Is it worth cleaning the registry?
Alright, I've been wondering about this for quite awhile. I have heard both sides of the argument and quite frankly I am uncoconvinced that running a registry cleaner actually does anything of value to systems they are run on.
I am under the opinion currently that running them often causes more harm than good and it would be great to get some feedback.
Can anybody explain to me any benefits or provide any substantial evidence supporting the use of registry cleaners in general rather than the usual "Oh it makes your computer waaaay faster" argument?
Basically to summarize what I've taken from these articles is this:
- If you don't run a registry cleaner you will decrease the risk of corrupting registry hives. If you run registry cleaners you certainly increase this risk.
- There may be minimal gains by either defragging or cleaning the registry, but these gains are almost impossible to measure or calculate.
So should I continue to ignore registry cleaners? Can somebody enlighten me on this subject?