I repair computers and lately I saw a few computers, all running on Windows 7, with missing programs in "Programs and Features" :
The programs that are missing in "Programs and Features" could be viewed in the Uninstall function of CCleaner :
To clean the computers, and get rid of all the crapware installed, I used Combofix, AdwCleaner and did a full scan with Kaspersky.
When I saw that the missing programs didn't reappear, I did a "sfc /scannow", used Tweaking Windows Repair and did, in last resort, a Windows repair using a Windows 7 DVD and choosing "Upgrade" :
The programs didn't reappear even after all of this.
I know that programs can disappear in "Programs and Features" if the DisplayName value, in the registry, is more then 64 characters long :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UninstallThe thing is that the entries of the installed programs missing in "Programs and Features" are not in the above paths.
How can CCleaner see those programs ?
Do you have any ideas ?
Edited by m0t, 02 April 2014 - 05:47 PM.