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Hi,
I am using a registry cleaner software called Easy Cleaner.  I ran one of the options to find unecessary files...i.e. temp and backup files.   I didn't want to remove any files that would damage my system.  Most are .tmp files and seem okay to delete.  There is one backup file that is a database backup that I don't want to remove.  But, I also some a couple of files related to Visual Studio and I was hesistant about removing those.

here is a list of the files the software found that were deemed unecessary.

http://www.dwayneepps.com/temp.html

Does anyone see any file that might be harmful to remove?

Thanks for any help.
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Question by:-Dman100-
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by:souseran
ID: 20072490
I would hang on to these:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC#\Snippets\1033\Visual C#\~.snippet

791         Visual Studio Code Snippet File         2005/08/12 12:28          A

C:\Documents and Settings\Dwayne\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Backup Files\CompassLearning\~AutoRecover.CompassLearning.sln

13013         Microsoft Visual Studio Solution         2007/10/10 15:03          A

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\VC\atlmfc\src\mfc\mfc.bsc

12823552         Source Browser Database         2005/09/23 00:58          A  

The rest can go.
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by:-Dman100-
ID: 20072726
Hi Souseran,

Thanks for replying to my post.  I appreciate the help.

I will keep the above and delete the rest.

I ran the registry cleanup and it gave me about 356 files to remove.

Any in this list I should keep?

http://www.dwayneepps.com/registry.html

Thanks again for your help.
Regards.
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by:souseran
ID: 20072842
-Dman100-

Registry is trickier. If the Easy Cleaner program has an option to make a backup of the registry, do that BEFORE you remove anything. Here's what I would get rid of:

Anything on your list with MRU in the path. MRU stands for Most Recently Used, so those entries are only showing what you've accessed. You could download a freeware tool like  MRU-Blaster from:

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrublaster.html

That would save you some time for the rest of what I'm going to recommend.

Next to go would be those filenames that include Recent File List, RecentMovie, Recent, FileMRUList, OpenSaveMRU, Temp, Tmp, and the items in HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache.

If you decide to use MRU-Blaster, and then run the registry tool again after that, I'll look at the new list. There are some other things there you could delete IF you've already removed the programs and are sure they're gone. However, I would NOT recommend deleting the .DLL files that are in          C:\WINDOWS\system32\ unless you know what they are.
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by:-Dman100-
ID: 20074081
Hi Souseran,

Thanks for the link to mrubuster.  I downloaded, installed and ran it.  Deleted 1333 files.  How often would you recommend to schedule it to run?  By default, it is every 15 minutes?

Also, I went into the registry cleaner and removed the entries for Recent File List, Recent, FileMRUList, OpenSaveMRU, Temp, Tmp and the items in HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache

I'm not sure of the system32 dll files.  I removed a couple of programs yesterday that were just taking up space and I didn't need.  It could be leftover assemblies related to those items?  I'm not sure?

Here is the registry file after deleting the above entries.

http://www.dwayneepps.com/registry.html

Thanks for your help.
Regards.
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by:souseran
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-Dman100-:

Better. Still need to clean out these:

Entries with RecentMovie in the String Value

HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer         10/13/2007 11:52PM         RecentMovie1         F:\FlirtynFun\main_Flash8_v2.swf        
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie2       F:\FlirtynFun\main_Flash8.swf       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie7       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_2.swf       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie8       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_3.swf       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie9       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_1.swf
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer         10/13/2007 11:52PM         RecentMovie1         F:\FlirtynFun\main_Flash8_v2.swf        
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie2       F:\FlirtynFun\main_Flash8.swf       
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie7       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_2.swf       
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie8       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_3.swf       
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer       10/13/2007 11:52PM       RecentMovie9       F:\FlirtynFun\pic_1.swf       

Entries with Recent in the Registry key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ComponentPickerPages\Recent\{2483F435-673D-4FA3-8ADD-B51442F65349}\1         07/15/2007 05:20AM         FileName         G:\CaptchaExample\CaptchaUltimateCustomControl\obj\Debug\TempPE\DataSet1.Designer.cs.dll        
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ComponentPickerPages\Recent\{2483F435-673D-4FA3-8ADD-B51442F65349}\2       07/15/2007 05:20AM       FileName       G:\LVS\2118Point\obj\Debug\2118Point.dll
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ComponentPickerPages\Recent\{2483F435-673D-4FA3-8ADD-B51442F65349}\1         07/15/2007 05:20AM         FileName         G:\CaptchaExample\CaptchaUltimateCustomControl\obj\Debug\TempPE\DataSet1.Designer.cs.dll        
HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\ComponentPickerPages\Recent\{2483F435-673D-4FA3-8ADD-B51442F65349}\2       07/15/2007 05:20AM       FileName       G:\LVS\2118Point\obj\Debug\2118Point.dll             

Entries with OpenSaveMRU in the Registry key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\aspx         09/06/2007 12:15AM         a         C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CompassInternal\natlsalesregform.aspx        
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\aspx       09/06/2007 12:15AM       c       C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CompassInternal\LDAPGroupMembers.aspx       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\aspx       09/06/2007 12:15AM       d       C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CompassInternal\PressReleaseManager.aspx       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\aspx       09/06/2007 12:15AM       e       G:\CompassInternal\natlsalesregform.aspx       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\Config       03/08/2007 10:42AM       a       C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CompassInternal\Web.Config       
HKEY_CURRENT_USER: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSaveMRU\Config       03/08/2007 10:42AM       b       C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CompassPublic\Web.Config       

Entries with MRU in the Registry key

HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Adobe\MediaBrowser\MRU\Photoshop\FileList\2007-07-25T17:46:36.431Z         07/25/2007 05:46PM                 G:\CompassLearning\Projects\WebApps\Duval\images\footer.jpg        

Entries with Recent file list in the Registry key

HKEY_USERS: S-1-5-21-2000478354-1284227242-682003330-1003\Software\Macromedia\Flash 8\Recent File List         10/13/2007 11:38PM         File7         F:\FlirtynFun\main_Flash8v.1.fla        

As to the rest of them, you note that you removed a couple of programs. Let me know what they were, and I can check the .DLLs.

Regarding MRU-Blaster, I don't think it needs to be run more than once a day, when you're finished with the computer for the day. I have mine set to run as part of the Startup when I turn the computer on. To note, though, is that MRU-Blaster will clear the Start Menu | Documents folder, so if you depend on that, you may want to tweak the MRU-Blaster settings.
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by:-Dman100-
ID: 20074433
Hi souseran,

Okay, I think I got all of the ones you listed.

Here is the new registry listing after deleting further entries:
http://www.dwayneepps.com/regsitry.html

I used add/remove programs yesterday to delete the following applications:

Yahoo Toolbar for Internet Explorer
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
Flash 8 Plugin (then I installed Flash plugin 9)
TortoiseCVS (this is a freeware file versioning software)  I hadn't used it in a long time so I removed it)
There was Webinar type of software that I never recalled installing.  It might have been installed alongside some ofther applicaiton so I removed it.

That was everything I removed using add/remove programs

I set MRU-Blaster scheduler to run every 24 hours using the timer.  I started the timer about 15 minutes ago.  I didn't see an option to run the scheduler at startup.  I don't use the documents folder so I'm fine with that getting cleared by MRU-Blaster.

Regards.
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souseran earned 2000 total points
ID: 20074474
-Dman100-:

Much better. :-)

Re the entries that include the Registry key information with:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\

I'd recommend taking a LOOK at them in the registry to see if any of the registry keys give you an idea which programs they're with. If they turn out to be remnants of the programs you've uninstalled, it should be OK to delete them.

As to MRU-Blaster, what I did was to create a shortcut to the MRU-Blaster Silent Clean and put the shortcut in Start Menu | Programs | Startup. Then I turned off scheduling altogether. That way, every time I reboot the computer the MRU-Blaster runs.

If you're satisfied, I think our work here is done. :-)
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by:-Dman100-
ID: 20074639
thank you very much.  I sincerely appreciate the help.

Regards.
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