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Uninstall Malware via Add/Remove Programs

Discussion in 'Malware Removal FAQ' started by chaslang, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. chaslang

    chaslang MajorGeeks Admin - Master Malware Expert Staff Member

    Quite often many problem programs can be uninstalled just by going to Control Panel and selecting Add/Remove Programs. Doing this before running cleaning procedures may help to give better more complete cleaning results and could even speed things up. Look for any of the below items in Add/Remove programs and if found select them and uninstall them. Some of these items (and they are flagged with ****)are on the Rogue Tool List.

    #1 Spyware Killer ****
    100 Percent Anti-Spyware ****
    1-2-3 Spyware Free ****
    1 Click Spy Clean ****
    1stAntiVirus ****
    180ClientStubInstall
    180 Search Assistant
    180Solutions
    1stAntiVirus ****
    888Bar
    Acoona Toolbar
    Active alert
    Ad Armor ****
    Ad Behavior
    Ad Destroyer ****
    AdDriller ****
    Ad-Eliminator ****
    AdProtector ****
    Ads Alert ****
    ADS Adware Remover ****
    Ad Service
    Ad-Purge Adware ****
    Adssite Advanced Toolbar
    AdTools
    AdTools Service
    AdwareFilter
    AdwarePunisher ****
    Adware Remover ****
    Adware Sheriff ****
    Alexa toolbar
    AlfaCleaner ****
    ALOT eMusic Toolbar
    AlwaysUpdatedNews
    AntiSpy Advanced ****
    AntiSpyPro
    AntiSpyZone ****
    AntiVermins ****
    AntiVirusAdvance ****
    Antivirus-Golden or Antivirus-Golden 3.4 - or any other version number
    AntivirusGold ****
    AntiVirusPCSuite ****
    Anti Virus Pro ****
    Anti Virus Pro 2009
    Anti Virus Pro 2010
    AntiVirus Protector ****
    Antivirus Solution ****
    AntivirusXP ( any version/year )
    Ask Toolbar
    AUN
    AutoUpdate
    AVSystemCare ****
    AzeSearch
    BargainBuddy
    BearShare
    BearShare Accelerator
    BearShare MediaBar
    BestGuardPlatinum ****
    BestOffers or BestOffers Shopping BHO or ActivShop or e-zshopper
    Bullseye Networks
    Brave Sentry
    BreakSpyware ****
    Browser Optimizer Dcads
    BrowserPal ****
    Browser Protection Volume
    CAS
    CasStub
    Casino Client
    CashBack
    CC2KUI or Comet Cursor Plus
    CleanX ****
    ClearSearch
    ClockSync (this is part of WhenU)
    CNSMin
    Command
    ContraVirus ****
    Copperhead AntiSpyware ****
    cosmi
    CurePCSolution ****
    Delfin or Delfin Media or DelFin Media Viewer
    Desktop Defender 2010
    Desktop Security 2010
    DIARemover ****
    DMVlite
    DownloadWare
    E2Give or e2Give
    EasySearchBar
    eGroup
    Elite Bar
    Elite Sidebar
    Elite Toolbar
    Elitum
    Enhancement Browser Tools Superiorads
    ExpertAntivirus ****
    Fixer AntiSpy ****
    Froggie Scan ****
    Frontier Browser Assistant
    Frontier Search Helper
    GAIN
    Gator
    Grokster or Grokster Wiseupdt
    Hotbar Browser
    Hotbar Outlook Tools
    Hotbar Web Tools
    HuntBar
    IEDefender
    IExplorer Security Plug-in
    IE Host
    iMesh
    Internet Explorer Security Plugin 2006
    Internet Explorer Secure Bar
    Internet Explorer Secure Plug-in
    Internet Optimizer
    Internet Security 2010
    Internet Security Add-On
    InternetShield ****
    ISTbar
    ISTSvc
    Kazaa

    Logitech Desktop Messenger <-- this is not malware but very few people need it or want it and it does annoying things to the registry
    MalwareAlarm ****
    Malware Defense
    MalwareScanner ****
    Malware Stopper ****
    MalwareWiped or MalwareWipe or MalwareWiper ****
    MaxiFiles
    Media Access
    Media Gateway or MediaGateway
    Media-Codec or MediaCodec or MMediaCodec
    MediaLoads Installer
    MediaPipe P2P Loader
    MediaTickets
    MediaTickets by OIN
    Messenger Plus (see the notes at the bottom)
    Messenger Plus Live! (see the notes at the bottom)
    Messenger Plus! Live & Sponsor (CiD)
    Messenger Service
    Middadle
    Morpheus 5.3 (remove only)
    Morpheus (any version)
    Morpheus Toolbar
    Mr.AntiSpy ****
    My Global Search Bar
    MySidesearch Search Assistant
    MySPyProtector ****
    MyWay or MyWayBar or MyWaySpeed or MyWaySearchBar or My Web Search Bar
    MyWebSearch or MyWebSearch Email Plugin
    My Web Search (Outlook, Outlook Express, and IncrediMail)
    MyWay Search Assistant or My Way Search Assistant
    NavExcel Search Toolbar
    NavHelper
    NaviSearch
    ncase
    Need2Find
    Need2Find Bar
    NeoSpace ****
    Network Monitor
    NewDotNet
    Notification Utility
    Oemji Toolbar
    Oin
    OnWebMedia
    Open Site
    Outerinfo
    OuterInfoAdSponsor
    P2P Networking
    p2pnetworks
    Paltalk
    PCODEC 6.0
    PerfectCleaner ****
    PestCapture ****
    PestTrap ****
    PestWiper ****
    Preview AdService
    Privacy Champion
    Privacy Crusader ****
    PrivacyScanner
    PSGuard
    Quick
    QuickSearch
    QuickSearch Toolbar
    RazeSpyware ****
    rdso
    Red Swoosh EDN Client (remove only)
    RelevantKnowledge
    RemoveIT Pro <---- Any version! Not malware but always has too many ridiculous false detections. The program is not properly tested and does not even know valid System files from malware.
    Safety Alert 2006
    Safety Bar
    SaveNow
    Scan & Repair Utilities 2006 ****
    screensaver_rp Screen Saver
    Screensavers Installer Version 2
    Search and Destroy <----This is a rogue. Do not confuse this with Spybot Search & Destroy which is valid!!!
    SearchAssist
    Search Assistant Adssite
    Search Assistant - My Web SearchBar
    Search Assistant - My Way
    SearchExe
    Search Maid
    Search Relevancy
    Search Settings ( any version )
    Search Toolbar (HuntBar/WinTools)
    Security IGuard
    Security Messenger
    SeekmoToolbar
    SelectRebates
    ShopperReports by Hotbar
    ShopperLink 1.0.4
    ShopperLink 1.0.5 ( or any other versions )
    Sidefind
    SideSearch
    SideStep
    Slotchbar
    SmileyDistrict Optimizer
    SmileyDistrict
    Soap or Soap Pro
    Software Update Manager
    SpamBlockerUtility Browser
    SpamBlockerUtility Email Toolbar
    Spy Analyst ****
    Spy Defence ****
    SpyAdvanced ****
    SpyAway ****
    SpyAxe ****
    SpyBan ****
    SpyBuster ****
    SpyCleaner ****
    SpyContra ****
    SpyCut ****
    SpyCrush ****
    SpyDawn ****
    SpyDeface ****
    SpyFalcon ****
    SpyLocked ****
    SpyMarshal ****
    Spy Officer****
    SpyOnThis ****
    Spy Reaper ****
    SpyShield ****
    Spy-Shield ****
    SpySoldier ****
    SpyiBlock ****
    SpyiKiller ****
    SpySheriff ****
    SpyShield ****
    Spy-Shield ****
    SpySpotter ****
    SpyVampire ****
    Spyware & Adware Removal ****
    SpywareBot ****
    Spyware Disinfector ****
    Spyware IT ****
    Spyware Knight ****
    Spyware Quake ****
    Spyware Remover ****
    SpyWare Secure ****
    Spyware Scrapper ****
    Spyware Sheriff ****
    Spyware Sledgehammer ****
    SpywareStop
    Spyware-Stop ****
    SpywareStrike ****
    Spyware Striker
    SpywareXP ****
    SSK
    StartGuard ****
    StarWare
    StopGuard ****
    SurfAccuracy
    SurfSideKick or SSK or SurfSideKick 3 (uninstall any version you find)
    Super Codec 6.0
    Sysnet
    System Alert Popup
    System Soap Pro
    Upspiral Toolbar
    The Spyware Shield ****
    TargetSaver
    Think-Adz Search Assistant removal
    ToolBar
    Top Search
    TopSpyware
    TurboDownload
    TV Media
    UnSpyPC ****
    Utility Notification
    Ultimate Defender ****
    Ultimate-Spyware Adware Remover ****
    VBouncer ****
    VCClient
    vidctrl
    Video ActiveX Solution (of any version number)
    Viewpoint <------- See additional info about all this Viewpoint stuff here: Viewpoint and Viewpoint to Plunge Into Adware
    Viewpoint Manager (Remove Only)
    Viewpoint Media Player
    Viewpoint Toolbar or Viewpoint Toolbar (Remove Only)
    Virtual Bouncer or Vbouncer
    Virtual Maid
    VirusBursters ****
    VirusBurst ****
    VirusGuard ****
    VisFx
    VSAdd-in
    VSAdd-in for Internet Explorer
    VSToolbar
    VSToolbar for Internet Explorer
    WareOut
    WareOut Spyware Remover ****
    Warez P2P Client
    WeatherBug (this is really optional since it is only a minor adware nuisance)
    Weather Check
    Weather and Wowpapers Tools
    Weather Services
    Web Nexus Network
    Web Offer
    Web Rebates
    Web Savings from Ebates
    Web Search Toolbar (WinTools) or WebSearch Toolbar
    WebHancer
    WebHance Customer Companion
    WeirdOnTheWeb
    WhenU (any entry)
    WeirdOnTheWeb
    WildTangent
    Win-dh
    Window Active
    WinAntiSpy 2005 ****
    WinAntiSpyware 2005 ****
    WinAntiVirus 2005 ****
    WinAntiSpyware 2006 ****
    WinAntiVirus 2006 ****
    WinFixer ****
    WinFixer 1.1.62.4 <---(or any other version too)
    Winhound Spyware Remover ****
    winupdates
    Windows AdService
    Windows AdStatus
    Windows Safety Alert
    Windows ServeAd
    Windows SR 2.0
    Winhound
    Win Police Pro 2009
    Win Police Pro 2010
    WinTools
    WinTools Easy Installer
    WSEM Update
    Yazzle Sudoku by OIN
    X-Con Spyware Destroyer ****
    XP Antivirus Protection (any version/year)


    NOTES:
    1. We highly recommend uninstalling any version of Messenger Plus. It can be a major reason for having malware on your PC. It can even install a LOP infection. They all come in the 3rd party tools that can easily be installed by mistake. Software like this should not be trusted. And now the Messenger Plus Live! program is a source of Virtumonde infections due to bundling in WinAntiVirus . For additional info, see: http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/msgplus/
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
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