The biggest problem is that you like to tweak too much.
Registry tools are great for destroying your computer. They sound great:
We'll speed up your computer by removing all those unnecessary and no
longer useful entries that clog up your computer.
In reality, the programs present you with a lot of things that they say are
no longer in use, and once you remove them the computer dies a bad death
because some of those things were necessary.
I equally mistrust speedup tools. And you're using two of them. This presupposes
that Microsoft has no idea what they're doing. There are a number of things that you
can do manually to speed up your computer, but most of them take knowledge. You
can edit the registry (not recommended) and you can cut down on bells and whistles.
You can shut down some startup programs that you don't need. But since MSCONFIG
doesn't work, that's not going to help you much.
Based on that, I suspect that you are infected. Having a blocked MSCONFIG or a blanked
out Control Panel are often caused by software that does not want you to be able to turn
Not so long ago, Spyware Begone was listed on Spyware Warrior's site
as rogue spyware
because of false positives and overhyped incentives to buy. It has been removed from
the list because the authors tried to fix it up a bit, but I still wouldn't want it.
Personally, if my computer was running like yours and was several years old, I would probably
reinstall the operating system from scratch, along with whatever programs I needed. That's
really the only safe way to get a reasonably clean registry. This requires good backups -
including such things as your bookmarks and emails and anything else you don't want to lose.
However, if you don't think that's possible or feasible, the other thing you can do is post a
Hijackthis! log in our Hijack forum
. This will help to find out if you're infected and with what, and
help you get cleaned up. If you choose to post a log, please read this first
. And be patient - there
are a lot of logs and few helpers. Do not reply to your own post because they look first for posts
with no replies.