Catch and remove malicious registry entries



Windows Registry is one of the most important built-in tools on your Windows computer. Registered malware is not uncommon. Check the Windows Registry for malware because any operation on your PC can make a footprint in it. And you can remove malware from the Windows Registry.

  1. Create a system restore point

  2. Run regedit to open the Registry Editor

  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

  4. Scroll down and find the folders which start with Run

  5. Click each folder to open the program list

Be careful. Not all are malicious. Check for:

  • Misspelled names

  • Unfamiliar programs

  • Search with DuckDuckGo to find confirmation either way

If it turns out malicious, right-click on that entry and select Delete to remove it from Windows Registry.

Also look in:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Folders