What registry sections are scanned?

The following sections are scanned securely to ensure registry integrity and optimization:

  • Software Locations: This section contains the locations of software applications that are installed on the system. These locations are registered in the registry during application installation.

  • Registry Integrity: This section contains critical Windows shell folder entries, which include folders such as My Documents, Favorites, Profiles, etc.

  • Windows Fonts: This section contains the list of fonts that are registered in the fonts folder of the Windows operating system.

  • Help and Resources: The Windows standard states that the applications should register their help files in this section of the registry.

  • Shared DLLs:This section contains information that is associated with shared control files that are registered on the system.

  • Startup Programs: Windows registers the items that are set to run at Windows startup in this section of the registry. These registry entries contain references to the locations of these items on the hard drive.

  • Add/Remove Programs: Software can be cleanly uninstalled using the standard Windows 'Add or Remove Programs' applet, which can be accessed from the Windows Control Panel.

  • If software removal was not conducted using the 'Add or Remove Programs' facility (for example, if a program was removed from the system by deleting the actual program installation folder through Windows Explorer), the link to the uninstall file remains in the 'Add or Remove Programs' list.

  • Virtual Devices: This section contains information that is associated with the virtual drivers that are registered on the system.

  • File Extensions: This section contains the list of file extensions that are usually registered in the registry during application installation. These problems can occur when the uninstaller of the application removes the program files from the hard drive, but does not remove the associated file extensions from the registry.

  • Temp Files / Shortcuts: When a registry scan is conducted, Norton Utilities scans all selected locations in the Options > Shortcut Settings screen, and removes orphaned shortcuts, temporary (.tmp) files and ScanDisk or Checkdisk fragment (.chk) files from the hard drive.

  • Custom Controls: When applications are installed, they register their custom control file locations as new entries in this section of the registry.

  • Deep Scan: The Deep Scan section covers areas of the registry that are not covered by the above-mentioned sections.

Why should I clean the Windows Registry?

How do I clean the Windows Registry?

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How do I repair Windows Registry problems?

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DOCID: v83508215_norton_utilities_help_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 09/28/2015