Registry Alert is a free program for the Windows operating system that you can utilize to monitor the Registry for changes.
Some programs that you install on your version of Windows add entries to sensitive locations of the Windows Registry. Places like the various startup locations found in the local Registry that programs use to autostart with the Windows operating system are high value targets not only for legitimate software programs but also adware and malware.
While that is sometimes wanted, for instance for security software, it is often unwanted as the gain from doing so is minimal, and that's only if the program is trustworthy. Malware and spyware is often added to an autostart location so that it starts with the system.
Sometimes, legit software such as Google Update, adds itself to the Registry regularly and seems to come back a day or so later even if you remove it from it regularly.
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Registry Alert is a free program for the Windows operating system that monitors the system's Registry for changes so that you can react to those changes manually or configure the program to handle them automatically. It monitors startup locations by default but can be configured to monitor other locations as well that you add manually to it.
It displays alerts to you on first run if it finds programs listed in one of the startup locations of the Windows Registry that it monitors.
The prompt displays information about the entry including its name, file location, Registry location, and options on how to deal with it.
You may click on yes to delete the entry or no to keep it. In addition to that, you may check one or multiple of the following options: always remove it, always stop, or stop this running process.
Some of the options are useful in preventing repeat offenders from being added to the monitored locations. You can prevent the aforementioned Google Update process for instance from adding itself to the system startup by checking "always remove it" and "always stop" when it comes up so that it is handled automatically from that moment on.
You can open the list of events that you have added this way at any time with a right-click on the program icon and selecting the "all Registry keys" option from the context menu.
The window provides you with information about rules that you have added to the application and options to remove those rules again which can be helpful if you have made an error.
They are divided into "allowed Registry keys", "removed Keys" and "always remove Registry keys", each listing the name of keys added to the them as well as their data value and Registry location.
Custom Registry Alerts
More interesting than this is the ability to monitor additional Registry keys. Right-click on the program's system tray icon again and select "add new alerts" from the context menu.
This displays a new window which you use to add or remove new Registry alerts.
Core program features:
The monitoring feature is excellent but the option to stop related processes as well is what makes this program very helpful when it comes to removing and blocking spyware on Windows systems. It can also aid you in dealing with processes such as Google Update and other programs that are re-added regularly to the system startup,
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