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					What Is A File With A .lnk Extension

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Summary:
LNK files are shortcut files that link to an exe file somewhere on the
system. These can build up in the central database called the registry
and slow the system down drastically if they are not cleaned from time to
time. Registry cleaners, such as Windows XP registry cleaner, Free
registry cleaner or a Eusing registry cleaner can do the job.

A shortcut file is also known as a link file because it is linked to the
program it is expected to startup. A .LNK file is usually l...


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registry cleaner, free registry cleaner, PC performance, registry


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LNK files are shortcut files that link to an exe file somewhere on the
system. These can build up in the central database called the registry
and slow the system down drastically if they are not cleaned from time to
time. Registry cleaners, such as Windows XP registry cleaner, Free
registry cleaner or a Eusing registry cleaner can do the job.

A shortcut file is also known as a link file because it is linked to the
program it is expected to startup. A .LNK file is usually linked to a
.exe or executable file or program. It is actually a pointer to an .EXE
file that may be anywhere on your system. When you click on the shortcut
it's like clicking on the .EXE file and the associated program starts to
run. Many a time a LNK file will stop working for no reason at all. This
is because of some malicious software known as viruses that download
themselves and disrupt the underlying .EXE application. They do this by
disrupting the association with the program and the link file. Many times
the change is unintentional because a downloaded program makes changes to
the registry to facilitate their programs thus corrupting the registry.
These changes can be undone by registry cleaners that are available for
free download from the Internet.

It is possible to undo or repair the damage to a LNK file by going into
the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.lnk section of the registry because this is where
all the LNK files and associated information is stored for the computer
to use. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. You may do more damage
to the system than good if you do not know exactly what you are doing in
the registry. There fore, it is better if you search through the Internet
and locate a registry cleaner, such as Windows XP registry cleaner, Free
registry cleaner or a Eusing registry cleaner then down load the windows
registry cleaner you feel is best for your system and run it to scan the
registry and then clean the registry of all the redundant files or broken
links.
By using a registry cleaner on a regular basis you will find that your
system will be making less error while operating. Most of the LNK or EXE
errors will have been done away with as well. The system will also run
more efficiently and faster than before the registry cleaner was run on
the system. The registry is the central database of the system and stores
all the information the system needs to run efficiently. Any changes in
the system are reflected in the registry in the appropriate section. The
registry grows in size as the system is used. Thus when a program
requests some information it has to be located in the registry and the
registry searches through the entire filing system to locate the
information. This is how the registry slows down a system drastically as
it grows.

The registry will keep all information entered into it. So the redundant
information has to be cleaned or erased from time to time. This is
accomplished with the help of registry cleaner software. Registry cleaner
software is a great tool to speed up the system and make it more stable.

				
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