On Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:43:10 -0000, "Dave-UK" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>If these registry entries are being re-written then there must be a program or process writing them.
>It may be useful to examine everything that is loaded when Vista boots.
>Autoruns from Sysinternals will show you what is being loaded.
>Download it from here:
>It doesn't need installing, just unzip and run the autoruns.exe file from the folder.
>Right-click and run as admin.
>Agree to the license and it will scan your computer listing everything, including loads of Microsoft entries.
>Click on Options and select ' Hide Microsoft Entries '.
>Click on the green arrows icon to refresh the list.
>Now look down the list and see if you can recognise any Norton/Symantec entries.
>Clear the box to disable or right-click to delete any entries.
Autoruns worked great Dave-UK. But 'Everything' found only one
reference to 'Norton' concerning Sidebar gadgets. I think I should
turn my attention to Registry remnants that maybe are not really being
re-written but just locked. You said in someone else's post I was in
"Registry Keys are listed in the left pane of Regedit, and Names and
their values are listed in the right pane. So 'Windows Live Mail' is
a Key but 'SpoolerDlgPos' is a Name, ( with a certain value.) I don't
think you can set permissions on Names, only on Keys. And changing
the permissions of the ' Widows Live Mail ' key will probably screw
I'm going to look next at some of these keys using the 'Norton 360'
search which only has 18 that do not go away. If a key contains names
and/or values associated with more then 'Norton 360' like other
program names I'm thinking I might not want to delete it and that that
is/was a good reason to have 'locked' it? I recall now I think seeing
such a situation in my searching. Could the offending 'Norton 360' be
removed from the Names side (right side) leaving the Key otherwise
intact? And if I did modify a Key this way I think I think afterwards
I should 'Lock' it again?
Just in case you too are wondering... I've been doing an incremental
backup and creating restore points prior to deleting Keys. And in
case it was lost somewhere I am using RegScanner to find these
instances and attempting to delete them using the Create Delete .Reg
File option under File. I'll start off with the files that look
straight forward and report back for everyone's interest.