Windows 10: Strange symbols found in Registry Editor

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  1.    14 Dec 2017 #11

    Bree said: View Post
    Chkdsk takes as long as it needs. With /R you are re-checking bad blocks. If there are a significant number and it's a 1TB drive it can be as long as 24 hours. I speak from experience, having dropped a 'live' 1TB external HDD - the loud 'ting' as the heads hit the platter meant I had created some bad blocks of my own
    Mine's only a 400GB HDD anyway (though I have an external HDD if it checks that as well). I'll just have to leave it on [from the morning] all day (too noisy at night in my bedroom for me to sleep with it on)
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  2.    14 Dec 2017 #12

    When troubleshooting problems, not just with computers, and there are multiple symptoms you need to decide which one is most significant. Unfortunately this isn't always easy. The most obvious symptom may not be the most important. While the Regedit issue is interesting I don't think that is the one that should be investigated at this time.

    Signs at this time raise the possibility of disk corruption, possibly due to a physical problem. This is one of the most significant problems you can have in a computer because it can cause a wide variety of symptoms and has such serious implications. They must always be taken seriously and investigated.

    As chkdsk has already been running for some time it would seem best to let it run to completion or it appears clear that it isn't going to. Only if this shows no problems should other possibilities be considered. And if the drive is bad and needs to be replaced everything else would be academic. You would need to restore the OS from a previously created backup or reinstall the OS.
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  3.    14 Dec 2017 #13

    If you typed chkdsk /R from the C:\> prompt, then it will only check the C: Drive. The foreign characters are from Drive Corruption
    If Check Disk takes a long time and is stuck on on area (ie) 16%, that is a great indication that there are bad sectors or blocks in this area. Check Disk is trying to move the data in this area to an area near by with good sectors and mark the other sectors as Bad so Windows won't store data on them again. If you have Too many bad sectors, Check Disk will fail. If Check Disk takes overnight or longer, then it is a good indication that this drive is on the road to failing. Backup any data you want to keep to another drive and replace this drive ASAP.
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  4.    14 Dec 2017 #14

    May I ask how old the router is, what version WiFi it provides and the password protocol it usession such as WSP2.
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  5.    15 Dec 2017 #15

    Thanks a lot everyone for your advice, I appreciate it :) I'll leave my computer on for as long as possible when I've got the chance.

    swarfega said: View Post
    May I ask how old the router is, what version WiFi it provides and the password protocol it usession such as WSP2.
    It's been a while since it's been changed, and I'm honstly not sure how old it is (it was my brother that did it for me). How do I find out what version Wifi (and protocal) it provides? What part of it is the said areas?
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  6.    15 Dec 2017 #16

    As chkdsk has already been running for some time it would seem best to let it run to completion or it appears clear that it isn't going to
    This is not a Router problem. The longer Check Disk runs, the more Bad Sectors you have. Once it completes, If it does, backup your files from the drive to another drive. The drive may be usable for a short time, but you should replace it as soon as possible. If Check Disk Fails, the HDD has failed and needs to be replaced.
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  7.    15 Dec 2017 #17

    WiFi at the end of the road

    Don't be shy, delete them. See if they cone back? If they do, let me know.

    Before, would like to see the content of the second one..

    .Unfortunately, WiFi us an easy gate for intruder(s).
    Last edited by MikeMecanic; 17 Dec 2017 at 16:32.
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       15 Dec 2017 #18

    Agree with Mike. Backup your registry then delete the entries. They don't belong there.
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