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File not found after Autoruns. Should I do anything?

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    Greece
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    File not found after Autoruns. Should I do anything?


    I got 3 'file not found' entries in my Autoruns report (see below).

    Having removed filters from the report, it looks like the files are there, but not where they are expected to be (am I correct with this interpretation?).

    So should I be doing something like moving them to where they should be, or deleting the 'file not found' entries, or should I just leave well alone.

    And if the answer is to move them, then can someone please explain how to do this - in simple language

    Thanks

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Is there anything not starting that you want to start? If that's not the case then I would create a Restore Point to back up the Registry. Then run CCleaner Registry tool and let it search for issues. Select "fix all" issues. When it asks to make a backup do so and save the .reg file. This gives you a second way to restore the registry along with the Restore Point. Also you can use ERUNT to back up the Registry.

    After CCleaner removes the Registry issues the dead entries should be gone.

    Edit: Many programs when they uninstall just leave the Registry entries they added rather than risk corrupting the registry(and saving themselves debug time.) It's not uncommon to see file associations and other stuff for programs no longer on the machine.

    I think CCleaner is generally safer than trying to clean up the Registry by hand.
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    Greece
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    @MilesAhead: I use CCleaner regularly, including scanning for registry issues and these files have never shown up there. I've actually seen these entries on an autorun report both before and after a CCleaner registry scan so I know it isn't identifying them.

    I am trying to reduce the number of things that start automatically whether I will need them or not, but have stuck to 3rd party software that I don't often use (and checked that it does still start after I disabled the autorun entry), and some things that were left over from uninstalled software.

    And I'm not aware of anything not starting that I would want to start.

    To me there seems no point in having an enabled autorun entry associated with file not found (if it can't find it, it can't run it, right?). But as the files do seem to exist - in a different place - I wondered if they should be put where the system is expecting to find them or if it's okay that it finds them in the other location.

    I hope that makes sense
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    Be sure you are using the latest version of autoruns.
    Autoruns is a 32 bit application and there were (and may still be) issues when run on a 64 bit OS. The folder redirection used in 64 bit Windows makes these things somewhat complicated. A 32 bit program can end up looking in the wrong folder and not find what it is looking for.

    Edit: Do not move the files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Be sure you are using the latest version of autoruns.
    Autoruns is a 32 bit application and there were (and may still be) issues when run on a 64 bit OS. The folder redirection used in 64 bit Windows makes these things somewhat complicated. A 32 bit program can end up looking in the wrong folder and not find what it is looking for.

    Edit: Do not move the files.
    This is the same answer I gave in this post:
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    For safely removing startups I find WinPatrol useful. Even in the free version you can right click the Tray Icon and click Manage Startups. You can click any item in the list and remove the startup entry. I believe it has been fixed to handle 64 bit OS Registry even though it's a 32 bit program.
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    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thank you everyone for your advice and suggestions. I will take a look at WinPatrol and in the meantime definitely leave them alone!
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