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Author Topic: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25  (Read 603 times)

MilesAhead

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Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:29:14 AM »
For some reason Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25 just showed up on Snapfiles today.  Perhaps they just got around to notifying Snapfiles of their new version(released March 5, 2016.)

Anyway, I know from issues on Windows Vista, Seven and Eight forums that Explorer shellbags can have old information and run out of room for new stuff.  Which is why Explorer can forget folder size and window placement information.  What this analyzer and cleaner does is sift through all the shellbags in the Registry and produce a report.  Then you can erase the shellbags left over from deleted folders and/or optimize the remaining shellbags.

I recommend using some method of backing up your Registry before experimenting.  I made a snapshot with RollbackRX and also used Tweaking.com RegistryBackup before trying it. So far it seems to make the taskbar population snappier(I have a triple row of icons in my Taskbar.)

For freeware it looks like something kind of fun.  It is touted as a privacy utility since supposedly the Registry has this info of deleted folders and the names of the folders might give some clue what programs you were running or something.  But I think the shell optimization effect may be more useful in the real world.

I have only done one clean and optimization.  But so far things seem better than before running it.  But I do have my backups if weird stuff happens.  :)


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Re: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 10:46:09 AM »
That could be quite handy if it can find and delete broken Quick Access links - that for some reason can't be deleted - in Windows 10. I've run across that occurrence about half a dozen time in the past 6 months ... so the issue is on the radar looking for a fix other than dumping everything under QA.

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Re: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 02:03:50 PM »
I don't have anything running W10.  Not even a VM.  So I don't know if those would be picked up in the analysis scan.  It might be worth a run.  It is an exe with no install.  When run it creates an .ini file in the same folder as the exe.

So far I haven't noticed any negative side effects.

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Re: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2016, 02:54:07 PM »
It is an exe with no install.

Always nice to find. Thanks.
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Re: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2016, 07:34:02 PM »
I had never heard the term "shellbag" before today.  Good to know about them...

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Re: Shellbag Analyzer and Cleaner 1.25
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2016, 09:35:51 PM »
I had never heard the term "shellbag" before today.  Good to know about them...

Bill Gates must have seen Ursula Andress carrying one in Dr. No.  Otherwise he probably would have named it "sack of system crap."  :)