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Old 24. Nov 2014, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking at "Program Files" in my hard disc and felt that there are many files and folders that shouldn't be there. I am unable to recognize them for what they are; perhaps things left over by previously installed and un-installed programs, etc.

Is there a tool or a program that can identify unwanted files and folders?

Is there a tool or a program that can detect and delete unwanted files and folders?

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Old 24. Nov 2014, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as I know, there is no tool to identify unwanted files and folders. I'm afraid you'll have to research each item. What I do is search/google each item to see if I can connect it to anything that will clue me in to what it is. If I find it's for a program I uninstalled I delete it. If I don't know what it is I leave well alone.
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I do the same as Joe. I am familiar with the programs I installed on my computer, and so, I can tell which programs are installed, or which I have uninstalled, so I do not have to search a lot. But yes, I had to do that earlier when I was learning.
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Some software, such as antivirus programs, might hide bits of their data in various parts of the system and it might not be obvious what these are related to. This contributes to one of the biggest dangers of using a registry cleaner or tweak program by inexperienced users who are apt to delete shared files or duplicates that are there for a reason. This can render your machine unbootable so great care is needed. Unless you have a very small hard drive capacity. IMO it is best to leave potentially unnecessary files and folders alone as their presence is doing less harm than an erroneous removal might do.
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Some software, such as antivirus programs, might hide bits of their data in various parts of the system and it might not be obvious what these are related to. This contributes to one of the biggest dangers of using a registry cleaner or tweak program by inexperienced users who are apt to delete shared files or duplicates that are there for a reason. This can render your machine unbootable so great care is needed. Unless you have a very small hard drive capacity. IMO it is best to leave potentially unnecessary files and folders alone as their presence is doing less harm than an erroneous removal might do.
What if a copy is made and saved of the original file before doing a registry de-fragment or cleanup? If something goes wrong, to import the saved file to the registry.

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What if a copy is made and saved of the original file before doing a registry de-fragment or cleanup? If something goes wrong, to import the saved file to the registry.

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I still believe the best option is to leave well alone. The claims made by vendors promising to "speed up your computer" with these tools are just baloney. Back in the days when I was servicing live customers we saw more trashed systems caused by registry cleaners than ever we did caused by malware. Some programs have a registry backup feature which is a bonus although taking a regular system image would be a better option.
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MC makes good point, and he wrote what I forgot to write yesterday... to stay away from registry cleaners.

Registry cleaners are not meant to be used by novices, or general computer users. Also, the benefit obtained by registry cleaners is quite minimal, and the issues which can occur by registry cleaning gone wrong can be quite severe. So, it's better to leave registry alone.

Registry defragment is a different thing however, and can be done, if one wishes. I don't know how much difference it makes on the speed of the system. Not much, is my guess.
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Thank you both. The two of you have convinced me and I shall stay away from registry cleaners. How about a good free program to de-fragment the registry?

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Thank you both. The two of you have convinced me and I shall stay away from registry cleaners. How about a good free program to de-fragment the registry?

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You might find these articles of interest regarding this subject matter.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...s-registry.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...s-registry.htm

This external article is also from a trusted source and touches on defragging too.

http://lifehacker.com/5482701/whats-...hats-the-point

Since you would need a scientific tool to measure any performance gain, I would be asking myself is it really worth it?
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I use a tool to back up the FULL registry every day on first boot, much like Windows used to.
It has a companion tool that defrags the registry.


http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
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