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Beginners Guides: The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection

Beginners Guides: The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Registry is crucial to Windows, but if you know how to edit it, you can customize your system in places you never thought possible.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Aug 09 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Safe Registry Procedures

If you've read some of our other articles such as our guide to spyware and adware or our Internet security article . You'll know that the Windows registry is one of the most common targets of attack for malicious software. Once access to your registry is gained, these programs can do virtually anything, from perpetually reinstalling themselves (as many browser hijacking programs and spyware are wont to do) to rendering your system unbootable.

Fortunately there are several steps you can take to protect your registry from outside interference. Let's run through a few of them:

Internet settings:

Since the Internet is by far the most common vector for registry-threatening attacks, it makes sense that the first line of defence is to strengthen the security of your web browser. Let's look at a few changes to make Internet Explorer more secure.

Open Internet Explorer and go to 'tools\Internet options.' Click on the 'security' tab. First, ensure that the 'internet' zone is selected at the top, then click on the 'default level' button (if it is not already activated) and set the slider to 'medium.' The medium security level of Internet Explorer is mostly secure, but there are a few additional things we need to change.

Now click the 'custom level' button. Scroll down to the 'navigate sub-frames for different domains' setting and change it to 'prompt.' Hit 'ok' and confirm the changes.

Now click the 'content' tab. If there are any entries here that you do not recognize, remove them. In fact, it's a good idea to remove all entries here as a matter of course. Anyone or any company with an entry here will be able to install software onto your system without requiring permission from a user.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
 Pg 2.  A deeper look at the XP registry
 Pg 3.  Other Registry Values
 Pg 4.  Backing up Windows Registry Manually
 Pg 5.  Using WindowsXP Backup
 Pg 6.  Enabling System Restore
 Pg 7.  Restoring the Registry
 Pg 8.  — Safe Registry Procedures
 Pg 9.  Starter Registry Hacks

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