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What is regedit.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the regedit.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Regedit.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with regedit
Regedit.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Registry Editor or htajmlerxqawdsmy belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Outerinfo by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or vvpkkihpcehy.

Description: The original regedit.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file regedit.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 146,432 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 153,600 bytes and 10 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/regedit.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It is a Windows core system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as regedit.exe, for example VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!EE or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.aum or Trojan-GameThief.Win32.Magania.cyrj (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the regedit.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

regedit error
  himanshu sahni  
its process of the windows registry
  john  
function of regedit.exe
   
i had 4 of them when using RegistryBooster 2 which seems to be a legit program to clean your registry of invalid things.
  LOL  
hkey_current_user/software/microsoft/internetexplorer/tyedurls3
   
can regedit delete names out the media player
   
it wiped out my computer . i could not execute any commands . it would ot shut down properly,then would never reboot. all programs and files were lost.
  tsteele43  
regedit ebook help
  mphawade  
Key file to crack Windows applications
  RawR  
Could be a virus. Found one (182.272 bytes) which is definately not from Microsoft. Also automatically starts at system bootup, which the normal regedit wouln't do.
  Ruben  
it is cmnd for register in windows
  john  
It Controls all program and files and registry
  Hugo  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of regedit.exe: based on 13 votes with 12 user comments. 6 users think regedit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade regedit.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving regedit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with regedit. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the regedit.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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