Basically, malware is a kind of computer program and therefore has similar needs to other software. This includes the need to store data somewhere that may be necessary for its operation. Likewise, malware faces the challenge of being able to reactivate after restarting the computer. One component of the Windows operating system is the Registry. The Windows Registry is a form of database in which programs can save and read a variety of data. This capability is commonly used by the operating system itself, as well as most applications.
Since access to this database does not require any special authentication and there are hardly any rules to save the data, it is easy for malware to infiltrate this Registry. Malware can not only use the Windows Registry to store its own data, but also to read and manipulate existing ones. For example, the specified start page of a web browser is in the form of a Registry key. If this key is manipulated by malware, the start page can be easily changed. This option is used by, for example, various Internet toolbars and some forms of ransomware. Another area that malware likes to use is the various startup areas that exist in the Registry. In these, entries can be made to start certain things automatically the next time the computer starts up. A perfect way for malware to activate after a reboot.
Monitoring the Windows Registry for such manipulations and malicious entries is therefore a good idea. However, since the Registry is huge and there are more Registry than file accesses, it’s easier said than done. The most common method of security vendors is to perform an on-demand scan. The respective vendor determines which areas of the Registry should be examined. In most cases, these are limited to the autostart areas. The United Endpoint Protector offers this option. In the form of on-demand scan tasks, several independent vendors can be used. This not only allows their detection rates, but also the specified areas, to combine.
The United Endpoint Protector goes one step further with Registry Security. Instead of just performing scheduled scans that can detect bad changes later, Registry Security works in real time. It not only checks individual areas, but monitors Registry access. To prevent any performance problems, you can specify the type of access to be monitored and any desired exceptions. The real-time protection monitors access attempts even before they happen and can prevent malicious manipulation in advance.
The Windows Registry is a dangerous place that, without proper monitoring, can become a playground for malware. The United Endpoint Protector can protect you in two ways: Through scheduled scans, with the knowledge of independent vendors, as well as in real time to prevent damage even before it arises.