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Is Registry Easy harmful?


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#1 awesome_irl

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:35 PM

I've just downloaded the full version of registry easy a few days ago and it what it said it'll do but recently, I've noticed that numerous programs on my computer (including google chrome) have been getting blocked and I can't seem to delete any files since the option of tunning that program has also been blocked by the data prevention, my question is if all these problems are a result of downloading the program or if it's been just an unfortunate coincidence. (And as an added piece of information, I've ran malwarebytes-antimalware and man of the viruses had the name of "whitesmoke")

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#2 Allan

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:38 PM

Just downloading the program wouldn't cause problems. Did you run it? If so then yes, that's your problem. Registry cleaners CAUSE problems, they do not cure them. You should NEVER use any registry cleaners. NEVER.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:23 PM

To expand on the message that Allan shared. I'll give you the official Bleeping Computer stance on Registry Cleaners:

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.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:18 PM

RegistryEasy is scamware. Do not under any circumstances install it.

Whitesmoke is a fairly unfriendly infection to have, I'd advise creating a DDS log and posting it to our Malware Logs Forum so that you can get cleaned up. Follow this guide to post a log.

http://us.norton.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-072912-1853-99
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/registryeasy.com
http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/www.registryeasy.com/msgpage

Edited by Andrew, 26 March 2011 - 07:18 PM.





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