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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2004, 09:37:53 AM »
Ran Spyboy and got something with "registry value"...does that mean  the same caution should be shown when deleting as with registry key??

1. I don't know anthing about Spyboy.
2. Without more information on your "got something with registry value", I couldn't hazard a guess.

I believe Caution should always be exercised when working with the registry (manually or otherwise) and as others more knowledgable than me recommend that you backup registry before messing with it.

However registry checking/editing tools tend to be better than a manual change as they have a restore function (provided of course, you can get back in to restore) and for the most part will have undergone much testing to ensure they don't do harm.

Not all registry tools are created equal (poor checks or lousy interface) so do your research.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2004, 11:36:22 AM »
This thread is getting longer and longer, but sofar I haven't seen the easiest solution to protect the registry. Make the files from the registry read only :D

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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2004, 11:47:44 AM »
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Which was my point, if you delete some part of the registry and can't get back into windows, your stuffed.

You can delete elements in the registry and nothing appears to be a problem because the changes you make to registry don't take effect until you reboot, then the s*1t hits the fan when you can't get in to "put it back to about 2 hours before."


I did say that i tryed to restart, but couldn't, but in win98SE there is a program at startup called scanreg (in msconfig) that scans your whole registry everytime you succsesfuly start your computer up and keeps backups, now because i couldn't start it up ivheld F8 (where safe mode ect are) and selected safemode command promt (C:\My Documents to get to my documents for example) and because i had restarted my computer about 2 hours before this i just typed scanreg /restore and selescted the time i wanted it to be restored to (2 hours before) , if it i hadn't of been restarted 2 hours before i would of had to back it up to the day before.


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Make the files from the registry read only


How do u do this on win98SE
What are the benifits
What if i want to change something while its read only.

Please be more specific, not all of us are compleat experts  ;D :D

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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2004, 07:58:15 AM »
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Sorry DavidR I'm a lousy typist meant to be  Spybot

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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2004, 02:44:04 PM »
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1. I don't know anthing about Spyboy.

Sorry DavidR I'm a lousy typist meant to be  Spybot

I would say that you are ok in fixing/deleting something in registry with Spybot S&D as it is looking for specific adware/spyware signatures and does backup any changes so they can be restored.

However, caution is the name of the game.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2004, 08:35:27 AM »
Thank you David

Any idea why my post looks so strange ???
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2004, 02:20:28 PM »
Yes,

When I quoted your post (with the quotes inside it), there were a couple of errors (which I corrected, so you can see the correct effect in my post) where you had tried to create a quote.

A quote on its own without any content just draws a very thin box, which looks like a thick line. One of the quotes began with a double square bracket ( [ [ , I had to amend this (add a space) as only one [ was displayed, meaning it is looking for a closing ] after the first one) and this I believe caused the major problem with the formatting. It would appear that you tried to add a quote within a quote.

I have to exercise care with my browser (firefox), which has a serious flaw in its posting within forum boards. I have to install an extension to handle forum posts. I can't use the buttons above the text window as firefox doesn't place them at the cursor point but at the bottom/end of the text. So your browser could have an effect.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2004, 08:05:37 AM »
Yes I have just started using firefox.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2004, 12:22:14 PM »
Yes I have just started using firefox.
Phil :)

You might want to download the BBCode extension from the firefox extensions site - from your menu > Tools > Extensions and then click 'Get More Extensions' this will take you to the site. Download/Install the extension, restart firefox and you are done.

From now on when you are in the posts Message: window you can use the right click to access this extensions tool set.

You can play around with it, create a new message and practice with the BBCode extension, use the Preview button to see what the effect looks like but don't Post otherwise everyone will see your creative work.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2004, 07:37:48 AM »
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BBCode extension from the firefox extensions site -

David ... thank you have downloaded the extension.
Now to try it out !  
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2004, 07:39:22 AM »


Yesssssssss 8) ;D
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2004, 01:17:59 PM »
This should make posting and quoting a little easier now - it just takes a little time to get used to using the right click options rather than the forum tools.
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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2004, 06:17:12 PM »
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Giving regprot a go, seems like a good alert tool.  Was expecting to see an initial HISTORY.LOG but don't.  I'm guessing this is normal and the first log will be produced after the first attempted registry change.  Is that right?

It takes up a bit more resource than they claim.  Normally around 252k mem usage on my XP machine, but I guess I can live with that if it works.  

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Re:Protect your REGISTRY from unwanted changes.
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2004, 04:18:49 AM »
Bob

Giving regprot a go, seems like a good alert tool.  Was expecting to see an initial HISTORY.LOG but don't.  I'm guessing this is normal and the first log will be produced after the first attempted registry change.  Is that right?

It takes up a bit more resource than they claim.  Normally around 252k mem usage on my XP machine, but I guess I can live with that if it works.  

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The first program you should have run is called RPADMIN.EXE See JPG attached.
This is the controlpanel for the program. This is where you start and stop the program and also enable and disable the Run at Startup option.
Once you start the program, you'll be asked about programs already running at least I was. Hope this helps.
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