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How do I delete registry files?

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  1. DCnewbie New Member

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    I have some programs which I deleted from "Add/Remove Programs" and I want to make sure they are deleted... where do I go to delete these files in my registry?

    Also, I know there is a website where you can type in the name of programs running in the registry files to check if they are legitimate... where can I check my programs?

    Thanks for any help!
    DC
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    Jakl New Member

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    Start >> Run .. type in "Regedit"

    Or Windows Key + R

    Then search (Ctrl + F) and type in what program you have uninstalled
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    type in regedit in the search box and press enter. Then from here on, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING UNLESS U KNOW WHAT UR DOING!! Go to Hkey_Local_Machine > Software > Then a list of program registry keys will pop up, delete anything that is uninstalled. Make sure u backup the keys unless something goes wrong. To backup, you do: Select a group of keys on the left pane > Right click > Export > name it "whatever.reg" > save it. To import the backup, click the reg file and click "merge"
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    Does it matter if I deleted programs at:
    Go to Hkey_Current User> Software intead of "Local Machine"?

    Also, where can I check if programs listed there are legitimate? Isn't there a website to check the names of programs or applications?
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    HKEY_Current user will only delete the keys within the current account ur using so if u have another account, the keys will remain on that one. To delete it from ur entire system local machine is what u use. Ur second question i can't answer. sry
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    CCleaner is an awesome program, it has registry cleaner, temporary files cleaner, and is fast as hell to boot. There is also a section to uninstall programs or remove entries that didnt uninstall properly.
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