Is it safe to use a registry cleaner?

David November 11, 2010
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I just installed Glary utilities on my new netbook. Can or should I use the registry cleaner regularly without worry? I am running Windows 7 Starter. It is an ASUS 1015 PEM.

  1. Oscaradog
    November 15, 2010 at 3:15 am

    There is a consensus, thanks. - David

    • Aibek
      December 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

      Most of the registry cleaners have an option to backup the registry before making any changes to it. Some do this automatically. That said, i wouldn't recommend using unless you're well familiar with what you're doing and able to restore your PC in case something goes wrong.

  2. Vineeth Reddy
    November 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I would suggest that you do not use a registry cleaner unless you are a advanced computer user.

  3. Tina
    November 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    David,

    more than any other performance enhancing tools, registry cleaners can potentially cause a lot of damage. Hence, you should only use one if your computer runs slow and you have exhausted all other means of cleaning up your system.

    Chris Pirillo published a very informative article and a video about the subject. You can read it here. In short, he recommends that you do not use a registry cleaner.

    Be sure to make a backup of your registry first and know how to restore it if needed. Also create a Windows Restore Point.

    We have had similar questions with some helpful answers before. You can view them here:
    How can I clean my registry?
    Why is a registry cleaner needed?