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O/T--Best Registry Utility Program?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Sgt. Mike, Mar 27, 2009.

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  1. Sgt. Mike

    Sgt. Mike TS Member

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    I would like some advice on the best registry utility program. I've tried Registry Cure and Registry Mechanic but I can't say I'm happy with either. Opinions, and recommendations appreciated. Michael
     
  2. Carol Lister

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    http://www.trapshooters.com/noframes/cfpages/sthread.cfm?threadid=174961

    I've said it before... registry cleaning software is about the quickest way to mess up a PC. They're money makers for software companies and computer recovery specialists like me. Registry cleaners can't tell junk for jewels; they don't know what you may need later and they can't read dependencies (one registry key pointing to another).

    If you want to speed up your system, delete the temporary internet files regularly, slim down the boot load so that you're not starting half your hard drive each time you start the computer and make sure you have enough RAM for what you're asking the system to do. Let the registry take care of itself. But, hey... it's your system!

    Carol Lister

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  3. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Carol,

    How does one "slim down the boot load?" I would love to not have windows live messenger not boot up on start up among other things.

    Thanks, Eric
     
  4. Shooting Jack

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    Hi Carol, I have the same problem with about ten things loading every time I start the computer up. It takes close to ten minutes to start up. What's the cure? Once everything is up it resonds pretty quick for an old computer thats 2.3 ghz and one gig of ram. Jackie B.
     
  5. Quack Shot

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    I would NOT recommend ANY registry tool. Playing with the registry is a big no-no. If you need to edit a few entries, you should have the knowlegde about what it is you are doing, or you should not be doing it. Those registry fixing utilities are one easy way to get into trouble. Be sure to back up your registry BEFORE screwing it up.

    Try MSCONFIG to edit start up items. There are other programs out there that may do almost the same thing. Just be careful about what you select.
     
  6. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    I have Eusing Registry cleaner and am very happy with it.

    The amount of dead stuff after a couple weeks is amazing.

    This one can be set to only clean the areas you want.

    Sorry no link, google is your friend.

    HM
     
  7. Carol Lister

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    My job title is "system recovery specialist". My job is to retrieve lost or deleted data and to revive corrupted systems that have crashed for whatever reason. I am familiar with what can be done to "tweak" (speed up) a system but I have limited experience in doing it. I can explain some of what can be done; you can decide if you know enough about your system to try to do it.

    Reducing the boot load of a system is an individual thing. It involves different actions for each system depending on the configuration of the system so I can't make a blanket "this is what you need to do" statement. But I can give some highlights. If you don't know what something does, leave it alone. You will probably be able to identify unknown processes by using the Process Library web site.

    The startup load that is easiest to remove from a system are the applications (programs) that begin running at startup but don't have to. Shutting down unnecessary programs shuts down the running processes that slow startup.

    How do you know what's running? There are several sources for that information. The only things that really need to run at boot are the operating system (and its processes) and protection (anti-virus, anti-malware and firewalls that run resident). Other programs like Photoshop, Adobe or Foxit PDF readers and editors, Frontpage, MS Office, MSWord, Open Office, audio and video processors, Excel, security scanners etc. don't need to start with the system as they have no function at that time. A useful utility to identify what runs on your system at startup is one called Autoruns. When it opens, a click on the "Log On" tab will list what is started with the operating system. The box beside each entry gives the option to disable an item at start-up by simply unchecking its box.

    As has been mentioned, you can also consult your system's configuration log. Open the "Start" menu and click on "Run". In the "run" box type <I>msconfig</i> and click "OK". When the configuration utility opens, click the "Startup" tab to open the startup list. You probably won't recognize most of what's on the list but if you see "Adobe Acrobat" or "MSWord" or "Photoshop" with a check in the box beside it, uncheck the item a let it start when you need it. If you see something that doesn't have an entry in the "Location" column, you may have found an infection of some sort that bears further investigating.

    A useful utility for analyzing which processes are consuming the most system resources is one called Process Explorer. Opening the Explorer will reveal a system tree of processes while the "CPU" column will show how much of the systems resources are being used by a process (Note: A system at rest will show upwards of 98% usage of the "System Idle Process"; that's good.) Pointing the cursor at a process, running or otherwise, will expand information about what program it's associated with. If the program isn't needed at startup, it can be disabled. A more basic form of this information can be obtained by right-clicking a blank spot in the task bar at the bottom of the screen and selecting "Task Manager" from the menu. A process that's using a lot of system resources when the computer is really doing anything may be related to an infection of some sort.

    Sometimes it's necessary to go into the settings for individual programs, locate the setting that causes the program to begin running at start-up and disable it. This may be the only option if you can't locate a program on a start-up monitor/diagnostic tool.

    The "messenger" business is confusing and I don't like to get into it because there is "Windows Messenger Service", "Windows Messenger", "MSN Messenger" and "Windows Live Messenger". All the messengers are integrated into the operating system to some extent.

    The "Windows Messenger Service" was designed to let anyone anywhere place pop-ups on your system for communications purposes. It turned into a major span vehicle and should be disabled for security reasons. Microsoft provides instructions for doing that on this page.

    "Windows Messenger" is the "instant messenger" part of Outlook Express in Internet Explorer. If you have it on your system and want to disable it, open OE, go to TOOLS > WINDOWS MESSENGER > OPTIONS > PREFRENCES and in the "General" tab uncheck both "Run this program when windows starts" and "Allow this program to run in the background." After doing this IM does not load on startup and Outlook Express loads as usual.

    "Windows Live Messenger" is part of Hotmail now. I have never tried to meddle with it but I did locate instructions on how to do so. I have not tried these procedures so I can not vouch for their reliability. For the procedure to disable WLM, read this link. For instructions to remove WLM, read this link.

    Carol Lister
     
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