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Two free registry cleaner and uninstaller programs that I can’t live without

Updated on January 12, 2013

Almost every software program that you download onto your computer wants to install itself onto your startup menu. The net effect is that your computer is already bogged down before you ever start checking your email or log onto your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page.

The truth is that you only need four or five programs operating in the background in order to conduct most of your business on your computer.

I will often discover that I have downloaded a program that doesn’t perform as advertised, is too memory hungry or I find one that does the job better and decide to uninstall it. Many of them make it difficult to uninstall them and if you are successful they leave a lot of little files all over the place that eventually gum up the works. Your Windows registry keeps getting larger and larger and eventually becomes unmanageable.

You can go to a computer store and they will fix it for you for a cost that can range from $85 to $250 or you can do it yourself for little or no cost.

I have found two free software programs that can keep your startup neat and quick and that will uninstall unwanted programs easily without leaving traces of themselves all over your hard drive and registry.

I use the free version of C-Cleaner; short for crap cleaner, to keep the Windows registry running lean and mean and I use the free version of Revo Uninstaller to remove those nasty programs that don’t want to be removed and it also keeps my startup menu memory-efficient.

I won’t bog this article down with instructions because both of these freeware programs are intuitive and easy to download and operate.

These are the free download links:

C-Cleaner > http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

Revo Uninstaller > http://www.revouninstaller.com/start_freeware_download.html

This does not eliminate your need for a complete anti-virus program such as the one I use PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Thank you for the kind comments, Frogyfish.

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      I use CCleaner and really enjoy its simplicity. Will have to check out the Revo Uninstaller too. Thanks for the tip and link.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I have gotten programs a couple of times that were not good, so I appreciate the advice. I have used Spybot which seems to clean up excess files, but I didn't know about these two programs, so thank you.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Thanks for your comment, Team Wiseman. I have been using the Revo Uninstaller on all three of my home computers and several at work since it first came out. All of my friends that I have recommended it to have been more than happy with it.

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      Team Wiseman 4 years ago

      I use the Ccleaner and its great. I've been looking for a good, but free, uninstaller. I will try your suggestion. Thanks! Voted up & useful!!

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