"a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"
So, the registry is finally unveiled to be the ultimate tool in the virus writer's arsenal.
Well done, Microsoft. You alone, of all the OS vendors, have thrust this abomination of an excuse on its end users in replacement of the trusty .ini file, and now we get to see it's ultimate defilement.
Maybe we can hope to get back to text file configuration now ? I mean, apart from DRM, copyright enforcement and embedding our OS configuration with endless amounts of hidden keys that can be used for God only knows what, there's nothing the registry does that an .ini file could not do, right ?
So, can we finally declare the registry to be a security liability and get rid of it ?
Nah, won't ever happen.
Good luck with those AV tools !