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'Favorites' has descriptions but no URL's !?

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#1 Iceman107


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:55 PM

Let me say at the outset that I've done EVERYTHING possible to resolve this issue. Checked for Malware, file replacement, checked disc, cleaned completely...and maybe too much as the problem arose after using a registry cleaner I have since deleted. I've sought help from all avenues online. Came across some similar issues but their solutions were not MY solution. Even attempted a System Restore a couple of times...though it would never 'take'.

When I click on my Favorites in IE8 the drop down menu shows ALL of my Favorites by description as to what they are BUT when you click on them...nothing. And ALL icons of each Favorite has been replaced by the icon you get when no file is detected.
As a rule I keep backups of my Favorites, Pics, Music and Documents on a seperate external drive who's sole purpose is just for these backups. I update them weekly and keep only the last 2 weeks worth. Now, when I plug a laptop (Windows 7 with IE9) into the external drive all of my favorites are intact as you would expect them to be and function normally. BUT when I plug the external drive into my PC the Favorites look just like they did previously (z'd out with no URL's, just a description of each).
Yep it's a real head scratcher indeed!

I'm not a techy but I know enough that something was removed during the registry cleaning that allows for these Favorites to be read properly and everything attempted has done nothing. But I'm sure the fine folks here at bleepingcomputer.com are up for the task.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
The attached pic is to show how my Favorites appear currently.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:50 AM

<<...I know enough that something was removed during the registry cleaning...>>

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.
If your registry cleaner has removed/damaged system files...your best bet would probably be to run sfc /scannow to try to replace missing/damaged system files.

How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43051.html


Edited by hamluis, 16 May 2012 - 09:50 AM.

#3 Iceman107

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

Your 'solution' was an obvious one Hammy...oh and thanks for the registry lecture daddy. :P
Anybody else got a REAL solution?

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