I am having some small glitches with my computer and I suspect they are
due to small bits of previously removed programs remaining in the
registry. I was in Office Depot yesterday and noticed a couple of
programs for supposedly servicing Windows and cleaning up registry
problems. Has anyone on here ever had occasion to use such a program or
have any experience with them?
Yes, I have. Most of them work well, the only caveat being that they
(generally) need to be installed before you start installing/removing other
programs - this is to enable them to see what is going where, so that they
can make sure that all the bits of the other programs are removed
correctly. So, this may not help you at this time.
I assume you're using one of Windows many variatons? Windows is a real
bugger for dropping bits of code anywhere and everywhere and then
conveniently forgetting to remove them, even in its latest XP variation
(and I actually don't mind XP - my system has been very stable since I
started using it). I have developed the habit of backing-up everything I
need to save that I don't have copies of (documents, pix, downloaded
programs etc) then nukeing the HDD every so often and re-installing
everything clean - this is a hang-over from the bad old Win98 days (c: I
used to need to do it every 6 months or so with 98, but XP seems to be a
bit better at housekeeping. It's coming due though.
If you have the skill and time, then vape the HDD and start anew - bestest
way. If you want to use one of those programs, then do a bit of research -
the software may have developed to the point where it can clean bits of
code up without needing to know where it came from. Start with the
publisher's websites and go from there.
Best of luck
(The Aussie One)
I would highly recommend the Spy Sweeper / Windows Washer combination.
You can usually get them at BestBuy or CompUSA for around $10 after the
usual rebates. These two, used together, will make a major difference
in your computers performance and really clean up your registry and all
those fragments from deleted programs or internet activity.
"William H. Shuey" wrote in
FWIW. I'm a gear head from way back. Always carried the Norton Utilities
with me. have the most recent version on my WinXP. Windoctor generally does
a pretty decent job, plus the other utilities (maintenance and security
utilities) are pretty decent.
A little pricy in some combos but there are several mix and match packages.
Got to Symantec.com and have a look. You can buy it online and download
immediately. That's how I do it (I do upgrades this way.)
: I am having some small glitches with my computer and I suspect they are
: due to small bits of previously removed programs remaining in the
I find that FORMAT C: is an excellent tool for removing
the windows virus and all of the remora that lodge within
the main windows virus. :-)
All such programs have a nasty habit of removing shared DLL files along with
unwanted entries and crashing the PC.
My personal experience suggests the slight gain in PC performance is not
worth the drastic loss of reliability and data which often ensues.
Norton Systemworks Pro is pretty good but expensive, also redundant in
some features if you have other Norton stuff installed already. The
first time you run it's registry fix it takes awhie, it checks all the
garbage in there against what you have installed.
Count DeM> I would highly recommend the Spy Sweeper / Windows Washer combination.
I'd have to agree with that. While you're at it, devide the harddisk
into at least two partitions, one for programs, one for data, and when
reinstalling the lot, make sure the default paths to all sorts of data
point to the data partition. Makes it so much easier to do a wipe and
rebuild next time round.
I've been using PCs heavily from DOS 1.0 onwards and have encountered
that problem only one time. Along the years I've used multiple types
of tools for registry cleanups and have always liked the Norton tools
Many of the so-called Windows registry problems are actually from
programs that are not fully Windows-compatible, which covers a lot of
shareware-type programs. Many program installers are buggy and will
leave you with multiple DLL handles in the registry, and some will
install earlier versions of a DLL. You can back up DLLs and the
registry files prior to doing a registry cleanup if you are worried
about DLL issues. You can also go in and edit the registry files
yourself if you know what you are doing.
John Hairell ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Problem with that, Bruce, is then you want to install that Mac Virus, with
it's heaping helping of Macitude & it's Secret crashes & it's secret viruses
& all the secret stuff the Apple Gestapo doesn't want anyone to know about
their over-rated, over priced toybox. *smirk*
yeah, yeah and you wear a belt and suspenders. on your
some people just don't care for all the kernel junk and
somewhat arcane structure. make the install seamless with
hardware alterations automatically fixed and make ALL the
music, video and odd apps i use 100% compatible with zero
effort on my part without having to recompile every time i
make a change and maybe.......
this is strictly fun for me, i have zero business or work
garbage on my pc's. linux is not fun. and it's funny
i leaned pc's in 1990, a real latecomer. but i stayed up all
night to study.
: GO THE PENGUIN!!
Yeah... Been there, didn't like it. Don't see what the
hype is about.
Now, if Apple manages to make the correct decision, I'd
be happy to dump both the penguin and windoze from my laptop
and install o'sucks on it. Whether the sky capitan can make
that decision, however, remains to be seen. After all, he
screwed up 20 years ago when he make Macs completely closed...
: Wise Guy!! I take it you are not using Windows!
Unfortunately, the company I work for insists that I
work with one. The sorry fact is, the work I do on the PC
is for a OS that makes windoze a cake walk.
And, I left it on my laptop. There are times that I
need exploder to view a site (damn front page script
kiddies!) or be home from working. Errr, WORKing from HOME.
Yeah, that what I mean. And working on documents with -
Really, my biggest complaint with windoze is the
constant "ability to innovate" that comes from Redmond.
If only they would...