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1096769 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-05-23 08:30:00.0 UTC 2010-05-23T04:30:00.000-04:00 solutions-registry-cleaners-such-as-pc-doc-pro-are-waste-of-money Published 2010-05-22 01:27:41.0 UTC 2010-05-21T21:27:41.000-04:00 news/science/personaltech DTI 62888698 On April 9, you wrote that Mighty Max is a scam. How about PC Doc Pro 5? I found it through a search but don't recall doing anything to download it, but it is downloaded. I tried to delete it but got a "cannot delete" message. PC Doc Pro is another one of those "registry cleaners" that promise to "double the speed of your PC." You've probably seen TV commercials advertising similar types of products. It's all nonsense. The "problems" they claim to find scanning your PC are likely ones that they made up or purposely put there. I won't go as far as to say they are a scam, but I will say that they are a waste of your money. You don't need "registry cleaners." Their impact at best is minimal and at worst dangerous. You can't delete it while it is running. First try removing it through Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. If unsuccessful, boot into Safe Mode and try manual deletion of the PC Doc executable and its home folder. You can find a file's location (while it's running) by running Task Manager (right-click on taskbar and select Task Manager), find and right-click the process under the Process tab and select Open File Location. I had Windows One Care for a long time and then I switched over to Microsoft essentials, and I am happy with it except for one aspect. It does not do a backup the way Windows One Care did each month. Do you have any comment? One of the reasons Microsoft moved away from One Care was to reduce the overhead of the antivirus/spyware functions to just the essentials needed for those functions. This reduces the resource load on your system. Why carry around the memory and resource footprint of software that is used just occasionally? The recommendation for backup in Widows 7 is the Backup and Restore scheduler. You can find more info at www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/backup-and-restore.aspx. Windows XP information can be found at support.microsoft.com/kb/308422. Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column. By John Torro, Times Correspondent News,Personal Tech,Science & Technology Solutions: 'Registry cleaners' such as PC Doc Pro are waste of money 4STB B Section Solutions 4 solutions052410 2010-05-24 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-05-24T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/05/23/62888698-solutions-registry-cleaners-such-as-pc-doc-pro-are-waste-of-money StaffArticle On April 9, you wrote that Mighty Max is a scam. How about PC Doc Pro 5? I found it through a search but don't recall doing anything to download it, but it is downloaded. I tried to delete it but got a "cannot delete" message.News,Personal Tech,Science & TechnologyNews,Personal Tech,Science & TechnologyJohn Torro 501557 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:53:27.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:53:27.000-04:00 john-torro published 2013-02-13 19:28:35.0 UTC 2013-02-13T14:28:35.000-05:00 John Torro <p>John is the Solutions columnist for the <i>Times</i>. John started out in the computer industry in 1978 by writing Assembler language programs on punch cards, long before Windows made computing attainable for normal people with mouse clicks and icons. Over the course of his career, John has been a software developer and a systems and network manager for various mainframe and mini computers as well as Windows servers.</p> <p>John stresses "common sense computing" and urges his readers to keep their systems simple, safe and streamlined in an effort to avoid aggravation.</p> <p>John is a native New Yorker but has lived in Palm Harbor since 1981. John is married and has three grown children. He is passionate about sports and enjoys all types of music as well as playing and collecting guitars.</p> Times Correspondent writers DTI 39144959 John is the Solutions columnist for the Times. John started out in the computer industry in 1978 by writing Assembler language programs on punch cards, long before Windows made computing attainable for normal people with mouse clicks and icons. Over the course of his career, John has been a software developer and a systems and network manager for various mainframe and mini computers as well as Windows servers. John stresses "common sense computing" and urges his readers to keep their systems simple, safe and streamlined in an effort to avoid aggravation. John is a native New Yorker but has lived in Palm Harbor since 1981. John is married and has three grown children. He is passionate about sports and enjoys all types of music as well as playing and collecting guitars. <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:personaltech@tampabay.com ">personaltech@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Torro_John_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/39144959-john-torro AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:53:27.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:53:27.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOHN TORRO</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Correspondent 2264038 2016-02-04 03:13:05.0 UTC 7 Months Ago registry-for-animal-abusers-moves-forward-in-hillsborough-county news/politics/stateroundup Registry for animal abusers moves forward in Hillsborough County StaffArticle 2289940 2016-08-18 01:17:19.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago grassley-fbi-improperly-restricting-access-to-clinton-docs news/politics/national Grassley: FBI improperly restricting access to Clinton docs StaffArticle 2277903 2016-05-19 20:01:00.0 UTC 3 Months Ago herwaste-jrjejejejejejejjejj news/localgovernment Politics shows in selection of waste-to-energy contractor StaffArticle <p><b>On April 9, you wrote that Mighty Max is a scam. How about PC Doc Pro 5? I found it through a search but don't recall doing anything to download it, but it is downloaded. I tried to delete it but got a &quot;cannot delete&quot; message.</b></p> <p>PC Doc Pro is another one of those &quot;registry cleaners&quot; that promise to &quot;double the speed of your PC.&quot; You've probably seen TV commercials advertising similar types of products. It's all nonsense. The &quot;problems&quot; they claim to find scanning your PC are likely ones that they made up or purposely put there. I won't go as far as to say they are a scam, but I will say that they are a waste of your money. You don't need &quot;registry cleaners.&quot; Their impact at best is minimal and at worst dangerous.</p> <p>You can't delete it while it is running. First try removing it through Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. If unsuccessful, boot into Safe Mode and try manual deletion of the PC Doc executable and its home folder. You can find a file's location (while it's running) by running Task Manager (right-click on taskbar and select Task Manager), find and right-click the process under the Process tab and select Open File Location.</p> <p></p> <p><b>I had Windows One Care for a long time and then I switched over to Microsoft essentials, and I am happy with it except for one aspect. It does not do a back</b>up the way Windows One Care did each month. Do you have any comment?</p> <p>One of the reasons Microsoft moved away from One Care was to reduce the overhead of the antivirus/spyware functions to just the essentials needed for those functions. This reduces the resource load on your system.</p> <p>Why carry around the memory and resource footprint of software that is used just occasionally? The recommendation for backup in Widows 7 is the Backup and Restore scheduler. You can find more info at www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/backup-and-restore.aspx. Windows XP information can be found at support.microsoft.com/kb/308422. </p> <p><i>Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:47:30