<<em>h3>What is Windows Registry
The Windows Registry is a database that stores settings and options for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains information and settings for hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, and per-user settings. The registry also provides a window into the operation of the kernel, exposing runtime information such as performance counters and currently active hardware.
The Need to Scan, Repair or Fix Windows Registry Errors
Over time after the prolonged use of the Windows computer, Windows Registry develops some broken, or missing entries, which are required to be cleaned on a regular basis otherwise they may affect the over all system performance. There are specialized programs, some paid and others freeware, which can easily scan and clean your Windows Registry and make it look tidy free from all Registry Errors.
Registry cleaners, or registry cleanup software, may improve the performance of computers by ridding the registry of redundant information.
Due to the sheer size and complexity of the registry database, manually cleaning up debris and invalid entries would be impractical, so registry cleaners are essentially tools that automate the process of looking for invalid entries, missing file references or broken links within the registry and resolving them.
CCleaner – The Ultimate Freeware Registry Cleaning Software
CCleaner (formerly Crap Cleaner) is a freeware utility program used to optimize a user’s computer performance and clean its registry. It was developed by Piriform and is designed for Microsoft Windows. CCleaner is freeware, and is available in 37 different languages, with more to be added. Piriform claims on the homepage that as of 3 September 2009 CCleaner had over 330 million downloads.
CCleaner allows the user to remove unused temporary files from Internet browsers and other supported applications along with browsing history, cookies, recycle bin, and AutoComplete form history. It allows for the cleaning of the recycle bin, memory dumps, file fragments, log files, system caches, application data, and various other data. The program also includes a Registry Cleaner to locate and correct problems in the Windows Registry such as missing shared DLLs, unused file extensions and application paths.
CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from certain programs, including Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Foxit Reader, Microsoft Office (97, XP, 2003, 2007), Nero Burning ROM, Java, Windows Live Messenger, ZoneAlarm, Flash Player, QuickTime, VirtualDub, Windows Media Player, 7-Zip, Avira AntiVir, Spybot – Search & Destroy, Windows Registry Editor, eMule, KaZaA, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip, and many other applications.
Here is a nice video on CCleaner – The perfect Tool to Scan, REpair or Fix Windows PC Registry
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