What company offers the best PC clean up software with no scams, promises, gimmicks etc?
Advanced system care
if you are going to shareware then try tuneup utilities, iolo system mechanic
apparently Privazer (freeware) do also a good job you can follow a thread here
slimcleaner do also good job in cleaning junk files
i use it few times no problem and database it is updated.
always do a restore point before cleaning so in case recovering windows will be easy.
My vote goes for CCleaner also! Good points have been made about registry cleaners, they can cause more damage than they are worth.
Use CCleaner.Although,it might offer you to install one toolbar or extra software,you can simply choose not to install it during installation process.The software is very good to use.
The toolbar will only be added if you use an installer downloaded from CNet or the like. If you download it from Piriform, you'll get a "clean" installer.
I think that the consensus here would be CCleaner as it is safe, fairly quick, and easy. Others may recommend Advanced System Care, but most of what it finds that leads you to believe that is more than what CCleaner finds is just false information. This is due to some of the files not actually being able to be deleted or are files that are immediately regenerated.
I would be wary of many of the other cleaners, especially deep scanners that may delete important and necessary files. Unless you know what to look for when deleting files, do not use anything more than basic level cleaning, and this includes CCEnhancer add-on for CCleaner.
I can't see this thread and not comment about this - you really do not need to clean the registry. Seriously, if you fixed 1,000 errors in the registry, you wouldn't have any sort of impact on your system. It wouldn't get any faster or more reliable.
CCleaner is a great, reliable program, but you can completely ignore the registry cleaning part of it and still get use out of it. I use it myself, and I recommend it for cleaning up cache and other temporary files. But really, don't sweat about the registry.
Windows Disk Cleanup is a barebones, decent alternative, as well.
Most people should never need to mess around with the registry at all. But if a system has had a lot of software installed and later uninstalled, there will be a lot of crap left behind that can affect performance in some areas, primarily startup.
As far as compacting the database itself, it is a pretty useless process as it is only read in a single time then written out as time permits if changes are made to certain segments of the registry. The entire thing is verified at shutdown to make sure all pertinent changes are recorded. When it is initially read in, the keys that refer to files trigger a search for the file to ensure it exists, so if the registry still references files that no longer exist, it lengthens the startup process. Getting rid of these entries can have a significant impact on the overall startup time of the machine.
If a user suspects that there may be a lot of stale entries of this type in their registry, they should have an experienced tech deal with it to ensure that the cleanup is done properly. CCleaner and Wise tend to do a fairly good job of finding the relevant keys, but it also leaves other types of orphans that can be removed (HKEY_ROOT) as well. A novice should not try dealing with these issues themselves as they will frequently cause more problems than they fix even with automated tools.
Orphaned entries in HKEY_ROOT & HKLM can also cause various runtime errors, so proper, CAREFUL cleaning of those hives can eliminate errors primarily in third-party applications.
The best advice regarding the registry: If there is not a convincing amount of evidence that cleaning the registry may resolve errors or performance issues, it should be left alone. If there is sufficient cause to play with the registry, it should be done by a knowledgeable user, not a novice, and not in any kind of fully automatic mode by software. It should ALWAYS have human verification before ANY and ALL changes are made.
Ben, I agree. I should have mentioned this in my response!
Bruce put this ten times better than I did. Thanks for expounding on what I said!
CCleaner from http://www.piriform.com is generally agreed to be excellent. I also like Wise Disk Cleaner and Wise Registry cleaner, both from http://www.wisecleaner.com/ and MyDefrag, from http://mydefrag.com. And of course there's the "Disk Cleanup" built into Windows itself which is not too shabby.
It's also important to download from the right place. Either from original software's website (as per the links above) or from a "clean" download site (majorgeeks.com and sourceforge.net are both good).