Optimizing the Windows registry can significantly enhance your
Asmwsoft PC Optimizer doesn't delete anything from the registry until you tell it to. It is also important to understand that even when the redundant registry entries refer to files or folders, the program only deletes the entries in the registry, not the files or folders on your system.
Scan Option Details:
Find Invalid font entries
Each font used by Windows is stored as a separate file in a special Windows folder. When you install a font it is registered with an entry in the registry that enables Windows to access and use it.
If the font files are deleted or the fonts are uninstalled incorrectly their registry entries become orphaned, referring to files that no longer exist or can no longer be found. This can also happen if Uninstallations. is interrupted.
Activating this option tells Asmwsoft PC Optimizer to find such orphaned font entries so that you can delete them.
Find Invalid shared DLL file entries
DLL files are "library files" used to store functions that every Windows application can access and use. It's usually possible for any number of applications to access a DLL file at the same time.
Unlike COM/OLE objects, DLL files can't be used to exchange data between applications, and they also can't be used by Internet pages. As the name indicates, "shared DLLs" are used (shared) by multiple applications usually applications from the same manufacturer. This has the advantage that updating a single DLL file can provide improved or enhanced functionality for all the applications that use the DLL.
These registry entries can frequently still be found in the registry long after the applications and the DLLs themselves have been deleted. If the applications are moved to a different location or uninstalled incorrectly the registry entries no longer refer to the actual location of the DLL files and the applications are unable to find them. Activating this option tells Asmwsoft PC Optimizer to find these "orphaned" entries referring to shared DLL files and presents them for deletion.
Find Invalid application paths
Every time you start an application its path is automatically stored in the Windows registry. Such path entries are also often stored during the installation of applications.
If you then uninstall or move the application the path entry in the registry becomes orphaned, e.g. it refers to an application that no longer exists. These path entries are completely useless and can be deleted safely. Activating this option tells Asmwsoft PC Optimizer to find these "orphaned" entries referring to shared DLL files and presents them for deletion.
Find Invalid help files entries
Every time you open a help file its path is automatically stored in the Windows registry. Help files are often also opened automatically to display information during the installation of applications, and this also generates help file registry entries.
If you uninstall the application or delete the help file the registry help file path entry becomes orphaned i.e. it refers to a file that no longer exists. Such orphaned help file entries are completely useless and can be safely deleted. Activating this option tells Asmwsoft PC Optimizer to find these "orphaned" entries referring to help files and presents them for deletion.
Find Invalid icon entries
Virtually all applications, file formats and other visible Windows objects have their own unique icons that you can click on with the mouse to perform specific actions such as opening files or starting programs.
Like so many other things, the paths to file format icons and some other icon types are stored in entries in the Windows registry. In the course of time icons sometimes get deleted or moved. If the object they refer to still exists Windows automatically displays a standard icon instead.
More frequently both the icon and the object it refers to are moved or deleted. In both cases, the associated registry entry becomes orphaned e.g. it refers to an object that no longer exists. These entries are completely useless and can be deleted safely. Activating this option tells Asmwsoft PC Optimizer to find orphaned icon entries so that you can delete them.
Find Invalid file type entries
During installation many applications register one or more file types that can be loaded and/or written by the application. When a file type is registered like this double-clicking on a file of the corresponding type automatically opens the application with the file.
For example, double clicking on a *.txt file usually opens Microsoft NotePad, loading the file for editing. If the application is then deleted or moved without uninstalling it properly double-clicking on the registered file types results in an error message because Windows can no longer find the associated application.
When this option is activated Asmwsoft PC Optimizer detects these orphaned file type registrations and presents them for deletion.
Find Invalid COM/OLE file entries
COM objects (COMmon Interface Objects) are function libraries that are accessible to all Windows applications. Orphaned COM objects reference applications or files that no longer exist. Sometimes the registry can contain an incorrect path entry so that it isn't possible to find the referenced file even though it actually exists. The result is that the application can no longer access the COM object's functions, and the corresponding registry entry is effectively redundant.
The same basic situation applies for OLE objects (Object Linking and Embedding). The only difference is that these objects are used for exchanging data between applications. OLE objects are also files and if they are missing or stored in a different folder their registry entries become orphaned and no longer serve any useful purpose.
Activating this option makes Asmwsoft PC Optimizer find these orphaned entries referring to COM and OLE objects.
Select Location to Scan
The keys to scan options designate the various areas in your Registry that will be scanned when looking for invalid data. It is not extremely important that you understand exactly what these options mean.
Start searching by clicking the "Start" Button.
Removing selected entries
To select a single entry for removal, select it from the reference list. To select multiple entries for removal, hold down the Ctrl or Shift keys while selecting them in the reference list.
Once you have selected the entries you wish to remove, select the button labeled “Delete”
Removing all entries
To remove all listed entries, click "Select All" button then click "Delete" Button