What is Registry Life?
Registry Life is advertised as a program that fixes errors in the system registry and performs optimization. In fact, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) due to the method that developers use to promote it. Note that Registry Life installer is used to promote another PUA called File Inspector.
Therefore, by installing Registry Life, users often allow File Inspector to be installed unintentionally.
Registry Life allows users to clean and optimize the system registry and manage startup items. This is a free program - users do not have to pay for activation of the full version. Note, however, that this is not the case with the aforementioned program (File Inspector), which is promoted through the installed version of Registry Life.
To use its features, which supposedly free up disk space, users must upgrade it to the PRO version (pay for the full version). Do not trust apps that are categorized as PUAs, since they often do not fix any errors, remove viruses, clean unnecessary, unwanted files, etc.
They simply display fake results (detections) to trick users into believing that they could improve computer performance, or perform other functions using the full version (and paying for activation/registration). Various installers (including Registry Life installer) are used to promote browser hijackers, adware-type apps, and other PUAs.
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines (by changing browser settings) and gather browsing-related information. In some cases, they target private, sensitive details as well. Developers might sell collected data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it in other ways.
Adware-type apps often track information, however, their main purpose is usually to display ads that, when clicked, open dubious web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations by running certain scripts. Therefore, never download or install apps of this type. The same applies to software such as Registry Life and File Inspector.
|Name||Registry Life potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||This program supposedly fixes and optimizes the system registry.|
|Detection Names||AVG (FileRepMalware [PUP]), Cylance (Unsafe), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/RegistryLife.A Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
RocketFixio, PC Win Booster and WisePCDoctor are examples of other programs also categorized as PUAs. There are many other programs of this type online. Commonly, the developers advertise them as tools that supposedly improve computer performance, fix system registry errors, remove unwanted files, programs, etc.
In fact, they do not operate as advertised and are designed only to trick users into paying for activation/registration. People often download and install these programs inadvertently.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Commonly, software developers distribute potentially unwanted apps using the "bundling" method. Developers use this method to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other regular software. They achieve this by including PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other programs, which are listed in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.
Many users download and install their programs without checking and changing these settings, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate. In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations are caused by clicking dubious ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised against using third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents clients, eMule, unofficial pages or other similar channels to download or install your software - they are often used to promote unwanted, even malicious apps.
Use only official websites and direct download links. Check all "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings and decline offers to download or install additional, potentially unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they appear on unofficial, dubious pages.
They can promote (open) potentially malicious web pages or cause download/installation of unwanted apps. Remove any suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Registry Life application (GIF):
Installation setup of Registry Life application:
Website promoting Registry Life application:
File Inspector included as an additional offer in setup of Registry Life:
File Inspector program:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Registry Life?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Registry Life" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Registry Life did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the registry life potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the registry life potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with registry life potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the registry life potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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