screwed up my registry, can't get into yahoo mail
Posted 10 May 2008 - 10:27 PM
Posted 11 May 2008 - 01:31 AM
Posted 11 May 2008 - 12:46 PM
Posted 11 May 2008 - 12:52 PM
I would like to inform you that using registry cleaners or any sort of programs that touch the registry automatically can harm your computer in such a way that you can't even get into your computer anymore. After noticing that the backup fixed the problem I wouldn't have actually run the "registry cleaner" again. I would highly recommend not using any sort of registry cleaning program.
Then onto the rest. Have you tried rebooting then restoring the backup?
One other thing you can try is going to safe mode and restoring the backup.
Apart from that I'm not that experienced with Windows2000 but I am pretty sure that Tech Staff "The Skeptic" is able to help.
Posted 11 May 2008 - 01:27 PM
Posted 11 May 2008 - 01:42 PM
Funny enough a lot of registry "cleaning" programs advertise to be well know and well regarded.
I guess I figured getting a well-known, well-regarded registry clean up tool would fix my problems
I myself would not recommend it and never use it as I've heard stories of people locking themself out of their computer.
No it isn't. Having a good protection is a good thing to start off with. This includes:
Is this really the price I have to pay for surfing the internet and downloading?
- An Anti-Virus Program
- An Anti-Malware Program
- A Firewall
- An Updated Windows
They can also tell you what the best way is to prevent this sort of malware.
Posted 11 May 2008 - 02:12 PM
1: The repair may or may not help or succeed. Sometimes you end up with more problems then you started with. for this reason I use it as a last resort, which in my opinion is your case.
2: Regarding registry fixers: I agree with Artellos with two exeptions: CCleaner, which never failed me. But then, it's not a "fixer" but a cleaner. The other one is PageDefrag by Sisinternals. It's an excellent utility but then, again, it's a registry and page-file degragmenter, not a fixer.
3: Regarding surfing in the internet: again, Artellos advice is a good one. You should protect your computer, as advised. But even that will not fully protect your computer. There are many sites and programs that are known to be chancy. These include, for example, peer-to peer networks like Limewire, Kazaa etc. Also, opening mails from unknown sources will surely end in trouble. Just a few days ago I got my computer infected nastily in this forum when helping someone who had problems and provided a link to a games site which I never knew or suspected to be a malware source. It took me hours to clean my computer.
The computer is yours and obviously it's your decision how to use it. We are here only to help and advise, not to tell people what to do. but then, regarding the point you brought up: yes, there is a price to be payed but the cost can be lowered dramatically. It's up to the user.
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