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Windows 7: Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals

04 Sep 2016   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm back using my Clone.
I ran this (Free PC cleaner - Download) (Shellbag AnalyZer) from post #1 and found a bunch but I did not clean.

I ran the scan with (PrivaZer PC Cleaner) in normal mode and it only took a few minutes.
I let (PrivaZer) have it's way like I believe most new users would. Rebooted.
__________

Then I ran SFC /SCANNOW which found no problems. Rebooted.
Then I ran Ccleaner and it found a old Asus AI suite goodie, which I let Ccleaner take care of.
Then I ran TFC by Old Timer and found a little of it's normal stuff. Rebooted.
Then I ran Disk Clean Up and just found a thumbnail.
Then I checked msconfig for any added little goodies in Startup and Services and found none.
Now I going to run Shellbag AnalyZer again and see what it finds.

Back in a little while. Hopefully still booted into a proper working Clone.


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04 Sep 2016   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It's me again. Still in my properly working Clone.
After running (PrivaZer PC Cleaner) I still got the same results from (Shellbag AnalyZer) "735" items.
I cleaned them and ran (Shellbag AnalyZer) again and the "735" items where there again.
SFC /SCANNOW still finds no problems.

So to me and my little bit of testing (PrivaZer PC Cleaner) works but I would recommend doing more testing.

The (Shellbag AnalyZer) doesn't seem to do anything worth while. Everything it indicates is removed is back after a reboot.


Now I'm going to put my Clone away and go back to using my normal Windows 7.
Jack

Edit:
Please note. I did run all programs as administrator.
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04 Sep 2016   #13
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It's only for removing traces of deleted folders. For any other existing folders new shellbags will be created on reboot but without any previous custom view settings that you might have applied. That's why it's best to only concentrate on deleted folders.

Just tested again and those traces of deleted folders do not reappear after a rescan. In other words the shellbag entries for the selected deleted folders have been removed from the registry.
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-shellbag-analyzer-cleaner-v1.12.jpg


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04 Sep 2016   #14
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I suppose I should add that the program is run "Elevated" with admin rights maybe that makes a differences.
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04 Sep 2016   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You are correct I should of stated that in my post.
I will correct my post.
Thank you.
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04 Sep 2016   #16
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay so I just did the full deleted folders cleanup. When it says "100% cleaned" in the top left it's misleading.
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-shellbag-analyzer-cleaner-2.jpg
It's not actually finished until the "Cleanup in progress" vanishes and this pop up appears.
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-shellbag-analyzer-cleaner-3.jpg
Results after cleaning show zero traces of deleted folders. Also I chose to cleanup traces of folders opened on external drives.
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-shellbag-analyzer-cleaner-4.jpg


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04 Sep 2016   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I will go back to my Clone and give it another try.
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04 Sep 2016   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This is what I'm getting. It seem that it did the Clean as it should. Do I understand correctly?

Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-shell-bag.png


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04 Sep 2016   #19
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This is what I'm getting. It seem that it did the Clean as it should. Do I understand correctly?

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Well assuming that originally it showed traces of deleted folders (any locations) and first you unchecked everything then filtered the list (use drop down filter) or sort by "Type > Old deleted folder" then checked only deleted folders then it looks like it worked. What you don't want to do is delete anything else especially if you want to keep view settings for each existing folder.

All this program really does is to prevent someone who has access to your machine seeing which folders you deleted, the names of those folders and when you last opened and viewed them. It doesn't prevent recovery of those folders and contents using other methods.
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05 Sep 2016   #20
Microbell

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1+Updates
 
 

Well,

You guys are awesome for giving the program a try. Now when I read about "PrivaZer PC Cleaner" my understanding was they changed the way it removes the BAG entries. I understand it will remove some things I want to keep so I'll be selecting "ALL" and then remove marks from what I want to keep. That said removing just the deleted folders won't do for me as I need to remove all entries pointing to any folder that I have opened on other drives.

That's why I was going to use "Shellbag AnalyZer" as it's supposed to take out any of the check marked entries but now I'm having second thoughts as "Layback Bear" said it left entries behind after a reboot so it's either not removing those items or Windows is restoring them from another location (Restore Point?) or the wrong settings were used.

@Callender

Recovery of the files/folders on a modern SSD using Trim mode once deleted is as I understand it a moot point as once the cell is deleted the data is unrecoverable. On a standard Hard Drive I use Recuva to secure delete and overwrite and wipe the drives free space. (When needed and not required on SSD)

Anyway do we have a consensus if "Shellbag AnalyZer" deletes everything check marked or just the deleted folders entries?

**note**

As for the mount points and someone correct me if I'm wrong but those registry locations I listed just tells windows what was mounted and in no way effects the mounting of any drive. So for example if I remove them all including dos/C:\ then once Windows reboots and loads C:\ again the entry will reappear in the registry and the other entries won't reappear until that mount point is remounted.

Also note that Microsoft's answer for clearing the Bag folder's is to actually delete the main Key and then add them back and on a 64bit system you have to clean both locations I posted and these ones.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\LocalSettings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
Shell\Bags

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\LocalSettings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
Shell\BagMRU
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