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Uninstalling TOR


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#1 Anonix

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:35 PM

Hi All -- I wanted to uninstall TOR and followed the instructions online, about going to start/programs and clicking the "vidalia" uninstall button. That was supposed to uninstall a package containing TOR, and all its associated components (like Polipo, the TOR button for Firefox, etc.). So I did that, then out of curiosity went to start/search and looked for any files or folders with an TOR associated name. To my surprise, lots of files came up. Then I went to RevoUninstall, to see if it would even show me that TOR was still on my system, and it didn't.

I really don't know a lot about TOR, but have fiddled around with it out of curiosity. I think what I found were components of TOR from another install...a previous version. Anyway, after finding that I still had various TOR files on the system, and after seeing that my system was not recognizing another TOR 'package', I just manually deleted those files. Some tor-related prefetch files were in the mix, and I deleted those too.

Is there anything else I can do to ensure all those old TOR files are off my system? I am worried that I now have junk in the registry related to TOR. Would cleaning the registry help? I know many do not recommend this, but I have used CCleaner for that for years, without any problems.

I did read up on TOR's FAQ section about how to uninstall, and I did follow their instructions. Then I found lots of old (or at least I think they were) TOR files. Here's is what they say to do if you can't find an uninstall button (meaning you downloaded from a source ,not from one of their packages that includes everything):Tor FAQ

"If you installed by source, I'm afraid there is no easy uninstall method. But on the bright side, by default it only installs into /usr/local/ and it should be pretty easy to notice things there."

How do I get to /usr/local to see if there is anything left there?

Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions.

Windows XP, Service Pack III, most all software is kept up to date. I mostly use Firefox browser.

Edited by Anonix, 06 January 2012 - 06:40 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:41 PM

I would try reinstalling TOR then reboot then remove it and reboot again.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:22 PM

Usr/local is your Docs & Settings folder.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:27 PM

That's one way to go. It would then show up as an installed program on RevoUninstaller, and when Revo uninstalled it again, it would probably find all TOR-related registry items so I could remove them. Tx.

I would try reinstalling TOR then reboot then remove it and reboot again.


Edited by Anonix, 06 January 2012 - 10:28 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:29 PM

Ok...my file search would have scanned that. I will check it out just to be sure there's nothing TOR there. Tx.

Usr/local is your Docs & Settings folder.

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