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Solved: Registry Editor/Cleaner ??

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  1. Money Pit

    Money Pit Thread Starter

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    Can anyone recommend an easy to use SAFE registry cleaner program?
    I have a great fear of messing with the registry but I'm finding it's taking several minutes for XP Pro to load after reboot. As I have never edited or cleaned the registry in 3 years I suspect there are tons of 'junk' in there and I either have 'bite the bullet' and trust a registry cleaner program or go for a reformat which is something I really don't want to do. :(
    In the past I have experimented with these utilities only to find that I felt unsure how to handle any files these reg. clean programs found.
    PLEASE don't recommend anything that isn't tried and proven. Thanks :) Dave
     
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    Not a good idea to go messing with the registry.. but i use the cleaner in CCleaner and have had no problems
     
  4. stantley

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    I use both cleaners mentioned and they are both on the safe side. What they're good for is getting rid of stuff left behind from uninstalled software.

    But why don't you post a HJT log to see if there are other things slowing down your machine.
     
  5. Noyb

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    That's a good thought .. http://www.ccleaner.com/
    I don't use my CCleaner for the registry .. does it make a backup ?

    CCleaner cleans a lot more than just the registry.
    Moneypit .. have you Really cleaned your computer lately ?
     
  6. Blackmirror

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    yes you have the option to save before you fix issues

    I also use Advance window care 2 ........it has a reg cleaner as well as other handy tools to keep pc running ... I always make a restore point before i use it just in case :D i have been using it for a while with no problems
     
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    Hi "safe" is the key word.
    It's too easy to let the reg cleaner do it's scan and then press the Delete button.
    Letting it delete entries to programs you know you have uninstalled is the only safe bet.
    Anything else it's better to leave them there and research just what it is your allowing the reg cleaner delete.
    Removing system files..is no fun.
    As for backups..they are only good if you can reboot your system.
     
  8. Blackmirror

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    good advice there (y) (y)
     
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    Hi Blackmirror..Who of us will admit to crashing our system by overcleaning the registry?
    Ok I confess.
    I still us one [well there are two on this system] but I always remember that it's not like cleaning out temp files.
    That keeps me on the straight and narrow. ;)
     
  10. Blackmirror

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    I did as a newbie with using a proper registry cleaner once and not backing up.. oh the problems it caused .. thank goodness for system restore (y)
     
  11. Money Pit

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    No I've never cleaned it since I got it 3 years ago because I'm afraid of deleting something that will crash my system. I do have the XP CD though, so I suppose that any needed files that were mistakenly removed by a reg. edit program could be replaced?
    All I've really ever cleaned has been temp files.
     
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    How much space is Occupied in your C: drive ???
    How much Empty space do you have in your External ???
    Are you hiding behind Norton ???
    Have you trimmed up your Startup Programs list ??? .. (shut down the unnecessary running programs)

    For the reasons mentioned in the previous posts ..
    I might suggest using Tweak now in the Beginner, Quick Scan mode ..
    Only once .. So you know which backup to restore .. If/When you suspect a problem.

    Then clean your system using CCleaner.
    If you have any Cookies with passwords stored, you may want to be careful if you check to clean cookies. You can save the important ones.

    I once ran CCleaner on a neighbors laptop that has serious speed problems.
    After it worked awhile .. and removed several gigs of trash … (several years of Internet Garbage)
    She though she had a new computer.

    3 Years …. :eek:
    As fragile as windows is … I’m surprised it hasn’t broke yet.
     

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    These cleaners are not deleting files and thus a CD is of no help to you.

    Also, as pointed out, a backup is of no use to you if you find out a few months later that a program doesn't run or some feature no longer works. You will never find the particular registry entry in the backup(s) that will fix the problem. And, you don't want to arbitrarily reinstall all the backups that were taken.

    A backup is useful only, if you immediately find out that something no longer works, given you can boot as blues_harp28 points out.

    If you are having slow bootups, a cleaner won't do anything postiive. It could result in the machine no longer booting at all. Post a HJT log as recommended.

    In a nutshell, if you don't know what is being removed, leave it alone.

    A good read on the subject
     
  14. Money Pit

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    I agree 100% :)
    I've never used Hyjack This but I've seen it referred to here OFTEN. I'll download it and TRY to run it and post the results. Thanks :) Dave
     
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    Whit Phil:
    I this a proper HJT log file?
    Right off I saw Iomega Zip Drive which no longer own.

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 11:17:27 AM, on 1/21/2007
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\ups.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\wwSecure.exe
    C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exe
    C:\Program Files\CPal\CPBrWtch.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\StartupMonitor.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\ETALK\TalkMail.exe
    C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe
    C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\apcsystray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMIndexStoreSvr.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\msagent\AgentSvr.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cus.../*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.cbc.ca/news/
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/cus.../*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://red.clientapps.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/su/ymsgr/*http://www.yahoo.com
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LogitechGalleryRepair] C:\Program Files\Logitech\ImageStudio\ISStart.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Cookie Pal] "C:\Program Files\CPal\CPBrWtch.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Run StartupMonitor] StartupMonitor.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Talking E-mail] C:\PROGRA~1\ETALK\TalkMail -AUTOSTART
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Zone Labs Client] "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TClockEx] C:\Program Files\TClockEx\TCLOCKEX.EXE
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\Lib\NMBgMonitor.exe"
    O4 - Global Startup: APC UPS Status.lnk = C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\Display.exe
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\npjpi150_02.dll
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - (no file)
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
    O9 - Extra button: Yahoo! Messenger - {E5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-B5C9-0050045C3C96} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Yahoo! Messenger - {E5D12C4E-7B4F-11D3-B5C9-0050045C3C96} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Chat - http://us.chat1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/chat/applet/c381/chat.cab
    O16 - DPF: {00B71CFB-6864-4346-A978-C0A14556272C} (Checkers Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/msgrchkr.cab
    O16 - DPF: {02AA9E0F-B4EB-4BE9-A769-FD09543FEEC2} (UniInstaller Class) - http://www.webcamnow.com/fs5/voice/voice-installer.cab
    O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/PCPitStop.CAB
    O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
    O16 - DPF: {2359626E-7524-4F87-B04E-22CD38A0C88C} (ICSScannerLight Class) - http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/free/cm/ICSCM.cab
    O16 - DPF: {2BC66F54-93A8-11D3-BEB6-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec AntiVirus scanner) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/vc/bin/AvSniff.cab
    O16 - DPF: {41F17733-B041-4099-A042-B518BB6A408C} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...pple.com/bonnie/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
    O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} - http://a1540.g.akamai.net/7/1540/52...pple.com/mickey/us/win/QuickTimeInstaller.exe
    O16 - DPF: {644E432F-49D3-41A1-8DD5-E099162EEEC5} (Symantec RuFSI Utility Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
    O16 - DPF: {7F8C8173-AD80-4807-AA75-5672F22B4582} (ICSScanner Class) - http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/promotions/spywaredetector/ICSScanner37380.cab
    O16 - DPF: {8E0D4DE5-3180-4024-A327-4DFAD1796A8D} (MessengerStatsClient Class) - http://messenger.zone.msn.com/binary/MessengerStatsClient.cab
    O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} (ActiveScan Installer Class) - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/as5/asinst.cab
    O16 - DPF: {9CCE3B43-4DE0-4236-A84E-108CA848EE6A} (WebCam Control) - http://webcamnow.com/broadcast/ActiveXWebCam.cab
    O16 - DPF: {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class) - http://messenger.msn.com/download/MsnMessengerSetupDownloader.cab
    O16 - DPF: {BB95299D-B65B-47E0-8DDB-697A66298C3A} (UniVoiceX Control) - http://www.webcamnow.com/voice/voice.cab
    O16 - DPF: {C2FCEF52-ACE9-11D3-BEBD-00105AA9B6AE} (Symantec RuFSI Registry Information Class) - http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/SharedContent/common/bin/cabsa.cab
    O16 - DPF: {FC11A119-C2F7-46F4-9E32-937ABA26816E} (AMI DicomDir TreeView Control 2.1) - file://D:\CDVIEWER\CdViewer.cab
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{FD48554C-C79C-4C0D-8613-53A7DD3B06D0}: NameServer = 209.239.11.98 199.166.6.2
    O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - "C:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\msgrapp.dll" (file missing)
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
    O23 - Service: APC UPS Service - American Power Conversion Corporation - C:\Program Files\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
    O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ati2sgag.exe
    O23 - Service: Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe" /h ccCommon (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe" /h ccCommon (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Symantec Lic NetConnect service (CLTNetCnService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe" /h ccCommon (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Iomega App Services - Iomega Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec IS Password Validation (ISPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\isPwdSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: LiveUpdate - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\LIVEUP~1\LUCOMS~1.EXE
    O23 - Service: NBService - Nero AG - C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec AppCore Service (SymAppCore) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
    O23 - Service: TrueVector Internet Monitor (vsmon) - Zone Labs, LLC - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZONELABS\vsmon.exe
    O23 - Service: Washer Security Access (wwSecSvc) - Webroot Software, Inc. - C:\WINDOWS\system32\wwSecure.exe
    O23 - Service: ZipToA - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZipToA.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Iomega Active Disk (_IOMEGA_ACTIVE_DISK_SERVICE_) - Iomega Corporation - C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exe
     
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