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#1 bobberg

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:32 PM

I have Norton Security Suite and it won't allow me to update the Registry Cleanup scan, because it says "unable to take system restore point" error -2147223001. I ran MalwareBytes and that it reported a successful clean after finding and fixing 4 items. Previous when going on IE and google, when clicking on search result, taken to different site.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:09 PM

Solved

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:41 AM

Glad to hear you resolved the problem.

Just so you know, Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

:step1: 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.

:step2: 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. Further, some vendors who offer registry cleaners use deceptive advertisements and claims which are borderline scams. They may alert you to finding thousands of registry errors which can only be fixed and improve performance if you use their product.

:step3: 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.

:step4: 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.

:step5: 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 04 September 2011 - 10:04 AM

The Norton registry cleaner does a lot of damage to the registry. I had to reinstall Windows on one computer because the registry cleaner in Norton SystemWorks damaged the registry in a way that prevented any antivirus software from installing.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:33 AM

There have also been reported problems with computers after using AVG's PC Analyzer and PC Tuneup which purport to fix registry errors in order to make the system more stable and various optimizing tools which can make changes to system settings.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:03 AM

Any registry cleaner is pure evil, and any of them can (and will) easily corrupt your system. It is not possible to tell if a given registry record is junk or not (except loose com servers registration records), so registry cleaners usually delete a lot of records that should rather not be deleted. Not mentioning a simple fact that all those cleaners are pretty useless - even most drastic registry cleaning won't give a single % increase to the system speed.




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