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Win 7 Antispyware 2012 Registry is Destroyed!


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#1 tsmoore88

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:48 PM

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First time poster, long time reader- I am hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I am fixing my friends laptop and he had Win 7 AntiSpyware 2012, I have had much experience with Malware, Spyware, Adware and Scareware and the like but I had never run into something this difficult to remove.

The laptop is a Toshiba L455D-S5976 with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I read the tutorial on here that instructs you how to take it off of the computer but it was to no avail- downloading Spyware Doctor wasnt possible because the machine's internet connection is shot (due to Win 7 Antispyware 2012). I had Malwarebytes previously installed from an earlier fix, I update the definitions and scanned the PC, it came back with a few results but removing the found items had no effect. Same situation for SuperAntiSpyware and AdAware.

Long story short I had to yank the malware out through the registry and now nothing can install, the PC is saying that there is no hardware (no ethernet controller, wifi, audio or anything). Windows Aero is disabled and isnt available to be selected- as if the graphics card doesnt support it. I am kind of at the end of my rope on this thing, I was thinking about getting a copy of the registry from somewhere to import, I am pretty sure that would fix my problem entirely (since I am now free of Win 7 Antispyware 2012). Any thing I can do? I would greatly appreciate any help.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:18 PM

I had to yank the malware out through the registry

Certainly not a good idea.

Is the computer bootable at all?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:16 PM

I was thinking about getting a copy of the registry from somewhere to import, I am pretty sure that would fix my problem entirely (since I am now free of Win 7 Antispyware 2012). Any thing I can do? I would greatly appreciate any help.

Veery bad idea, each registry is diffrent, even if it's a clean install and your importing another clean install different oem versions of windows have different registry keys because of the programs installed or even a non oem version of windows will have different registry keys depending on the updates, service pack, programs installed ect.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:35 PM

I actually ended up finding out what the problem was, it seems I forgot that I had to switch the system over to selective start up in order to get safe mode to boot earlier in the fixing process. I am kicking myself for forgetting but decided to post this response just in case anyone is as forgetful as myself.

After I switched it back over to standard boot it started up fine and everything loaded well. I had previously ran Registry Mechanic and that fixed all the registry errors so it is 100% operational. Thank you for taking time to reply to my post though, I appreciate it.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:41 PM

I had previously ran Registry Mechanic and that fixed all the registry errors so it is 100% operational

Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended 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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