How to fix registry errors in Windows 7 Professional

Systemax Syx venture vxp3d desktop pc
June 4, 2013 at 09:51:28
Specs: Windows 7 Professional, 500G
I'm trying to install a new anti-virus app on my machine. Installation failed because my registry has 193 errors that prevent its installation. Which is the best way (i.e., the best software) to fix these errors?

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#1
June 4, 2013 at 10:05:28
There is no third party software that will fix registry errors without running the risk of making matters worse.

If the registry is so corrupt that you cannot install software your only option is to use the recovery options available within Windows 7.

the fist thing to try is system restore that will role back the installation to a time before the errors occurred. If that doesn't work then recovering from a system image will be needed. If you don't have system restore enabled and no recovery image then a reinstall is the final option.

I am curious as to how you know you have 193 registry errors. Was it some third party application that told you this? Which AV are you trying to install?

Stuart


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#2
June 4, 2013 at 14:43:17
I agree with Stuart about the registry errors. I suspect you ran one of the programs advertised on TV.

If you already has an AV program installed and running then you need to remove it BEFORE installing another one. You should only have one AV program. You can have multiple malware programs though.

Were you logged in a the administrator or with those privileges?


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#3
June 4, 2013 at 14:49:10
"I'm trying to install a new anti-virus app on my machine"

Is there some reason why you didn't mention it by name? My guess is it's not a legit app & there are no registry errors.


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#4
June 4, 2013 at 14:49:20
Sounds like the poster tried a trial registry cleaner and got those errors, and a request to pay for the cleaner in order to remove the bogus files....

PJW63
Try cleaning up your PC with Ccleaner slim:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...
also a quick scan with malwarebytes wouldn't hurt either.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

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#5
June 4, 2013 at 16:14:55
Registry cleaners (the ones that are not scams) only remove invalid entries which are mostly of little consequence. They do not FIX the registry so that it works correctly again. Generally best avoided, although the one in CCleaner is probably one of the mildest and therefore safest.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
June 4, 2013 at 16:36:43
Stuart -- Thanks for your reply. I'm trying to install Total Defense Anti-Virus, believe it or not. While I was talking to the tech guys there, they ran a scan on my HDD and gave me the diagnosis, which they said they could fix remotely and maintain my machine remotely for $169.99 a year. I am considering a re-install, despite the fact that it will take the better part of one day . . . :-/ C'est la vie, c'est la guerre!

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#7
June 4, 2013 at 16:38:46
By the way -- I bought Advanced System Optimizer and ran it; although it informed me of the presence of registry errors, it didn't seem to be too concerned about fixing them (which is one of the reasons I bought it) . . .

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#8
June 4, 2013 at 16:39:20
Sorry -- slipped my mind to mention it: Total Defense.

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#9
June 4, 2013 at 16:41:12
Thanks for your reply, Stuart. At this point, I'm seriously considering a re-install . . .

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#10
June 4, 2013 at 16:41:35
Sorry -- I meant Derek

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#11
June 4, 2013 at 16:57:00
they ran a scan on my HDD and gave me the diagnosis, which they said they could fix remotely and maintain my machine remotely for $169.99 a year

That's a good enough reason to bin them and have nothing at all to to with them. I certainly wouldn't pay $10 a year, let alone $169.99 a year. You can get all the help you need here for free. The chances are the errors are just redundant entries which every registry accumulates from time to time and as Derek says, that are mostly harmless.

I would install one of the many free AV programmes like Avast or AVG and only one. Two AV applications running together can interfere with each other.. These are reliable and will not try and scam you into believing you have errors that probably do not exist.

http://www.avast.com/en-gb/compare-...

http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner


victoire sera mienne

Stuart


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#12
June 4, 2013 at 17:01:41
See all the reviews on here:
http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-S...

If you are going to re-install, for a virus and malware checker I would recommend Avast freebie which is quite good enough and mostly appears high on reviews. There are others, again free, which are popular, such as AVG, Avira, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Up to you obviously.

Whatever, I'd steer clear of any magic fix it programs. Like registry cleaners they can cause more issues than they cure. They guys on these boards can advise you on safely keeping your system clean.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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