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Old 02-14-2020, 02:44 AM   #1
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I use AVG PC tune up on a daily basis. each time I start it up, I find a swag of registry entries that refer to and empty file, so if I remove them, all is ok until I reboot the computer and they are back again, I have no idea what is going on or how to remedy this.

I obviously am running Windows 10 Pro V1903, it was only built 2 weeks ago on a new motherboard and processor. The attached image shows todays effort, it only shows part as there are 128 entries.
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Choose the Properties of one of them and make sure you have Permission.
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Not sure how you can get the properties on the entries, they are just a log from AVG after scanning the registry.
If I right click on one of them I am given the option to jump to the local key, when I do this I am notified that it does not exist. Man am I confused
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Messing with the Windows Registry, whether by hand or using registry cleaner software, is an invitation to madness over the long run.

There are very often a lot of spurious registry entries that remain and accrue over time as software is added and removed, installers are used that don't clean up after themselves, etc. They have zero effect on Windows itself.

Microsoft has explicitly recommended against using registry cleaners for a very long time now: Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities
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Messing with the Windows Registry, whether by hand or using registry cleaner software, is an invitation to madness over the long run.

There are very often a lot of spurious registry entries that remain and accrue over time as software is added and removed, installers are used that don't clean up after themselves, etc. They have zero effect on Windows itself.

Microsoft has explicitly recommended against using registry cleaners for a very long time now: Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities

yes very much aware of this.
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yes very much aware of this.
Yet here you are. Best advice I could give you; chuck AVG PC Tuneup. You don't need it. A two week old Windows 10 installation is very young to need "tuning", specifically by third-party utilities. If I were you, I'd invest my time elsewhere other than running that program daily!
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Yet here you are. Best advice I could give you; chuck AVG PC Tuneup. You don't need it. A two week old Windows 10 installation is very young to need "tuning", specifically by third-party utilities. If I were you, I'd invest my time elsewhere other than running that program daily!
System Optimizers/Registry Cleaners are snake oil at best and can cause catastrophic failures at worst. They should be assiduously avoided. They're just not needed.

These days I feel the same way about third-party security suites, too, though I did not always feel that way. Windows Security, as implemented under Windows 8 and 10, has been in the top tier of testing results for several years now across multiple entities that test this kind of software. The fact that it's "set it and forget it" as well as never having interfered with either Windows itself nor any application program is further icing on that cake.
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As suggested, you do not need any 3rd party Anti-Virus apps, we strongly suggesting uninstalling AVG with AVG Clear. After a restart Enabling Windows Security (Defender) that is all you need.
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britechguy is correct, any utility that informs you that it can "tune" your PC is talking rubbish.

All that most of them do is remove Registry Orphans.

Now the Registry has hundreds of millions of entries, and will happily run with thousands of orphans without any discernible affect on your computer's performance.

However, remove just one "Orphan" that turns out not to be an orphan, and you could end up with a very expensive doorstop.

It takes more than just an algorithm to determine whether something is an orphan or not, it needs an intimate knowledge of every entry in every program that you might want to install on your computer, and what effect might accrue if you remove it.

To my certain knowledge there is no "Tune Up" program that has that kind of facility, so every time you use one, you are potentially exposing your computer to risk, for no real gain.
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Thanks chaps..
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Just to expand here, In Windows 10 Inetcache is a default system folder. It is normally not visible, unless revealed in the system folders folder view. It stores addresses of sites, as you visit them, so that, second time around, they open faster. You may have a permissions issue or the hidden folder has been deleted.

C:\Users\userid\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
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