What Is Windows Registry Editor?

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What Is Registry Editor?

What Is Registry Editor

Registry Editor – Definition

Short definition: The Windows Registry Editor or “Registry Editor” in short is a hierarchic dabase, storing different kinds of settings for Windows. It is comprised by Registry Keys, Registry Sub-keys and Value Entries.

Extended Definition:

The Windows Registry Editor is a database that contains objects, the creation of which with specific instructions allows you to change different settings in Windows. For example, if you create a Registry Entry in the Run and RunOnce sub-keys that are located in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER, you can make any file run automatically each time Windows has started. This is commonly used for malicious purposes by various types of viruses. Registry Editor can also be used to change different web browser settings by adding value strings that allow adware or other types of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) to read and change information on the sites you visit and thus show you tons of ads while remaining uninterrupted.

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