Update: Registry Prot is no longer available. We suggest you use either Tiny Watcher or MJ Registry Watcher which offer similar functionality. Both monitor the Windows Registry and alert you when changes are noticed.
The Windows Registry is of utmost importance to the Windows operating system. It stores core system preferences and information that Windows uses for a variety of activities ranging from the installation of updates over executing files to access to core system features such as the Task Manager or the Registry itself.
That's one reason why malicious programs may alter information in the Registry. A simple example is software that adds itself to the autostart using the Registry so that it is run on every system start.
Security software that is running on the system may not protect the Windows Registry at all against tampering or only parts of it. While there are certainly programs that offer a thorough protection against manipulation attempts, Win Patrol comes to mind for example, most don't.
Registry Prot is a tiny program that protects important Registry keys from being manipulated without the user's knowledge.
It barely uses 200 Kilobytes of computer memory while running and will only become active when programs try to make changes or additions to the Windows Registry.
There is no list of all the Registry locations that are monitored by Registry Protection. Among the known locations are the various possibilities to add system startup items and the default applications for known file types.
It is a bit unfortunate that you cannot modify the list of Registry locations using it as it would improve the program's usability significantly.
Registry Prot might not be something for inexperienced users as the informational dialogs are sometimes hard to understand without knowing how the Registry works. A web search can aid in the decision making process.
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