Some people may think that registry cleaners are dangerous for your PC. While registry cleaners, if used improperly, can cause adverse affects to your computer, they’re generally safe and effective to use.

Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize how registry cleaners could potentially harm your PC. Since registry cleaners change some of the most important configuration files on your PC, editing the wrong file can harm that program. In addition to causing application errors, incorrect registry edits can also harm the Windows files on your PC.

Some cleaners have trouble distinguishing between the importances of various registry key entries. What one program may see as a critical error, another may see as an important Microsoft file. If this configuration file gets deleted, Windows may start to display minor errors. In more severe cases, the deletion of these files could prevent your operation system from properly starting up.

In fact, any danger that occurs from using a registry cleaner is usually more a result of a low-quality cleaner than anything else. As always, it’s important to read reviews before downloading a product. Good registry cleaners will never harm your computer, and the reputation of one cleaner should not drag down an entire line of products.

For that reason, registry cleaners generally require a little bit of computer knowledge in order to be used properly. The ability to distinguish between scams and legitimate registry cleaners on the internet is the most important skill to have, as some registry cleaners are simply vehicles through which malware is installed onto your computer.

This illustrates another danger of registry cleaners, and the internet itself: not everything you download from the web is trustworthy. Hackers are constantly trying to find new ways to access your computer, and one of these ways is to mask a script as a registry cleaner. Once on your computer, these fake cleaners may steal your information, install malware, or commit other unfortunate acts.

To prevent this from happening to you, make sure the site from which you’re downloading the program looks clean and professional. Additionally, look for user reviews of the product. If other people have downloaded and used it successfully, then it’s probably a safe program.

Fortunately, most registry cleaners offer a free backup of your files before editing your registry. If you begin to notice any adverse affects after a cleaning, it’s best to reverse the changes to see if the problem stops. If this fixes the problem, then you may want to find a better registry cleaner!