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Need Help with UniBlue RegistryBooster


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#1 Marc147

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 03:45 PM

I downloaded RegistryBooster from Uniblue and ran a scan of my registry. It found 874 registry errors. The problem is that I have no idea what to do with that information. It provided a log which I will gladly post if someone can offer some guidance as to what, if anything, I need to do to get my registry in order.

The errors are broken down into 3 catagories: system related errors, user related errors and 3rd party errors. Of the 874 erros found, the 542 "system related" errors are assigned a damage level of "high".

The RegistryBooster gives me the option of fixing the errors with the click of a button. I'm apprehensive about doing anything because I just don't know what i'm doing. I would appreciate some help with this. I'm running XP SP3 on a 4 year old desktop and trying to keep it running clean and efficiently.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:45 PM

Take that thing out of your system. It is bad news.


If you click Fix, you might have 2nd degree burns Dont use the tool at all.

Edited by bicycle bill, 02 February 2010 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:33 PM

DITTO !!!

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:49 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.XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

If you do insist on using Registry cleaners, ALWAYS backup the registry BEFORE making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article.)
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