What was so attractive about CCE in the first place was that it is portable - no installation, less interference from other programs. Unfortunately, the latest version of CCE (2.5.242177), which I installed on my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop running Windows Vista SP2, does not work well at all. The Smart Scan starts, then the program closes (crashes) and that is the end of it. I managed to run a couple of Custom Scans of specific folders, which was the only option that ran well. That is unless I check the option to scan Hidden files and folders. If it is checked - the program crashes and closes again. BTW, it would be good to separate Hidden Registry Objects and Hidden Services - one does not require reboot, the other does. The Autoruns does not even open (from all possible start options) - it starts the Initializing window, and then disappears completely. KillSwitch appears to be working though.
I contacted the Support and didn't get much help. The only suggestion was to start CCE in Windows Save mode, which is kind of ridiculous - each time to restart the entire system in Save mode just to open Autoruns or do a quick check by a Smart Scan (even if they would be working then). His second suggestion was to post this problem on the Forum, which is I am doing now.