A reader asks what to do about an alarming number of Registry faults, reported by routine PC-cleanup scans.
Plus: Understanding Windows’ system power states, and what the heck could have encrypted a reader’s User files without his knowledge? (It wasn’t malware!)
A problem with overzealous cleaning?
Reader Garry Oman worries about Registry issues.
- “I am baffled by the number of Registry errors that appear on my machine. I run CCleaner and Advanced System Care; but the next day, hundreds more errors appear. Where do they come from, and are they harmful?”
Things might not be as bad as you think, Garry. You simply can’t believe every “Registry error count” you see.
Some cleanup apps (seemingly deliberately) inflate their error counts by including trivial issues that really don’t require any remedial action. Or they might count some completely normal conditions as “errors.”
Inflating error counts is often a marketing ploy. When the cleaning tool supposedly fixes a long list of “errors,” you’re likely to think: “What great software! Look at the huge number of problems it corrected!”