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.
- One – they obviously have been infected and altering the registry will not get rid of the problem.
- 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.