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#1 Rky

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:21 PM

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I have been fighting a nasty virus. I could not get any of the scripts in the prep guide (or some others suggested) to run. Finally I reset my compaq back to the factory installed settings. This helped to the point where I could get McAfee running and between that and some others (IOBit, SuperAnitSpyware, etc.) things are working better.

While I was download some of the scanning programs, I came across Advanced Registery Optimizer. The free version found 373 Register Errors and offered to sell me the full program to remove them. Is this worthwhile?

If this is not the correct forum, please suggest the appropriate one.

Thank you
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:36 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

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 inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same 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 problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• 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.Hope that helps.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:55 PM

What Blade said. :thumbsup:

Plus, I am very wary about any program that does any kind of "scan" and then makes you buy it before it will fix all the "errors" it "found". This kind of high-pressure scare tactic is usually indicative of malicious and/or rogue software. While I'm not personally familiar with Advanced Registry Optimizer, and therefore can't make any judgments about it, based on the sales tactic alone I wouldn't use it.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:08 PM

Thank you Blade and Andrew.

I appreciate your quick and thorough response.

I was wary when I started reading things on the internet entitled 'Don't Buy a Registry Clearn until you read our site" kinds of links. It made me think scam.

I will leave the registry alone and read more about the registry. Although when I tried to open your link below it did not seem to work.

read Understanding The Registry.
http://www.pcsupportadvisor.com/sasample/E1209.pdf

Thank you and best regards,
Roger

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:25 PM

Thanks for the heads up. . . I've removed that link from my info. :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:29 PM

I think it's this link you want: http://www.techsupportalert.com/pdf/e1209.pdf

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:22 PM

Thanks AA! . . . functioning link added back! :thumbsup:

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