Operating System Security: PC Registry Repair
The registry in your PC's operating system is a vital part of the overall function of your PC. The registry contains all of the files that operate your computer as well as files for programs that you have installed. Over time you will notice that registry errors occur with normal PC use and through installing and uninstalling programs. However, registry errors can also be the result of malware that infects your PC and installs itself into the Windows registry in an effort to take over operations on your computer.
Over time your PC's registry grows through regular installs and updates, as well as from programs you removed that gained unauthorized access to your computer. As you continue to use your PC, the registry gets filled up with all of these unnecessary fragmented entries which cause your computer to run sluggishly.
Is Registry Repair Risky?
Well, the answer to this question is yes and no. If you have backed up your registry to a CD early on, you will have a blueprint in the event that something goes wrong while you are in the process of repairing the registry. However, if you decide to repair the registry manually you will need to be well-versed on how a computer works and the types of functions that each file performs. If you lose any critical files in the registry, it could cause your operating system not to boot up at all when you try to start your PC.
How to Tell If You Should Repair the Registry
When the registry is in need of cleaning and repair you will notice some of the following signs:
- Sluggish Performance: Your computer performs slowly and takes a long time during the boot up process.
- Freeze Ups: You may notice that your system freezes up when you are trying to perform regular tasks.
- Unable to Add Programs: When you try to install a program, the computer will tell you there is not enough memory to perform the installation.
- System Crashes: Your operating system crashes for no apparent reason.
How to Repair the Registry
Unless you know exactly what you are doing, manual repair is generally not recommended because one simple error could cause a host of other problems. You are better off finding reputable registry repair software that will repair and clean the registry for you.
Reputable registry software will scan your registry for errors and then remove the incomplete files that are unnecessary, as well as the fragmented entries and any keys that pose a hazard to the registry. If your computer was once infected with malware, it will also repair and remove any leftover malware files as well.