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#1 Silver Fern

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 07:51 PM

I've just read up the previous post about 'tweaking' XP after reading about cleaning up the registery on another forum. I came across www.tweaknow.com freeware, seems ok.
The thing is, I'm not a novice with computers but nor am I an expert, are the registery cleaner programmes easy to operate and understand.?
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 09:11 PM

Programs that can alter or modify the registry can corrupt it as easily as you can corrupt it yourself.

Unless you are competent at writing to the registry it is really not a good idea to modify it or use aps that do.

If you do alter the registry make sure you make a good backup first so you can revert to it should you have problems.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:18 PM

I would have to second, what Enthusiast advised.
The Registry, is not something to go playing around with, if you don't know what you're doing, unless you enjoy reinstalling Windows. :thumbsup:

Seriously, this is one situation where, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", definitely applies.
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 11:35 PM

Thanks, I had the feeling that, that might apply. :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 11:55 PM

You're quite welcome, Silver Fern.
Just trying to spare you, some grief. :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:59 PM

I decided to REGEDIT my computer, and was disgusted to see so many files with expilicit sexual references. I made the choice that no way did I want or need this kind of thing in my computer so deleted them. Obviously there is no problems, I'll continue to monitor things.
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Posted 19 May 2006 - 05:36 PM

If you have registry entries that have explicit sexual references you are infected by malware.

Run both Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy from safe mode, updating each program before you scan and allowing both to fix what they find.

*AdAware SE: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html

*Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Following that that I suggest you post a “HijackThis” log for expert assistance with your problem.

Read the pinned post in our “HijackThis” forum,
here
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
Carefully read and follow all directions explicitly.

Following instructions create a HJT log, and POST THE HJT LOG YOU CREATED IN OUR HJT FORUM – not in this forum,
at this link.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/posthjtlog.html
Include the specs for your computer (ie, processor, amount of RAM, brand or motherboard, etc, and briefly describe the problem you are experiencing.)

Unless you are expert at editing the registry, Do not use the Hijack This program to try to fix anything by yourself as even what may seem to be a small mistake can render your operating system inoperable.
Some files when in one folder may be fine while in another may be malware.


A member of our HJT Team will analyze your log, make recommendations and offer assistance, walking you through the repair process.

It may take a period of time to get a response to the log you posted because the members of our HJT Team are kept very busy.
Please be patient as this team is manned by volunteers. They will help you in order received as soon as possible.

NOTE
Once you have posted your HJT log, please DO NOT make any additional posts in the HJT forum thread you created until you get a response from a member of our HJT expert team, and do not make any changes to your system (changes, including any attempted repairs, will make it different than displayed in the log you posted and therefore make your log inaccurate).

The first criteria they have when looking for logs that need replies are posts showing 0 replies. If you make an additional post, it will show as having 1 reply.
A team member, looking for a new log to work on might well assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and might not open the thread to respond.

So, post your HJT log in the Hijack This Forum (not here) and wait for a response from a team member.

Edited by Enthusiast, 19 May 2006 - 05:38 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:16 PM

Thanks for your reply, I scan with Adaware and Spybot S&D every day, and always check for their updates, they don't mention any Malware, in fact Spybot seldom, if ever finds anything. I may be missing something so I'll go to the websites you mention and give them another try.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:42 PM

I scanned with both these products Spybot found nothing, Adaware found 16 negligible objects.
A programme that has been recommended is CCleaner to clean the Registry.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 04:02 AM

IF CCleaner found entries such as those you listed your computer has been infected.

Malware can hide other places than the registry.

I suggest you do the HJT process as described above.




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