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#1 shelleyl

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:48 AM

I'm using regcure and the scan yields errors in empty registry keys. Why over and over again? what are they? I have XP and SP2. I'm also having trouble (cannot do) with automatic updates.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:58 AM

what error you get with updates

dont do registry yet

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 07:54 AM

Which keys are being regenerated (we'll need the entire location of the key starting with HKey....)? It could be a legitimate program doing this and you'll have to disable that program in order to stop it.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 10:27 AM

I run Regcure and it shows 90 or so empty registry keys. HOw do I find out which keys these are? thanks. shelley

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 11:56 AM

No being familiar with the program, I can't tell you where to find the info - but there's likely to be a description of the keys somewhere in the program. You'll find that quite a lot of them are located in the same/similar places - that's what we're looking for.

FYI - the registry is composed of Hives, each hive has a name that starts with HKey (such as HKey_Current_User or HKey_Local_Machine). The paths to the keys are very similar to the directory structure of your hard drive (but these keys point to info in the registry rather than a location on your hard drive).
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:25 PM

Hi shelleyl,

I would strongly suggest that you uninstall Regcure:
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/malware/?Adware.Win32.RegCure

RegCure is a rogue registry cleaning utility that gives false results and shows fixing those results. It shows the poor scan results and false warnings.

As usasma is suggesting, you really need to know exactly what is being suggested to be fixed in the registry. Automatice registry cleaners make educated guesses and it is hard to trust even the best ones to guess right all the time. If you can't trust this one at all you should get rid of it--it will cause you more grief than anything else.

Let's concentrate on what your problems are and how to fix them, instead of running a reg cleaner on the off chance that it will. First step would be to describe the problem with Automatic Updates as mme suggests and anything else that is giving you grief.

It's also possible that Regcure is an infection in itself, but I need to look around some more to be able to determine that better. Have you run your antivirus and other malware scanners, and if so which ones?

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