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Infected Registy Keys

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#1 Equador


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Posted 03 July 2008 - 10:42 AM

Hi, all.
When I ran a Uniblue Spyeraser scan, it comes up with two infected registry keys results that I'am worried about. The first one is named PSW-Stealer.Nilage (General Components). The infected key is identified as hkey_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\services\6to4\parameters\. This infection is described by Uniblue as a password cracking program that steals encrypted passwords on a computer or a computer network. It usually runs in stealth mode to avoid detection and can pose serious security and privacy threats. I googled this first infection and the results were not good. This infection could be a trojan.
The second infection is named Malware (General Components). The infected key is given as hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\internet explorer\main\start page\about:blank
This second infection is described thus: Malware is a malicious program that is developed to seriously harm and damage the targeted system and may be installed without the knowledge or consent of the user. It can change sysem settings, corrupt the registry and destroy personal data.
I have since activated my Windows Firewall. My operating system is Windows XP Professional and I have installed AVG Free.
Will someone help me remove these infections? Thanks all.

Edited by Equador, 03 July 2008 - 10:46 AM.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:53 PM

Have you recently had a malware infection that required cleaning. I'm not so sure I would trust those results if not.

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications. There are a number of them available and some are more safe than others. Keep in mind that no two registry cleaners work entirely the way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad" entry. One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause a problem when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system unbootable.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results". Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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