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Windows 7: Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals

04 Sep 2016   #1
Microbell

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1+Updates
 
 
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals

Gents,

In Need of Registry Expert!

Wasn't quite sure which sub-forum this should go under so please move it if need be. I'm a security/anonymity minded PC user so my security is High and I constantly monitor whats connected, what folders are accessed, what new files appeared in the last 30 days and such and clean accordingly. While rummaging through the registry I came across 4 keys that present a problem as I don't know if all of the entries can be removed.

These keys list every folder you ever opened since Windows was installed:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagsMRU\


These keys list every Mount Point for each drive and any encrypted volumes.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MountPoints2


Now what I want to do is delete all the sub keys under Bag\BagsMRU (As I think they are just folder views) and delete all but the HD's/DVD mount points under MountedDevices\MountPoints2

I constantly work with sensitive work related files on encrypted containers and don't need registry entries leaving tracks to files, folders and locations of where I've been, what I've opened, how many times I accessed it.

So my questions are the following:

1. Can I delete the sub key entries under Bags/BagsMRU and MountedDevices\MountPoints2?
2. If so How can I select them all for deletion instead of one at a time?

**note** There's a lot in the Bags keys so I will be making a restore point and backing up the registry before the attempt.


EDIT!!

Might have found part of an answer. Anyone use this tool to clean the Bag entries? "Shellbag Analyzer & Cleaner v1.25" Free PC cleaner - Download


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04 Sep 2016   #2
mitchell65

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

I can't answer your specific query but I would urge you to make a back up of the registry and store a copy of the backup file on an eternal storage source before taking any action.
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04 Sep 2016   #3
Microbell

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1+Updates
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
I can't answer your specific query but I would urge you to make a back up of the registry and store a copy of the backup file on an eternal storage source before taking any action.
Thanks. I noted that on my previous post already.


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**note** There's a lot in the Bags keys so I will be making a restore point and backing up the registry before the attempt.
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04 Sep 2016   #4
mitchell65

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

Sorry missed that.
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04 Sep 2016   #5
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Not sure what will happen if you delete the mount point entries-my concern is the inability for you to mount it back. Besides they will only be recreated when you mount the volume back. I can however tell you what will happen if you delete the bags registry. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/813711 You will lose settings pertaining folder size, location, & view. If you are really worried about security why don't you completely encrypt the system drive?
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04 Sep 2016   #6
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

If your to the extreme with security then PrivaZer v3.0.8 is for you. Here's a quick video on the app by majorgeeks.

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04 Sep 2016   #7
Callender

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

Not sure about the mount points but for selective shell bag cleanup I have always used this:

Shellbag Analyzer & Cleaner v1.25

NOTE: If you select a shell bag for an existing folder you will lose all current view settings for that folder. Only use it to remove traces of deleted folders.

EDIT: Also note this is not the same program as PrivaZer that was linked in Post #6

You have to be very careful if you decide to use PrivaZer (full version)

See: PrivaZer PC cleaner

Even experienced members here have had some issues after running it. There's no problem if you can understand configuration, options and have backups.

EDIT: RE: Mount Points.

Just tried USB Oblivion. I forgot that I had it. Anyway a test clean on my machine shows the following will be removed.
Windows 7 Advice on Registry Key Removals-usboblivion-64-bit.jpg
Here's a text file that contains registry entries that will be removed if a real clean is performed:
USBOblivion-64-PC-160904-165813.txt


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04 Sep 2016   #8
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

I'm reminded of the little saying, "you're not being paranoid....they really are out to get you!"

I'm always prepared to experiment with my PC, so after reading the OP's post, I went in and deleted that "bags" key and then rebooted.
Here I am, after the reboot, and everything is working properly. OH by the way, Windows just remade that 'Bags' key, with one addition, for the Desktop. But the long list of things in there originally are gone.

If this were something that I felt strongly about and wanted to do on a re-occurring basis, I would just write a little .reg script to delete that one key and then I'd not have to go into the registry at all, just run the script.

I do a lot of tweaks and add-ons to my own registry and the registries of PC's I'm setting up or just working on and I use .reg scripts for all that. I can avoid making mistakes in the registry and possibly creating problems for myself, by just using scripts that I know work and not going into the registry at all.
Every time you enter the registry, there is the likelihood of making a mistake, that could seriously affect the operation of Windows.

For instance, I have one script that forces Windows to make a new Registry Restore Point, (thank you Shawn) and I've put that script in my "Startup" folder, so I get a new Restore Point every time I boot up the PC. Those restore points only build up to the point that I've preset in Windows, then the old ones drop off into the old "Bit Bucket". They cannot overwhelm the HD, like they did in Windows ME.

I would put the deleting "Bags" key in the same category as deleting the contents of the "Prefetch" folder.
Or deleting all your browsing History on a regular basis.

I had one customer who was afraid of the Govt. confiscating his computer to maybe find incriminating files. So I wrote him a Cleanup.bat program to do a massive cleanup on his PC every time he ran the program. He would run it every day just before he would shut down his PC for the day, or he could run it anytime there was an unexpected knock on the door.
Sure enough the day came when the US Marshals came to get his HD.
The report from the Forencic scientist who examined his HD, said that the drive looked like it had just been formatted and Windows re-installed. There was absolutely NO trace of his activity.
That was just another thumb in the eye of Big Brother!
Too bad Hillary was so careless about saving all her emails. Eh?

Cheers Mate!
TechnoMage
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04 Sep 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I just booted up into one of my Clones and will give ( PrivaZer) a run and see what happens.
I will be back hopefully still using my Clone.

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04 Sep 2016   #10
Callender

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I just booted up into one of my Clones and will give ( PrivaZer) a run and see what happens.
I will be back hopefully still using my Clone.

You'd need to scan without actually cleaning then inspect the results listed for each item selected in the left pane before going ahead. Then configure options to keep anything that you don't want to remove.
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