Advanced SystemCare...is it safe?

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Oct 5, 2010
  1. GeekyGuy
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    Someone recommended this software to me, and though the vast majority of user reviews were glowing, there were a good 400-500 reviews that warn it is an unsafe, sort of scam software that virtually hijacks your system. Anyone have experience this thing?
     
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    Never heard of it, so I wouldn't try it.
     
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    If 400-500 people tell you not to download it, I'd say don't download it.
     
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    If you install a program, it scans and then tells you there's a bunch of issues, but it won't tell you where or what exactly they are, then wants to charge you to remove them, it's a scam. Not always an infection, but it's a good way to trick you out of your money. These programs can almost be classified as "scare-ware".

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986
    The registry is mostly text data. The size of it should not really concern you, a modern computer can deal with a registry three times normal size without much of an issue at all. I had a windows install that was over five years old, and my registry measured a little over 65 megabytes. It's not like I never did anything, my "program files" list was pages long on the screen, too.

    There are parts of the registry that could be cleaned up sometimes, and there are errors that can happen, however they fall into one of two categories.

    1 - The first are generic things, like useless file extension entries, incorrect uninstall information, things like that. Those are quite common and any registry cleaner will be sure to get them. These are not critical things, but they are nice to keep in check. Cleaning these things can speed up things like how fast your uninstall programs list from the control panel starts up, and other system menus like that. They can also speed up startup time by up to a few seconds.

    2 - The second type are bad, critical errors. These are the things that most paid registry cleaners try to scare you with, and they do happen, but they are usually a symptom, not a cause. The root cause itself should be treated, and not by a mindless program.

    The only registry cleaner I can personally recommend is CCleaner (which is a general computer cleaner that has registry-cleaning on the side). It will take care of the first type of errors, and properly alert you to the second type without charging you for information about your own computer.

     
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    I have used that software, and it seemed fine to me, Microsoft Security Essentials never complained about it. I can't remember it trying to charge me for anything it did, although I do think there was a Pro version, but it didn't diagnose the problem, then tell me to use the Pro version to fix it, it just didn't check for the stuff only the Pro version could do IIRC. But I really didn't notice any performance difference after having used it.
     
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    One those, eh?

    Thanks for the replies, guys, and thanks for the help, Rydian. I'll steer clear.
     
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    Actually from what others say it might not be one of those.

    But me, I trust any "fix ur computer!" programs as much as I'd trust a robot to give me a haircut.

    No thanks, I'd rather a human do it.
     

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