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Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

Hello, I've noticed on my last few scans, the number of registry entries McAfee has been scanning has varied slightly.

Over the last five scans I had  14360, 14365, 14370, 14370, and 14297.

The last two scans were back-to-back running the same DAT, but I ran CCleaner between the two runs.

I am presuming this is a normal fluctuation, but I just wanted to ask to be sure.

Thanks,

Deven

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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

also, just to be clear, nothing was installed between scans other than virusscan and malwarebytes updates.

also, nothing was ever found during any of those scans.

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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

Can anyone give me some input, thanks.

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exbrit
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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

I can't be positive but I would imagine that's normal. CCleaner will alter the number of files scanned I would imagine as it deletes some.

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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

There have been back-to-back scans without CCleaner running.

I'll send an email to McAfee customer support later and see what they say. MVT says my installation is normal, so I don't think it is a problem, but I just want to be sure.

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exbrit
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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

Windows probably causes the number of files to fluctuate anyway.

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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

this is registry entries though, not files

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exbrit
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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

They change all the time too.

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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

I talked to one of their technical support employees named Silpa. They really were of no help. I am just going to assume this is benign.

Anyways thanks for the help Peter!

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exbrit
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Re: Slight fluctuation in number of registry items scanned, normal?

I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.  I can't even remember what the figures were from my last scan.

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