In my experience no one cleaner seems to do the trick. I use 3 different ones and the combination seems to be able to find and delete most old registry junk. I use:
Adreg Clean, Registry Healer, RegVac. I also use the reg cleaner included with system mechanic. Remember as stated in the other post backup everything first and keep the deleted reg key (backups the prg's make) for at least 2 weeks. Also if a program asks you to delete a key and you are not sure what is dose or is for LEAVE IT -- it's always best to air on the side of caution. A regular cleaning of the registry will keep the junk to a minimum.
Hope this helps - have a good week-end.
1=cleancenter remove old junk files
2=system mechanic old junk files and then the reg clean
4=reg compressor4pro to compact and then backup the reg
I do this in that order and always make backups and leave them on the harddrive for at least 10 days....... you will be suprised at the size of your reg after you have done this its a joke example download a zip open it you like it you keep the file delete the zip sounds ok eh yeah well that just added a line to your reg and they all build up and this is on XPpro and I know it was the same on win98 I remove invalid entires almost daily and I tell you when you shrink the reg it sure as hell shows but you must use common sence and read the entries and be curious about whats there .....but I find it unreal at the amout of invalid crap our reg's build up
I used his regcleaner for a while....the new power tools are great. I love the duplicate file finder...and well...I have plenty of files that are the same..it helps to to save HD space. There's some nice utilities built into that thing....I'd say use them..
Thanks for the plug on regvac I use a few reg cleaners and thought overall my reg would be on the trim and clean but I ran regvac and wow 515 entries LOLOL ok I am sold regvac just earned a #1 status on this machine
Always and of course when you clear make backup's in case but I never thought that I would find as many as 515 not after all the stuff I use already , but sure as hell was 515 invalid entries and there were 3 that I skipped over but like I had said a few posts back always read carefully and make backups and if your not 100% sure then dont touch and leave it be