Anytime you come across Chinese characters in Windows Registry, high chances are that you have unwanted applications and you will have to uninstall them. Other recommended solutions include scanning for malware, clearing the Registry, and installing Windows updates. To solve this Registry issue like a pro, you will have to keenly read the solutions explained in this article.
What Is Going On
All in all, the Registry contains data on almost everything on Windows including the applications. That means if you install an app coded by a Chinese organization, there is a good chance you will see Chinese characters as you read the Registry. In most of the cases, if a certain app is responsible for Chinese characters in Windows Registry, it takes little to get rid of them.
In layman’s terms, malware may take advantage of vulnerabilities to enter your PC and wreak havoc. Usually, you could detect the presence of malware by keeping an eye out for anomalies on your PC. You spot Chinese characters in Windows Registry even though you don’t use apps from Chinese developers? Then you must take malware into account.
Approaches To The Situation
If you use applications of Chinese origin, you might have to uninstall them if you do not like seeing Chinese characters in Windows Registry.
- Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
- Step 2: Type Control then hit Enter to open Control Panel.
- Step 3: Pick Programs and features then scan through all the programs installed on your device. If you find any program that may be of Chinese origin, right-click it and pick Uninstall/Change.
- Step 4: Hit Yes if you see the User Account Control prompt then follow the onscreen instructions.
- Step 5: Restart your device after the uninstallation finishes.
Scan For Malware
You suspect malware to be responsible for the appearance of Chinese characters in the Registry? Then you may want to use Windows Defender to scan for malware.
- Step 1: Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Step 2: Select Update & security then go to Windows Security.
- Step 3: Choose Virus & threat protection and pick Scan options.
- Step 4: Click Microsoft Defender Offline Scan then hit Scan now.
- Step 5: Once the scan concludes, restart your device and determine whether the issue persists.
Clear The Registry
It is ill-advised to tweak components in the Registry for trivial reasons. However, you can remove Chinese characters in Windows Registry if there are only a few of them. Nonetheless, it won’t hurt to create a backup of the files in the Registry beforehand in case things go wrong.
- Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run
- Step 2: Type Regedit then hit enter to open the Registry Editor.
- Step 3: Click File, select Expot and save the backup in a safe location.
- Step 4: When the backup is ready, right-click the Chinese components while selecting Delete.
- Step 5: Restart your computer.
Note: If there are any performance issues, you should consider restoring the Registry using the backup.
- Step 1: Launch Registry Editor, click File and hit Import.
- Step 2: Select the directory you saved the backup then choose the backup folder.
- Step 3: Click Open and wait as the restoration is being completed.
- Step 4: Restart your computer.
If all of the above solutions failed to solve your issue, you can reinstall Windows. By doing so, you could get rid of all the programs and files including those that create Chinese characters.
- Step 1: Launch your web browser, visit the Microsoft website and go to the Downloads page.
- Step 2: Hit the Download Tool Now button below Create Windows 10 installation media.
- Step 3: Follow the prompts to complete the download and double-click the file and launch it.
- Step 4: Read the terms and conditions, check the box next to I accept the terms then click Accept.
- Step 5: Select Upgrade this PC now and choose Next.
- Step 6: The moment the process wraps up, confirm whether you would love to keep your files and programs or not then hit Install.
- Step 7: Pick the account you want to sign in with then accept the privacy terms.
- Step 8: Sign in to your account and the Windows Registry should be as clean as new.
- Do not make changes to the Registry when everything is running well.
- Only grant permission to edit the Registry to responsible users.
- Once you have uninstalled a program, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then SOFTWARE to delete files and folders related to the uninstalled applications.
- Regularly scan your device using Windows Defender to remove malware.
Why Can’t I Edit My Registry?
Registry forms a crucial part of Windows so to minimize damages caused by mistakes or sabotage, Windows users need special permissions to edit Registry components. Without permissions from the administrator, there is no way you can apply changes to the Registry.
- Step 1: Press the Windows key + S to open Search then type Regedit.
- Step 2: Right-click Registry Editor then click Run as administrator.
- Step 3: Right-click on the folder you want to edit and then select Permissions.
- Step 4: On the next window, pick Advanced to open Advanced Security Settings then hit the Change link.
- Step 5: Type the username you want to give permissions to in the “Enter the object name to select” box then click Check names.
- Step 6: Hit OK to close Select User or Group then repeat to close Advanced Security Settings.
- Step 7: From the Group or user names list, select Users then check the box below Allow for Full Control.
Is It Possible To Repair A Corrupted Windows 10 Registry?
Yes, there are several ways to repair a corrupted Registry on Windows 10 computers. The most common one is running either System File Checker or Deployment Image Servicing and Management tools. If the two tools fail to fix the issue, you will have to perform a clean installation of Windows.
Can Malware Self-Replicate?
Malware is a term used to refer to all types of malicious software, without considering how it works or how it’s distributed. A worm can self-replicate and spread from one device to another. A virus cannot self-replicate and for it to travel from one computer to the other, it needs to be sent.
Hoang Tu is a seasoned Microsoft Windows expert with a strong IT background. Studying at Hanoi Bach Khoa University, he gained valuable experience at Hanoi Computer and FPT Soft before joining Milagro Mobile Marketing. Specializing in providing tips and tutorials on Windows for global users, Hoang Tu’s expertise covers various Windows versions. With a talent for clear communication, he offers practical solutions and advice to users of all skill levels. His dedication to empowering individuals in their Windows experience has earned him recognition in the tech community, making him a trusted resource for optimizing system performance and resolving technical issues.