Invalid ActiveX/COM entries

April 24, 2007 at 23:34:21
Specs: WinXP Home SP1, Athlon AMD 1800
Norton WinDoctor is reporting over 100 'Invalid ActiveX/COM Entries'. It says "The ActiveX/COM sections of your Windows Registry contain one or more invalid entries..." They mostly look like this:

Missing or Invalid Key: "DisplayServer.AppSettingsBasic"
Problem ProgID, "DisplayServer.AppSettingsBasic," refers to an
invalid ActiveX/COM entry,
"{9B5EC720-9A44-4811-8B9F-24BD53F2050D}."

Missing or Invalid Key: "DisplayServer.AppSettingsBasic.1"
Problem ProgID, "DisplayServer.AppSettingsBasic.1," refers to an
invalid ActiveX/COM entry,

Missing or Invalid Key: "Video_TVServer.VideoZoom"
Problem ProgID, "Video_TVServer.VideoZoom," refers to an invalid
ActiveX/COM entry,
"{D385E909-3F89-4ECD-B38F-AC11F9FE6F1C}."
etc

But if I select the option to Delete any of these, Norton reports 'Repair Failed'. Other registry cleaners like CCleaner and System Mechanic don't get rid of them either.

Although I don't seem to be having particularly unstable performance on this XP Home (SP1) PC, FWIW I have had a couple of crashes in which my monitor just went suddenly blank and a rebbot started.

Can anyone help me identify/fix this issue please? Or even guess what these entries are supposed to do, as I'm technically out of my depth here.

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Terry, West Sussex, UK


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#1
April 25, 2007 at 01:40:30
terrypin, there's a freebie registry cleaner said to be able to identify and clean up 'orphans'. Use at your own risk as changing the registry is fraught with danger. Says in the fine print that you can edit/choose/go back at will, but... Never tried it???
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/fi...n.html
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
April 25, 2007 at 02:44:07
Thanks Ed. Duly downloaded and installed to add to my registry cleaning tools.

Have now run it. Looks handy. It reported no fewer than 1276 entries, despite fact I used CCleaner and Norton WinDoctor yesterday! But those 109 invalid ActiveX/COM entries were not amongst them. WinDoctor and CCleaner still report them!

From further research, I *think* these registry keys must be protected, i.e. despite being the sole 'Administrator' user of this PC, I don't have the right Permissions. Need to investigate this further.

A good start would be to know just what these are supposed to do. There are 8 'top level' categories of registry key
HKCR\AvgDiagFile
HKCR\DisplayServer
HKCR\GamesConfigServer
HKCR\HNetCfg
HKCR\MCCSServer
HKCR\MSIDXS
HKCR\MobileServer
HKCR\Video_TVServer

Apart from the first, which must be from my AVG anti-virus application, I've no idea what they are.

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Terry, West Sussex, UK


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#3
April 25, 2007 at 06:56:42
Thanks Ed. Duly downloaded and installed to add to my registry cleaning tools.

Have now run it. Looks handy. It reported no fewer than 1276 entries, despite fact I used CCleaner and Norton WinDoctor yesterday! But those 109 invalid ActiveX/COM entries were not amongst them. WinDoctor and CCleaner still report them!

From further research, I *think* these registry keys must be protected, i.e. despite being the sole 'Administrator' user of this PC, I don't have the right Permissions. Need to investigate this further.

A good start would be to know just what these are supposed to do. There are 8 'top level' categories of registry key
HKCR\AvgDiagFile
HKCR\DisplayServer
HKCR\GamesConfigServer
HKCR\HNetCfg
HKCR\MCCSServer
HKCR\MSIDXS
HKCR\MobileServer
HKCR\Video_TVServer

Apart from the first, which must be from my AVG anti-virus application, I've no idea what they are.

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Terry, West Sussex, UK


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#4
May 1, 2007 at 00:45:45
I cleared the 100 or so 'Server' type issue, by re-installing my graphics drive. But I still have 5 entries, of these 3 types:
HKCR\AvgDiagFile
HKCR\MSIDXS
HKCR\HNetCfg

Do these ring bells for anyone please?

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Terry, West Sussex, UK


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