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#1 ditzy


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Posted 14 September 2004 - 07:09 PM

Ran a program thingy and found more than 10 spyware infections such as Claria, MSView, I-Lookup, Gator just to name a few.
Also found to have more than one registry key. What are they, their purpose. And can I get rid of them?

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Posted 14 September 2004 - 07:27 PM

Here is how Webopedia explains it, which is as clear as anything I have seen:

"A database used by the Windows operating system (Windows 95 and NT ) to store configuration information. The Registry consists of the following major sections:
# HKEY_Classes_Root - file associations and OLE information
# HKEY_Current_User - all preferences set for current user
# HKEY_User - all the current user information for each user of the system
# HKEY_Local_Machine - settings for hardware, operating system, and installed applications
# HKEY_Current_Configuration - settings for the display and printers
# HKEY_Dyn_Data - performance data

Most Windows applications write data to the Registry, at least during installation. You can edit the Registry directly by using the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) provided with the operating system. However, you must take great care because errors in the Registry could disable your computer."


Generally, if the key is a DUPLICATE, or points to a program no longer installed, it is comparatively safe to uninstall the keys. HOWEVER, be sure to use an application that will save the deleted entries, just in case you make a mistake and have to restore one or more of them.
Again, use caution; if you are unsure, then leave them alone. The space and time deleting them saves is not enough, in most cases, to compensate for possibly damaging the functionality of your computer.

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#3 Grinler


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Posted 14 September 2004 - 11:48 PM

May want to do this:

Please follow these steps in order to clean your computer of Malware which can include Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Spyware, Hijackers and Dialers.

Step 1:
Download Spybot and Adaware from the following locations and install them. You should run both programs and clean up what it finds. This is to gaurantee that you find the most malware you can installed on your computer.

Before running the scans on both programs, it is mandatory that you update the programs. There are update options in each program when you run them.



If you would like to learn more about how to use these two programs with the proper settings you can read the tutorials below:

Using Ad-aware to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer.

Using Spybot - Search & Destroy to remove Spyware, Malware, & Hijackers from Your Computer.

When you scan with both programs, fix everything that it finds.

When you are done with the scan and fixing the items. Please continue with the next step.

Step 2:

It is important that you run Spybot and Adaware before you proceed with this step. Fixing enties with Hijackthis may leave behind unwanted files on your computer if the previous step was not done first.

Create a directory on your hardrive to save HijackThis.exe. A directory like c:\hijackthis. If you do not do this, you will not be able to use the backup/restore features.

Download HijackThis from:

HijackThis Download Site

Save this file into the directory you made previously and then run the program. Click on the Scan button and when it is finished click on the Save Log button. A Notepad window will open with the contents of this log. Click on Edit then click on Select all. Then click on Edit and then Click on Copy.

Create a reply to this post here, and right click in message area and select paste to paste the log into the post.

Someone will reply to you after reading this post. DO NOT fix any entries unless you understand what you are doing.

To see a tutorial on using HijackThis you can click on the link below:

Using HijackThis to Remove Spyware, Browser Hijackers, and Dialers

#4 Commander Gman

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:05 AM

Hello there :thumbsup:
Registry keys are needed in your computer to run things,they store info there to either provide information about a particular program or so it can start however,If it has been tampered by spyware or some virus,you need to fix it somehow by using registry fixing programs or else you may experience slow startups,application freezing and even system crashes due to so many registry keys that have been damaged so you should probably delete the registry that the program found
Here is another program that can help fix your registry:(free)
Note:Also,when you uninstall a program,probably 1-2 Registry keys are left behind by that program ending up till the computer slows down due to many damaged registry keys
When your registry is fixed,your system is now good to go just make sure however to scan your registry for errors or damages to fix your pc
Hope this information is valuable
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 09:27 AM

One must practice extreme caution when using registry cleaners.

Always backup your registry beforehand!
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 09:32 AM

And always check the date of the post you are responding to!!!
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 03:03 AM

And always check the date of the post you are responding to!!!

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