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Will CCleaner clash with Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials on a Windows 7 System?

asked by Alan Z. on 2/9/18

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No. But I assume you have a proper anti-virus also (eg. Bitdefender Free, Kaspersky Free, Bullguard free trial, etc... or paid versions if heavy surfing/downloading
- I avoid Avast products like Avast, AVG (used to be great), Avira... too much blah and advertising, and also find McAfee and Norton slow down the computer and browsing too much...

MSE on win 7 is a security programme meant to run in background.
CCleaner is a cleaning tool, not a security or anti-virus tool.
Malwarebytes Adwcleaner - is not an anti-virus programme - it is designed to identify adware / malware. I would just run occasionally manually (once a month or so) - I don't like stuff set to auto-run cleanups (including CCleaner not)
NOTE... CCleaner is ok upto version 5.40. After that infested with Avast advertising. Just get CCleaner version 5.40 (still available on softpedia and file hippo etc - or get CCleaner PORTABLE from there and download it direct to a USB stick and run it from USB stick)... if you select the wrong options in CCleaner you might delete something you wanted to keep. It can't 'damage' the computer but you can delete software files that cause the computer to behave wrong. ALWAYS create restore point before doing anything significant to system etc...

Tidying your registry will make no difference to your computer unless the registry is completely corrupted - but then you need more than a freeware cleaner...

I personally like 'Malwarebytes Adwcleaner' (free), and 'PCDecrapifier 3. 0. 1' - small freeware programmes that don't install anything and just help you clean crp of the computer... If you don't know what you are doing - do not mess with stuff suggested by PCDecrapifier... In windows - also just use... Windows Administrative Tools - Disk Cleanup...

The main thing to keep computer speed is to uninstall not needed programmes and Apps and block bs stuff from Startup - big startup slow downs can be Dropbox, OneDrive, - UNinstall them unless you use them. Can get them free later if needed... CREATE RESTORE point before messing with the system and uninstalling stuff - can then recover by going back in time using 'System Restore' if need to... and if you have Dell or HP - a least half of their Apps are unnecessary (like...'support assist' - Uninstall imho).
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