To perform a scan of your registry using Digital Care AntiVirus Complete:
- Open Digital Care AntiVirus Complete
- Click on Performance
- Select Registry Cleaning
- Click Start Scan
By default, the Registry Cleaning scan categories include the following items:
- COM/Active X Entries: The ActiveX and COM areas of the Registry hold key information about the components of Windows programs. Invalid COM/ActiveX entries refer to items that no longer exist, and can harm program performance.
- Uninstall Entries: Programs you install will come with information stored in your Registry for later use. Uninstall information may remain behind after removing the program at the company’s instruction or due to other factors.
- Font Entries: These registry paths describe the fonts used for displaying information in Windows applications. Invalid font entries can build up with install and uninstall actions, as well as custom font additions to your system.
- Shared DLLs: References to files and program libraries (DLL) are stored in your Registry for use by one or more applications. If these files have been deleted or moved, the references become invalid, and should be removed.
- Application Paths: The Windows Registry records hard drive location paths for all applications installed on your PC. You may have moved a program’s location on your PC, or an uninstaller did not properly remove the app path.
- Help Files Information: The Registry contains location information about help files for your programs. If help files have been deleted or moved, this can cause problems for Windows and the application trying to reference them.
- Windows Startup Items: If applications are improperly uninstalled, startup references left in the Registry will cause Windows to unsuccessfully attempt to load the programs every time you start your PC.
- File/Path References: References to where your files and programs are located are often saved in your Registry. These paths can be easily orphaned or left behind after uninstalling or moving a program, and should be removed.
- Program Shortcuts: Shortcuts are used to quickly access programs, documents and folders. They can become invalid when the items they link to are moved or deleted, and should be cleaned up.
- File Associations: Windows will track each file’s type, and what program needs to be used to open the file. Incorrectly associated file types will prevent you from opening files properly, and should be repaired.