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Microsoft Safety Scanner and Registry Issues

by qqqq88 / March 25, 2009 7:11 AM PDT

The online free microsoft safety scanner cleaned up like 100 apparent registry issues
on my HP Vista Home Premium laptop. I have heard some horror stories about registry cleaners doing more
harm than good, should I be worried that I may have screwed something up by using
the safety scanner?

here's the link, try it and see how many issues it finds(you have to do full scan and use internet explorer)
Or is it safe because it's directly from Microsoft?

I am particularly worried about having some kind of issue next time I reboot, i.e.
if a crucial registry file was accidently moved/deleted.

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Same potential issues...
by John.Wilkinson / March 25, 2009 8:25 AM PDT

It may be 'safer' to use, but the inherent problems in deleting 'obsolete' registry keys is still application can say with 100% certainty that a given key/file is not needed. Thus, I'd use the custom scan instead, but System Restore should be able to reverse any problems it may cause.


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one care
by gnomedad / March 25, 2009 1:35 PM PDT

I've installed the active x it told me to...I'm logged on as administrator...still no install on my windows vista home premium 64bit. Any ideas? April fools day is supposed to bring about a nasty virus (surprise) Just trying to be ready.

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what virus?
by qqqq88 / March 25, 2009 3:10 PM PDT
In reply to: one care

what virus on april fools are you referring to? I haven't heard of this. As far as the free safety scanner not working for you, I don't know. Make sure you are selecting the vista beta edition. Maybe it doesn't work for 64bit, I have 32bit vista

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April 1st Virus
by gnomedad / March 26, 2009 7:50 AM PDT
In reply to: what virus?
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by gnomedad / March 26, 2009 7:51 AM PDT
In reply to: what virus?

Oh yea. It was the beta version I tried. Thanks....

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more on conficker
by gnomedad / March 31, 2009 11:38 AM PDT
In reply to: what virus?

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