I am looking for recommendations for an automated way to remove unneeded/excessive adapters and protocols, i.e. the objects found in msinfo32.exe under Components -> Network -> Adapter and Components -> Network -> Protocol. I've never used a registry cleaner before, but am told this is not something they support. I don't believe these objects were created by malware.
As a corollary, does anybody know if Windows 7 has a maximum number of Adapters or Protocols, or is the number mostly limitless? The total of each is approaching 255, which makes me wonder if the sheer number is having a detrimental effect. It's obviously more than there should be.
The problem I'm trying to solve is described at https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/37dab690-bc74-425a-a389-1bb3478db63f/windows-7-cannot-access-shared-folders?forum=w7itpronetworking and generates an error 1231 when attempting to connect to a file share via "net use".
Thanks for any suggestions.