The Windows Registry – Leave It Alone

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I saw a business the other day saying that they had pop up's on their desktop saying they had a virus and that if they clicked it would be removed.

Their solution was to go into the registry to alter it so the pop up would not appear.
Their are 2 things glaringly wrong with this.

  1. One – they obviously have been infected and altering the registry will not get rid of the problem.
  2. Two – playing with the registry can be one of the most hazardous things you can do to a computer , especially if you do not know what you are doing.

You should always back up your registry before doing any alterations to it and " hope" that if you make a mistake you will be able to restore your registry .

I am also not a big fan of registry cleaners as the supposed benefits of using them never seem to appear , snake oil seems a good word to describe them.

If your computer is that bad that you need to alter the registry it's time to format your hard drive and reload your operating system.

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Selecting Multiple Files And Folders – A Better Way

In Windows ( Vista and Windows 7 ) there is a better way to select multiple files and folders rather than the old " shift " key.

If you go into your control panel , select folder options , click on View , go to advanced settings , scroll down and place a tick in  ' Use check boxes to select items ".

windows folder options

You will then be able to open a folder up and it will have check marks available to select files.

Select files , folders

This is a great time saver so you can select the files you want or by clicking in the check box at the top you can select all files in the folder.

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I Need That File Back

Looking for a utility that will recover files from hard drives , flash drives , SD Cards. Try PC Inspector which has been known to do a good job at recovering all sorts of files. PC Inspector will support the recovery of ARJ AVI BMP CDR DOC DXF DBF XLS EXE GIF HLP HTML HTM JPG LZH MID However if you have a problem with a drive stop using that drive straight away and then run PC Inspector. The best thing of all , it’s FREE Tekzilla also had a segment on recently where they discussed file recovery software Tools they used were Recuva , Data Rescue 3, Test Discand Photorec It is worth while watching the segment and remember if you have an issue with a drive that you need to recover files from “Dont use the drive “

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Image Your Hard Drive

DriveImage xml

So you have reinstalled your operating system and done all the updates , installed your software and it is just the way you want it.

Why not remember this by " imaging" your hard drive now so that you have an exact duplicate of you hard drive so that if you run into problems and need to reinstall you can do so from your " image ".

This is not the same as backing up your documents but it is a way of getting your computer back to it's fresh install quickly.

This particularly useful if you pick up malware , virus infections and want to get your computer back to it's original state.

Software to do this  is  DriveImage XML Backup Software and it's free

However don't forget to read the instructions.

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