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#1 yudell426

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:24 AM

i have removed the avast anti-virus program using the avast uninstaller tool, but a left over avast error message saying the "program can't continue with setup" keeps popping up. I used to get this error message every 30 minutes, now i get it every 10 minutes. How do i get rid of this  annoying final piece of the program?


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:42 AM

Did you uninstall Avast before using the uninstaller tool?

 

Are you familiar with editing the registry? 


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 02:56 PM

If avast! did not fully uninstall, after using the avast! Uninstall Utility (avastclear.exe) in Safe Mode, then download and run RejZor's avast Uninstall tool (avast-cleanup-tool) in Normal Mode.
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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:19 AM

Thanks guys for responding. I would like to respond to both of you.

 

First, to dc3;  Yes i did uninstall avast before using the uninstall tool. When avast did not completely uninstall, i thought the uninstall tool would act as a clean up tool and remove any left over files or data links. One thing i did do after the uninstall was to  re-install the program and delete it again using revo uninstaller. No luck there either. Secondly, i am familiar with registry editing to a moderate degree. I removed all avast headings i could find under 'software' folders, and i am now going thru the class id files (this is no fun) looking for any avast links. 

 

And now for quietman7;  Thank you for responding as well.  Man that program looks scary. Just looking at the webpage made me go on red alert! (lol) Have you used that program? any issues after its use?



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:31 AM

I personally have not used RejZor's avast Uninstall tool but have recommended it often to those who needed to perform a clean install/reinstall of avast. No one ever reported any issues after using it.
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Posted 06 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

Type regedit in the Search programs and files box and press Enter.

 

When the registry opens click on Edit, then click on find.

 

In the search box type in avast, then click on Find next.

 

If there are any registry remnants this will display them.


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Posted 06 September 2014 - 09:03 AM

RejZor's avast Uninstall tool should clean the remaining registry entries and files still left behind without having to resort to regedit.
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 03:12 AM

If you don't have any experience with regedit, you can use CCleaner. Thus you will reduce the chance of breaking something inside your Windows registry.



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Posted 08 September 2014 - 04:35 AM

While CCleaner is safe and useful for removing these temporary and junk files, I do not recommend using the built-in registry cleaning feature unless you have a good understanding of the registry. In fact, Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.

Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 06:34 AM

You must download & install aswclea software that help to remove avast antivirus. Then, it was capable to install avast 7.

Unfortunately, at the end of the installation process, the installer hung the machine. After rebooting, again, everything appears to be okay

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:27 AM

aswclear was updated some time ago and remaned to avastclear.exe. Further, the OP in this topic has already tried using it.
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Posted 09 September 2014 - 11:42 AM

You guys are great! kudos to all who have responded. I have found an answer! I recently left a gaming site and wanted to run 'Superantispyware' before shutting down my computer for the night. After updating the d/b definitions i noticed a program feature i previously hadn't noticed. It's called "System Tools". I ran that feature of the program and it presented all running programs on my machine that loaded during startup. Lo and behold, a boat load of avast left-over files and their locations popped up. I found that annoying data link that was constantly popping up the error message. I deleted it , and haven't had a problem since. It not only pulled up the avast entries, but also a few dozen 3rd party entries masquerading as legitimate drivers and data links under the names of known and reputable companies. . The problem was indeed traced to the registry, but also, several were hidden in the system files. 

 

Thank you all for your help.



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 12:09 PM

Actually System Tools has been incorporated in various SuperAntispyware versions for a long time. They just keep changing it's location and how to access it.

Anyway, we are glad to hear you resolved the problem and you're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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