I don't personally recommend the use of ANY registry cleaners 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
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
Your version of Adobe Reader is out of date
. Older versions have vulnerabilities that malicious sites can use to exploit and infect your system.
Please follow these steps to remove older version Adobe components and update:
Your Adobe Reader is now up to date!
- Download the latest version of Adobe Reader Version X. and save it to your desktop.
- Uncheck the "Free McAfee Security plan Plus" option or any other Toolbar you are offered
- Click the download button at the bottom.
- If you use Internet Explorer and do not wish to install the ActiveX element, simply click on the click here to download link on the next page.
- Remove all older version of Adobe Reader: Go to Add/remove and uninstall all versions of Adobe Reader, Acrobat Reader and Adobe Acrobat.
If you are unsure of how to use Add or Remove Programs, the please see this tutorial:How To Remove An Installed Program From Your Computer
- Then from your desktop double-click on Adobe Reader to install the newest version.
If using Windows Vista and the installer refuses to launch due to insufficient user permissions, then Run As Administrator.
- When the "Adobe Setup - Welcome" window opens, click the Install > button.
- If offered to install a Toolbar, just uncheck the box before continuing unless you want it.
Your version of Java is out of date. Older versions have vulnerabilities that malicious sites can use to exploit and infect your system.
- Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 6.
- Look for "JDK 6 Update 26 (JDK or JRE).
- Click the "Download JRE" button at the right.
- Read the License Agreement, and then check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".
- Select "Windows x86 Offline" and click on jre-6u26-windows-i586.exe
- Save it to your desktop
- Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.
- Uninstall all older versions of Java (any item with Java Runtime Environment, JRE or J2SE in the name).
- Reboot your computer once all Java components are removed.
- Install the newest version by double clicking (run as Administrator for Windows Vista/Seven) the downloaded file.
Please launch Malwarebytes Antimalware, update it and run a full scan. Post me the resulting log.