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Using the registry to uninstall stubborn programs


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#1 raygee

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 01:50 AM

I've tried System Restore and failed to find a date that would cure my problem of uninstalling
programs like HP and PCtools that simply refuse to be gone.
Unwanted programs like this are making my computer-life miserable. I don't know if I have
a virus (I doubt this), or some kind of malware that my Avast anti-virus can't find or stop.
I need to learn a "string" that will permanently uninstall or just obliterate these software nuicenses.
Also, my computer has begun to mis-cue in other strange ways.

I'm reading the tutorial on the Registry, but am timid going on my own into this untested ground.
Would appreciate some expert advice, please.

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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:12 AM

Malware & viruses are 2 entirely different things & a anti-virus program isn't going to detect or remove malware.
You need a program like Malwarebytes ,

http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti...4-10804572.html

Download, install, run, & remove all it finds.

As for the registry, I only suggest working in the registry if you are willing to do a system repair , or clean install, if you mess up.
If you delete the wrong registry entry by accident or otherwise you can cause Windows to quit working.
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