Thanks much, Broni. I can always count on you, Cryptodan, Union_Thug, and many others to steer me right. I love this site.
Not to get too off-topic, but I never use ASC's reg cleaner. I do use Ccleaner's reg cleaner on occasion, but only for the .dll files which don't exist after uninstalling programs. But I'm pretty paranoid already about reg tweaks, and after what you all on here have to say, as well as your links, well, I'll just not worry about what's in my reg. I mostly use these programs to securely erase my cache and so on.
I'll uninstall my two IObit programs, and since my Firefox homepage has been hijacked EVERY single time over the years after installing or updating an IObit program (but not my IE page, oddly), very likely never use their products again. Thanks for putting my mind at ease about probably not being infected. My scans continue to come up clean. I also checked for rootkits via TDSS. Nothing found.
Thank you kindly, as always. Greatly appreciated.