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Offline ChuckRJr

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« on: June 16, 2018, 02:41:28 PM »
A few years ago I managed to install Silverlight and Adobe Flash Player 11 Activex( I now have 29).  Neither one of them point to a file on C:. Recently I ran Wise Registry Cleaner and CCleaner(which I have used for years) and System Essentials and Tweaking.com.  I expected one of them to clean up the Register as the programs CAN'T be removed from the control panel.  I know that I could use Regedit and find the entries and delete from there, but I wonder why there is no program the realizes the entries don't point to an application.

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Re: Register Question
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 03:45:36 PM »
I have both Silverlight and Adobe Flash Player in Program Files.


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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 03:48:52 PM »
I don't have Silverlight anywhere. I don't have Adobe 11 only Adobe 29.  Both are just hanging around.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 03:58:10 PM »
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A few years ago I managed to install Silverlight and Adobe Flash Player 11 Activex( I now have 29).  Neither one of them point to a file on C:. Recently I ran Wise Registry Cleaner and CCleaner(which I have used for years) and System Essentials and Tweaking.com.  I expected one of them to clean up the Register as the programs CAN'T be removed from the control panel.  I know that I could use Regedit and find the entries and delete from there, but I wonder why there is no program the realizes the entries don't point to an application.

I don't know what you are saying here. What do you mean that neither of them point to a file on C?

Nothing you said suggests there is a problem with the Registry. What CCleaner's Registry cleaner does is look for entries in the Registry that point to nowhere (orphaned entries). No Registry cleaner should ever delete files from your computer.
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I don't have Silverlight anywhere. I don't have Adobe 11 only Adobe 29.  Both are just hanging around.
This is confusing. If you don't have Silverlight anywhere, where are you seeing it?

And are you confusing Adobe "Reader" 11 with Adobe "Flash" 29?
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Re: Register Question
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 04:08:56 PM »
Windows Installer(from Programs and Features) says "The path 'Microsoft Silverlight Installation'1' cannot be found.
Other information wants to point to a CD-Rom which I never used. It has an install date of 3/16/2013.
  Windows 7 Professional 64bit.

I get the same message for Adobe Flash Player 11 Activex installed 11/14/2013.  Adobe Flash Player 29 was installed 5/8/2018.

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 04:35:00 PM »
That could be due to an orphaned entry, and in that case, I am surprised CCleaner's Registry cleaner does not fix it. You might check out the Microsoft Fix-it tool as seen here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17588/fix-problems-that-block-programs-from-being-installed-or-removed
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Re: Register Question
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2018, 04:47:06 PM »
I just tried it for Silverlight and it worked FINE.  Thanks
I will try it for Adobe when I get the chance.

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Re: Register Question
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2018, 09:49:49 PM »
I want to say Silverlight won't be in Add/Remove Programs; it'd be within the Windows Updates area. It's been too long since I've used it.

But, if you want to more properly uninstall Silverlight given things may have been butchered by the registry cleaner, follow the steps at  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2608523/how-to-clean-a-corrupted-silverlight-installation-and-then-reinstall-s

And here's how to uninstall Adobe Flash: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html

For me, registry cleaners are like matches: mess with them enough and eventually you'll get burned. A registry entry with a path pointing to nowhere is not necessarily bad, but they're "convenient" for registry cleaners to call out as something scary and throw big red warning messages to entice purchases and help folks "feel better" about it when the scary warning messages go away.

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Re: Register Question
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2018, 02:48:29 PM »
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A registry entry with a path pointing to nowhere is not necessarily bad, but they're "convenient" for registry cleaners to call out as something scary and throw big red warning messages to entice purchases and help folks "feel better" about it when the scary warning messages go away.
I hate that too! Some of those programs really go overboard with those big red scary warnings, calling them "problems", when in fact, they are not. It is those tactics that often give all Registry cleaners a bad rap when in fact, they should not all be lumped together as "evil".

Even CCleaner lists "issues" it finds under a category heading called "Problems". But at least it goes on to define the problem/issue, lets you easily deselect it for fixing, and never reports a problem that requires some purchase to fix it as some programs do. >:(

And it always prompts to backup the Registry before making any changes, and, at least in my own testing, restoring from that backup actually works.

While the debate rages on as to CCleaner's Registry Cleaner's benefits, if CCleaner were "evil" or destructive as some of those programs clearly are, it would not have become one of the most popular utilities and cleanup programs ever created, and maintained such popularity and reputation for over 10 years.
 
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