Beware of PC speedup/cleaning tools

Started Jan 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
dwalby Veteran Member • Posts: 5,058
Re: yes and no

Nikon007 wrote:

Modern day Snake Oil. Any tech will tell you that.

I've used Iolo System Mechanic on two different computers over the years and it made a noticable difference in startup times and general responsiveness after cleaning out the registry clutter.  Got it for free at Fry's after rebate, year after year, so I figured I had nothing to lose.

Now, that being said, never use any registry cleaner without doing a complete C: drive image backup so you can restore your system if the cleaner takes out something important, which they do periodically.

I finally abandoned my latest copy of System Mechanic after it repeatedly caused some weird artifacts because something it wanted to remove was actually needed after all.

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