Registry cleaners

Question

Anybody know if these work? I had a free trial the other day and it said it found 212 Bad things, but it only remove 20 unless I purchased an update.

Second question, Where are the passwords that the computer remembers when you have the box checked, that says should I remember the password for this program kept? Is there anyway to view them, if so, how?

Answer

This question was answered on December 9, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Passwords can be saved all over the place, usually in browsers If you do a 'Find Files' search for 'pwl' (without quotes) you should be presented with a list which may, or may not, be readable because some programs encrypt passwords.

As for Registry cleaners, many people will tell you that they are probably a waste of time and can even be dangerous I personally have not had any problems as the result of using cleaners and they have actually helped me to solve some problems (but I may have been lucky) The critical issue is never to use a cleaner program that does not make a backup of what it removes and always have a registry backup (and know how to restore it) or a working Restore Point, before using a cleaner.

It is not uncommon for trial versions to demand payment before they will work properly I would not pay for a product that is marketed like that Try searching Google for 'registry cleaners' and you should find lots to look into if you really think you need to Are you having a particular problem that you think may be helped by using a cleaner?.

I currently use RegSupreme and Spybot Search & Destroy also has a useful feature that can sort out some registry inconsistencies.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 9, 2004