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DELETE REGISTRY "WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS\ZONEMAP\DOMAINS"

Posted on 2004-10-27
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My spyware software popped up and said I needed to delete about 20 entries from my registry; all of them in this location:
HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS\ZONEMAP\DOMAINS

After looking through the entries (there are thousands), what if I just deleted them all?  This just looks like some internet tracking locations.  I've randomly deleted (after backing up) about 30 of these locations with no ill effects.  Can someone tell me what this registry entry does?
Thanks!

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Question by:LEECHIPTURNER
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    by:SheharyaarSaahil
    Hello LEECHIPTURNER =)

    Its the registry location which stores the Trusted domains in the Loca Internet Zone !!
    Mostly this is created by some junks, like comincursor.com and blazefind.com etc etc
    that's may be the reason that ur spyware tool(i think its SPybot) is asking to delete the offending keys !! :)
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    by:LEECHIPTURNER
    So, really, I should just delete them all.  I use ZoneAlarm.  Any problems with deleting them all?
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    u mean its asking to delete the whole "HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS\ZONEMAP\DOMAINS" os it telling an offending folder inside the DOMAINS folder..... i have this key and it has only MSN added inside it.... what folders are u having in this DOMAINS folder ??

    I think the folders inside this key can be harmful, likethis one >> "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\blazefind.com\"

    so are u having any such folder key ??
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    by:kapes
    If u are not sure about deleting them, just take backup of that registry key... and delete them...

    So in future, if u see any problems you can revert back...

    Ideally no Internet Sites should be placed there, unless you are very very sure about the source...

    So, I would recommend, backup and delete...

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    by:LEECHIPTURNER
    You only have 1 domain!?!?  That's it, I'm killing them all!
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    by:SheharyaarSaahil
    Yes u can if u dont feel u need them or u put them there urself... :)
    But its always a good practise to make a backup of keys u delete just in case if u will later feel to UNDO !! =)
    Cheers ^_^
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    by:LEECHIPTURNER
    One last question:  I also have hundreds of entries in HKLM\SYSTEM\LASTKNOWNGOODRECOVERY\LASTGOOD

    My scanner says there is something evil in there, but I don't see anything.  What do you have in yours?
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    by:SheharyaarSaahil
    I have this folder and it has so many of those .inf and .pnf files in the right pane !!
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    by:TomErulz_MKD
    Use anti-spyware spyware programs to delete blazefind....
    Try SpySweeper, Ad-Aware, S&D SpyBot, NoAdware, XoftSpy...

    You dont need to delete nothing from the registry =)
    *Let the wizard do the job :P
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    by:toivoked
    Quite right, your HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\INTERNET SETTINGS\ZONEMAP\DOMAINS may mostly contain a list of the restricted sites, as set by spyware removers like SpyBot, plus a few trusted sites.  Check the trusted sites tab in Control Panel - Internet Options - Security - Trusted Sites first, and then the list under Restricted Sites.  In the registry the value for Trusted is 2 and Restricted is 4.  Of course, be careful because some spyware may include their own sponsored sites or IP addresses into the list of Trusted sites...
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