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Ad-Aware SE Personal Trapped

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#1 tylerboy1969


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Posted 02 August 2009 - 12:01 PM

Hello, and thank you for kindly reading my post.
Firstly, here's some info on my computer:

Gateway GT5408
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1; 32 bit
4G of memory
IntelCore2CPU; 4300 @ 1.8GHz

About a year ago, my Ad-Aware SE Personal stopped opening. I do not recall anything I may have done to cause this, as it always worked fine. Whenever I tried to use it, after a few moments of trying to open, a message would tell me that Ad-Aware will not open because it may already be in use.

So, I tried opening it as Administrator- still no success.

Then I tried to uninstall it, and it would not uninstall. I also tried installing the new version in the hope that it would successfully uninstall what I currently have and cleanly install the new version; however, it is always unsuccessful. I get these messages:

Fatal error during installation.

A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\Users\Israel\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\WISDED53B0BB67C4244AE6AD6FD3C281EF_7_1_0_10.MSI

So I went in and tried to find all of the Ad-Aware stuff I could to delete manually. I am a computer novice, and it appears I may have missed something, because it still will not uninstall/re-install properly. I tried Solway's Delete Doctor, with no success. As I was using DD, I went into Program Files and found all of the Lavasoft/Ad-Aware files, but DD wouldn't accept them for deletion.

I have decided to stop trying this myself and seek assistants from the experts, before I do anything that makes this worse. The bottom line is that I would like to clean out the old completely, then re-install the new version. I really like ad-Aware and miss having it.

Thank you so very much for your kind assistance.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 02 August 2009 - 12:36 PM

There are several alternatives you can use to uninstall Ad-Aware SE:

* Click "Uninstall Ad-Aware" in the Lavasoft folder of your Start menu.
* If you are unable to do that, open your control panel, click "Add/remove programs," and locate Ad-Aware SE.
* Another method to uninstall is to locate and double-click the file "unwise.exe" (the .exe may not be shown). You should be able to find this file in C:\program files\lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE [Personal/Plus/Professional]\.

If the above alternatives do not work, or you get a message saying, "Canít find Install.log," you will need to manually uninstall the software. To do this:

* Click on "My Computer" and locate your Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE folder (C:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware).
* Run the file "unregaaw.exe".
* Delete the entire Ad-Aware SE folder.
* Delete your Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE link in your Start menu (if present).
* Delete the Ad-Aware SE icon (s) from your desktop (if present).
* Navigate to "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name] \Application Data\Lavasoft" and delete the entire Lavasoft folder.
* Empty your trash bin.
* Reboot your computer.

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#3 tylerboy1969

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 01:38 PM

Thanks for your fast reply.

Ad-Aware dissappeared from my Start Menu several months ago when I uninstalled from the control panel, tough that was a false uninstall, because it never completely did.

I wnet to Computer>C Drive>Program files>Lavasoft (this file is packed with all manner of ad-Aware subfiles), but I have no idea where to find a "run" option for unregaaw.exe, and when I skipped that and tried to simply delete Lavasoft, it told me that I do not have permission.

Also, in C drive there is no Application Data, but there is ProgramData - same thing?

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 03:57 PM

Have you tried to delete it in safe mode?.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3, CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Processor, Memory: OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz,Graphics: PowerColor HD 5750 1GB GDDR5,
PSU: Corsair 430W CX PSU 4x SATA 1x PCI-E, Hard Drive:Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 05:31 PM


I did as you suggested, and in Safe Mode it allowed me to remove more, but not all. Then I restarted in normal mode, then simply, as an experiment, went to the Control Panel and did the regular uninstall...and lo and behold, after more than a year....it uninstalled!

I restarted, then successfully instaled the Ad-Aware SEE. Thanks very much!!

(I haven't been this thrilled in a long time, which means I really need to get a life.)

Thanks, again.

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