The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

registry cleaner

A registry cleaner is a type of program designed for cleaning the Windows registry. The Windows registry can become fragmented and cluttered over time, which can lead to performance problems. There are a number of legitimate programs available to clean the registry. There are also many misleading applications designed to mimic registry cleaners. Registry Cleaner is also the name of a particular type of misleading application designed to trick users into buying the software to remove (nonexistent) errors reported by it. The Norton Power Eraser tool is available to help remove the Registry Cleaner misleading applications .