Rogue Cleaners Lead To The Dark Side Of The Windows Registry

Is your computer bogged down?

Running slow?

Exhibiting strange behaviour?

Well maybe you need a registry cleaner?

Maybe not.

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What Is A Registry Cleaner?

A registry cleaner is a piece of software that is designed to be run on systems which use Windows as their operating system.

A registry cleaner’s primary function is to remove entries in the system registry that have either become redundant or are otherwise unnecessary.

I’ve run registry cleaners in the past and the results were unnoticeable to my eye but many people claim that they can both free up hard drive space and speed up your computer whilst also ensuring that your system remains as stable as possible.

Several of my friends who are not particularly clued up about computers swear by them and these are the sort of people who get suckered in by rogue registry cleaners that are written with the intention of duping people via their fears.

Rogue Registry Cleaners

Rogue registry cleaners often act like malware in that they appear to be benign or useful, i.e. a real registry cleaner, but in fact serve an altogether different purpose.

Once installed these programs will bombard you with false warnings and alerts in order to convince you that you have a grave problem with your system, typically a security breach.

When run the rogue registry cleaner will display what looks like a genuine scan in progress when in fact no such action is being taken.

When the ‘scan’ has completed a list of problems will be displayed, along with a handy link to the full price product which will claim to be the only solution to the fake issues it has identified.

Of course the program, if purchased, will not fix anything because there was no problem in the first place.

If you are really unfortunate it may well cause further problems as it really does damage your system through the installation of Trojans and other nasty surprises.

Questions

Do you have a registry cleaner on your system?

Do you think you see any benefit from having one?

Have you ever been duped into buying a rogue registry cleaner?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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