SpyHunter’s Registry Guard feature is designed to give you complete control over which processes are authorized to add auto-start entries to your Windows registry. This feature will identify and stop any processes that attempt to secretly auto-start malware by exploiting the Windows registry.
Please note that SpyHunter’s Registry Guard will not block a program from all registry access. It will only block a process from being able to write to auto-start points of execution in the registry. Therefore, even blocked programs will generally be able to function on your computer (although they cannot write registry entries to automatically start themselves or other processes).
To activate SpyHunter’s Registry Guard, click on the “Registry Guard” tab on the left side of the SpyHunter panel window and then check the “Activate Registry Guard” checkbox.
The “Registry Guard” tab displays the following list:
- Allowed items: (located on the left side of the window) Items that you have granted permission to write to your registry.
- Blocked items: (located on the right side of the window) Items that you have specifically blocked from writing to your registry.
You can edit these lists at any time through the Registry Guard interface.
To bring up additional properties of a process that is in either list, simply click on the filename to select it. Windows information related to the associated file will be displayed. Please note that, as this data is set by the publisher of the item and not by SpyHunter, this information may have been falsified. We recommend that you use the “More Info” feature to confirm any information. To use “More Info” to retrieve accurate, up-to-date information on a process, simply click on the process to select it and then click the “More Info” button.
Please note that you must be connected to the Internet for this feature to work, as it requires a connection to our servers.
Please also note that “More Info” functionality is only offered to full, paying SpyHunter users.
SpyHunter’s Registry Guard is extremely intuitive when it creates and edits the lists of blocked and allowed processes. When Registry Guard is active, any process that attempts to write to an auto-start location in the registry will trigger an alert, displaying the processes that are going to be executed. Unless you specifically desire the program in question to automatically start when Windows starts, we recommend that you first click on the “More Info” button to get up-to-the-minute information on the process from the SpyHunter servers.
To block the process from writing to the registry, click “No”. To allow the process to add an entry to the registry to automatically start itself or another (possibly malicious) process, click the “Yes” button.
We recommend that you are extremely careful when adding an item to the “Allowed” list, as relatively few processes require access to registry auto-start keys.
Make sure that the “Remember my answer” checkbox is checked if you want SpyHunter to remember your choice and add it to Registry Guard’s “Allowed/Blocked” lists.
How to Edit Blocked and Allowed Lists
As the editing features of blocked and allowed lists are identical in both the Process Guard and the Registry Guard, both will be explained here.
SpyHunter gives you the ability to manually add an item to the “Allowed” or “Blocked” items list. To do so, please follow the instructions below:
- Click the “Add” button above the “Allowed” or the “Blocked” items list. An “Open” dialog will appear.
- Navigate through the dialog to select the executable file that you would like to add to the “Allowed” or “Blocked” items list.
- Click the Open button to add the file.
If you have accidentally added an item to either the “Allowed” or the “Blocked” items list, it is extremely easy to remove it. Just click on the item in either list to highlight it, and click the appropriate “Remove” button above the list that the highlighted item is in. It is as simple as that!
Move Items Between Lists
SpyHunter also allows you to quickly move an item from the “Allowed” list to the “Blocked” list, or vice versa. To do so, just click the item that you want to move, in order to highlight it.
- To move an item from “Allowed” items to “Blocked” items, click the right arrow button between the two lists.
- To move an item from “Blocked” to “Allowed” items, click the left arrow button.