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Targeted Uninstallers/Removal Tools for Anti-Virus and other software


ishan_rulz

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Although we can uninstall the existing anti-virus using Windows "Add/Remove Programs" (or Programs and Features) applet but its not a perfect solution as sometimes it doesn't remove the program completely which can interfere with the newly installed anti-virus program.

 

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My immediate thought is that's a damned good idea, as we're regularly searching for the correct tools for various difficult to remove applications.

 

We'll see what other comments are forthcoming, but that's not a bad idea at all on the face of it.

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Avast is a little more tricky since it leaves stuff in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\config"

 

Don't forget about all those registry entries that all of them will create that will be locked in various ControlSet areas of the registry that tools like Revo Uninstaller, Total Uninstall and ZSoft Uninstaller just can't deal with, they have to have the permissions manually changed to Administrator then manually deleted.

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Nice one, ishan_rulz. Saved the link in a notepad file named so that I have at least some chance of finding it when I need it. :P

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Avast is a little more tricky since it leaves stuff in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\config"

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Andavari, does the avast uninstaller do the job completely?

The CCleaner SLIM version is always released a bit after any new version; when it is it will be HERE :-)

Pssssst: ... It isn't really a cloud. Its a bunch of big, giant servers.

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I like the idea.

 

Good link ishan, as it leads to other links on that page such as the free rescue disc to boot your pc with and scan for nasties when it won't boot.

 

Here is a link to the biggest list I have ever seen of malware tools. It has a bunch of rescue disks on it and many other apps I had not even heard of. It's worth checking out. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pr...-list-world.htm

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Andavari, does the avast uninstaller do the job completely?

It's rather good at getting rid of everything except for the files in "C:\WINDOWS\system32\config" and the registry data in ControlSet areas (that's plural) of the registry. Other than that they have a stellar uninstaller.

 

Actually every antivirus, and firewall I've ever used places registry entries in the registry ControlSet entries, and not one of them removes them at uninstall time. That registry data doesn't hurt anything, however it's another reason why it's good to track the installation of them or anything for that matter so you know where stuff is, and can at least make sure the uninstall is complete which sometimes details a little manual cleaning.

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It might be a ggod time to remind folk that if you are having problems uninstalling a product such as an anti-virus or firewall, boot into safe mode and run the uninstaller from there. Quite often this may mean you won't have to resort to using a specialist removal tool for it.

 

Also reboot twice after uninstall as this makes sure any of its drivers are uninstalled too.

 

 

 

Microsoft One Care Live install clean up tool (due to be discontinued on 30th June 2009.)

 

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/o...2d-d261e3965943

 

Zone Alarm Security Suite (xp)

 

http://forum.zonelabs.org/zonelabs/board/m...essage.id=86638

 

Support contact

https://support.piriform.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

support@ccleaner.com

 

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After consulting with the other mods, it's been decided to pin this thread, for obvious reasons.

 

For now I'll pin it "as is", and give our young poster the credit he deserves for coming up with this, but I think because of it's valuable content, we'll have to clean this thread up shortly, and take out the unneccessary posts, and present it in a more concise way, and even maybe in a more appropriate part of the forum.

 

That means some of your posts, including mine, will be "cleaned". :lol: (Couldn't resist).

 

If anyone has any objections to that, please let us know.

 

Well done ishan. Great find.

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That means some of your posts, including mine, will be "cleaned". :lol: (Couldn't resist).

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Well done ishan. Great find.

 

Clean away, baby. :lol:

The CCleaner SLIM version is always released a bit after any new version; when it is it will be HERE :-)

Pssssst: ... It isn't really a cloud. Its a bunch of big, giant servers.

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Hi everyone. Just joined the forum. Also just recently downloaded ccleaner, defraggler, and recuv. In reading your post about the links for uninstallers I went to the first link. Uhm, I'm a little leery in downloading anymore free stuff since that's why I'm in the predicament I'm in now. I've got this dang virus stuff that keeps popping up and I cannot figure out how to get rid of it. Also downloaded a horrible free malwarebot that I cannot get rid of. Was told by a computer friend that is isn't legit. Dummy me. :angry:

I've been "print screen" and pasting to a blank word document, if anyone out there would like to give some free computer IT'ing to a newby I'd appreciate it. Also the desktop background is unchangeable. I cannot get my original desktop back. When I go to change it, the tab button is not highlighted. This is really urking me.

Please, can someone help? I hope the attachment works.

Cyndy

friggin_computer_trash.doc

friggin_computer_trash.doc

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Here is a link to the biggest list I have ever seen of malware tools. It has a bunch of rescue disks on it and many other apps I had not even heard of. It's worth checking out. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/pr...-list-world.htm

 

Thanks dude. ;) This is cool. Yea some registries do remain behind after un-installation but I was also wondering.......can't CCleaner remove these invalid registries? :( . There are usually so man junk data remaining even after you upgrade, format, bla,bla bla. I have also been wondering.......... where do some space in Hard drive disappear to after formatting your hard drive? if it was 160GB after formatting its 152GB. Is there a shredder out there that can completely erase the Hdisk clean and you get your 160 HD back? :P

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