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Manage Registry Backup
ARO 2011 is a computer maintenance program for tuning up the Microsoft® Windows® registry, removing accumulated temporary and other junk files, and verifying your security settings. A more organized and an error-free registry with less junk and active, up-to-date security settings can have a deep impact on the system performance. ARO 2011 is designed to clean up your registry from all the invalid and obsolete entries and junk files which accumulate with constant usage in a very smart and effective manner.
Why does the registry need optimization?
The Windows registry is the database containing all the information regarding the applications installed on the system and the settings of the operating system. The registry is comprised of keys and values. Each key can have many sub-keys and each sub-key can have many sub-keys. The structure is hierarchical similar to the file directories that exist on the computer. Values are the actual information stored in each key and sub-key. Obsolete and unwanted registry entries can flood the registry with normal, continuous system usage. Many times as we install some application and uninstall it later, remnants are left behind; files are deleted but a blank registry entry is still reflected. These invalid and out-of-use entries remain in the registry making it bulkier and adversely affecting the system access and response time, and overall performance may deteriorate.
The registry may also encounter fragmentation problems. Random deletions and un-installations leave empty blocks in the registry and these blank entries may cause instability, performance issues, and error messages.
Why clean up system junk?
Cleaning up system junk such as temporary files and crash dumps can increase hard disk space and may improve overall system performance.
Why does ARO 2011 do a baseline security scan?
Support.com has repaired over 1.3 million PCs. Through these efforts we have found that many customers do not have the proper security software installed or configured. Non-existent or ill-configured security software can leave a PC exposed to malware and degrade PC performance. The ARO 2011 baseline security scan checks for the existence of anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software on your computer. If it exists, ARO 2011 then checks to see if it is properly configured. If ARO has any reason to believe your PC has a security problem, the potential issue if flagged to you for review. In some cases, the computer may have security software installed and properly configured but ARO may not detect it. If you are sure your computer is properly secured, you may ignore this message.
How can ARO 2011 help?
Windows contains a tool called Registry Editor that can be used to manually add, change, or remove registry settings. Manually making changes should only be done by an experienced systems administrator. A thorough understanding of the registry is recommended before manually editing the registry as any changes or deletions done without having a complete insight can be very harmful for the system. ARO 2011 is a one touch, easy to use, and highly advanced maintenance tool used to bring out the best in a system worn out with time.
What can ARO 2011 do?
Repair and clean the registry from unwanted and invalid entries.
Remove unwanted junk files from your system.
Defrag and optimize the registry.
Complete a baseline security scan for active and up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware, and personal firewall.
Reduce application and system crashes and hang-ups.
Reduce error messages related to registry errors.
Increase available empty disk space.
Improve system response time.
Speed up system performance.
The program automatically adapts itself to the operating system on which it runs, so you do not require any manual settings. ARO 2011 is compatible with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and 7.
Recommended system configuration:
Microsoft Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and 7 (32 or 64 bit)
Graphics mode 800x600 or better with 16.7 m colors.
5 MB free hard disk space (an additional 10 MB is needed during installation only to accommodate the initial setup files).
Intel Pentium or processor equivalent to industry standards with 500 MHz or above.
128 MB RAM.
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Status Welcome Screen
The new interface of ARO 2011 is designed for simplicity and ease of use. The main screen has sections that tell you the number of registry errors found on previous scan, your junk status, when was the last Registry Scan performed, Backup and Optimization were taken, and above all lets you to optimize system in a single click. The One Click Optimization feature enables you can scan, fix and optimize your PC quickly and easily.
Actions that can be performed from the main screen includes:
One Click Optimization
Power Pack and Baseline Security Status
One Click Optimization
ARO 2011 comes with an advanced registry cleaning and optimization mechanism. When you click on the 'One Click Optimization' button the program performs following tasks:
The System Status block shows if any registry errors, junk files, or baseline security problems were detected on your system during the last scan, including the status of the errors found, whether fixed or pending. 13 registry areas are scanned along with reviewing a set of registry tweaks. Seven types of system junk are scanned for. And the baseline security is reviewed. ARO 2011 considers baseline security to be installed and up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware, and personal firewall.
It further has a Registry Status section that informs you when the last Registry Scan, Backup and Optimization were taken. Your system summary report contains:
Power Pack and Baseline Security Status
Optimization and Performance
Power Pack is a combination of three products available at Sammsoft and Support.com. Apart from ARO 2011, it includes MemTurbo and Hard Disk Tune-Up. MemTurbo is valuable on a PC to enhance memory performance. It reduces memory leakages, controls memory distribution among applications etc to enhance application response time. Hard Disk Tune-Up quickly defrags your hard disk to improve seek and read times.
ARO 2011’s baseline security scan verifies that important security software is installed and properly configured on your PC. This includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, and personal firewall. While we designed ARO 2011’s security scan to be as accurate as possible, there are some situations that may drive inaccuracies. These situations include:
We are unable to specifically detect anti-spyware software as separate from anti-virus software in older versions of Windows®. In these cases, the status will be shown as “Unknown”.
Some security software does not register itself with Windows correctly. In these cases, we may not be able to tell that they are installed and configured correctly, when in fact they are. If ARO 2011 flags a potential baseline security issue with your PC, please review your installed security software carefully, or call Support.com directly at 1-800 PC SUPPORT and speak to a Personal Technology Expert® who can help.
The clean up process includes scanning for registry errors, system junk, and the security baseline. Windows® and other applications store information in the registry. By installing and uninstalling software and normal day-to-day activities, the registry can begin to hold data that is no longer valid. Windows and other applications also fail to remove temporarily created files, caches and lists which can use up needed disk space and memory.
Invalid links are common in the registry. Junk files accumulate over time. It is always a good practice to regularly clean them out. The Scan System section will clean and streamline your registry, remove junk files, and verify your baseline security.
Start the cleaning process by selecting Start Scanning Now. By default, all the areas prone to registry errors and junk accumulation are selected.
During the scanning process you can view the registry keys being analyzed. At any time you can abort the scan process by clicking the Stop Scan button.
Junk and security baseline scans are also completed.
Once the scanning process is complete, ARO 2011 displays the results window that summarizes all the categories scanned and the total errors and junk found under each category. The problems found are divided into various categories so that you can easily get to know the problems under each category. The baseline security status is also displayed.
The category headings are linked to a new window that details each and every error found under that category. The error entry in the details screen describes the name of the invalid reference and the path/location referring to it or related details. By default, invalid registry entries and junk files are selected for repair or deletion. Uncheck the box Select All to exclude all the entries or manually un-select the entries which you want not to be repaired, else keep the default condition to fix all.
Click on Fix All Errors to start the removal of invalid registry entries and junk files, resulting in an error free, smooth and stable computer.
The registry plays a key role in the configuration and control of Windows® operating systems. It is the repository for both system-wide and per-user settings. The data in the registry is stored in hundreds of keys and sub-keys. Windows and programs query the registry for information constantly. With passing time, as programs are used, installed and uninstalled, data is scattered all over the registry with many free blocks in between. Think of registry database as a chart with rows and columns in a big queue. Even when the data is deleted from a registry block, it still maintains a reference to the next registry block consuming the same amount of space that it occupied before. When new items are added to the registry, they are added at the bottom in a queue. Over time, the registry ends up with many blank cells. Incomplete, corrupt, or invalid registry entries may pass invalid information to calling program causing a system or application crash, slowdowns and instability.
Querying a registry with fewer entries is faster, and optimizing the registry makes the load time shorter.
How to optimize the registry?
ARO 2011 compacts the registry to improve the performance of your computer. ARO 2011 eliminates registry fragmentation thereby giving you a fresh new registry with no data gaps. To optimize the registry, go to the Optimize tab and review the details of your last Registry optimization, if they exist. Click the button Optimize Registry Now to perform optimization.
Manage Registry Backup
ARO 2011 is designed to safely remove invalid entries and errors and optimize the registry. If you feel the removal of registry errors has caused any of your installed programs to work erroneously, or your computer is taking a lot of time to boot, or is running slow, or has affected your computer in any other way, you can always revert the state of your computer to the last known good registry. The Restore function will replace the removed keys to help diagnose any potential problems.
The Backup and Restore Registry can take backup in two ways:
Complete registry backups can be taken manually by clicking the Take Full Registry Backup button. When you press the button One Click Optimization on the main screen, a complete registry backup is automatically taken.
Whenever you scan and clean the registry manually, after selecting the necessary registry categories, the program automatically takes backup of these categories before removing their invalid entries. This may prove essential whenever you want to restore entries of such categories.
In the Partial Backup section, the backups are maintained by date.
How to Restore?
Simply select a backup record from the Full Backups or Partial Backups section and click Restore. The registry entries on the selected date and time will be restored. You need only keep the most recent backups. Older backups may be safely deleted.
ARO 2011 allows you a large degree of control over what is scanned and repaired. The tabbed sections are:
By default all the registry areas are selected for scanning, however, you can unselect an area by un-checking it and clicking on the Apply button. Pressing the Restore Defaults button will include all the registry areas in scanning.
ARO 2011 scans the below mentioned areas in the registry for errors:
Impact on system
ActiveX® and COM
An ActiveX control is a component program object that has a set of rules for how programs should share information. ActiveX and COM components are installed on the system when you browse the Internet or even install any application. These entries increase the size of the registry or can be a cause of malfunctioning of some programs. Invalid COM or ActiveX object entries in the Windows® registry can cause application failures, document and information loss, and system crashes.
When a program is installed, it maintains a reference to the path, to which it is located, including the file name, on the registry. If Application Path information is not correct in the registry, it may cause programs to fail. An invalid path on the registry could arise when uninstalled programs do not remove their referential entries or if the physical location of a program has changed.
There are many programs installed on a computer with relevant files associated with these programs. Invalid File Type entries occur when some file extensions refer to programs that no longer exist on a computer.
Applications such as word processors can generate errors or crash due to corrupt fonts or invalid font entries. Invalid font entries occur when an incorrect reference to the font is present in the registry.
When a program is installed it makes entries in the registry relating to associated help files. When this help file is deleted or moved from the folder where it was originally installed, it results in an invalid registry reference. You don’t want an application to crash when you are looking for help.
Windows maintains registry entries of all the recently opened files on your machine. These registry entries contain paths to those files. If the file is moved form that location, or is deleted, the registry shows an invalid reference. Over time, these type of orphaned registry entries can accumulate on your system.
The registry includes paths of files and program libraries (”dll” files) that are used by various programs. If these files are moved or deleted, it would result in invalid registry paths.
When a program is installed, it creates entries in the registry with a variety of information and configuration settings. It also creates entries to uninstall in a special area in the registry. When the program is uninstalled it should remove all the entries created by it under software or uninstall sections but some programs fail to do so and leave behind invalid entries.
Sound files are played when certain events occur on the system. There may be entries in the registry, which point to sound files that no longer exist.
The Start Menu provides quick access to some programs, if programs are moved or removed from their original location, it will result in an invalid registry entry.
There may be some programs that are scheduled to be launched on Windows startup but are actually removed from the disk. This will result in an invalid registry entry.
This scans everything in your HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry hive and will usually catch more errors than other scans. The downside is that it takes longer to complete the scanning process.
This option scans for errors in HKEY_CURRENT_USER subtree, which contains the profile of the user who is currently logged on to the computer. The user profile includes environment variables, personal program groups, desktop settings, network connections, printers, and application preferences.
Registry Tweaks are system performance enhancements that may help improve the performance of your operating system.
Temp Internet Files
Support.com Product Improvement Program
By selecting to share anonymous information about your system issues, you help Support.com build a better product. The information shared includes the number of registry errors and junk files found as well as the results of baseline security analyses.
ARO 2011 has a section to create an Exclusion List. If you want to exclude a path from registry scanning, you can add that path into this Exclusion List. Remember that if invalid registry entries are created under the path excluded by you, ARO 2011 will not be able track or optimize those entries.
To exclude a registry section, click on Add Entry and select the section which you want to add in exclusion list. The drop-down list provides the name of the hives. To be more specific, enter the complete path of the registry key in the next box, Specify Registry Entry. Press OK to add it to the exclusions. You can delete an entry from the exclusion list by selecting the entry and clicking Delete Entry.
Skip errors due to removable media: When you install removable drives, it creates certain registry entries. But if the drive is removed, the registry references will be invalid as it will link to the drive not found on your system. However, at a later time if you are certain to use the same drive again, we suggest not to delete these errors because you will have to reinstall the drivers for the removable drive. Simply check the option to skip the registry errors displayed in such condition.
ARO 2011 comes with a built in scheduler for scanning and cleaning automatically. You can schedule ARO 2011 to run only once or every day or every week.
To create a schedule select the frequency of the schedule (once, every day or every week on a predefined time and day) and click Apply. The scheduled scan and clean is created!