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#1 athegn

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 03:51 AM

Somehow I got PC-Mechanic on my Windows 7 Starter netbook, probably through an EaseUS installation.

Anyway I have followed this link:-

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/pc-mechanic-2015-removal/

and then this:-

MOD EDIT: LINK REMOVED

and I seemed to have removed everything, except that Under "Customize notification icons"  pd-mechanic.exe still shows although it does not seem to do anything. A number of reboots have not cleared this; note the icon does not show in the task bar.

A register search does not find "mechanic" but I guess there is key that I cannot find!

Any advice please?

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 09:09 AM

Somehow I got PC-Mechanic on my Windows 7 Starter netbook, probably through an EaseUS installation.

To learn more about PUPs and how you get them, please read: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
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Posted 19 July 2015 - 11:33 AM

quietman Thank you for your reply. I am aware of PUPs and malware and thought I had read all the actions of the installer; but still fell foul of a dev! I read the article but could see no mention of how to remove the notification from Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Notification Area Icons (Firefox search does not find "notification" on that page)

 

Still my problem now is having removed the exe I am left with the notification action that I cannot remove. Even if I click "Show icon and notification" the icon does not show; so the program has gone but left behind the notification??

 

It looks as if it is not doing anything but I would like it to be removed.

 

Any advice for that please?



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:22 PM

How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
How to Clean the Notification Area Icon Cache in Windows 7 & Windows 8
Remove Old Notification Icons In Windows 7

Some of these steps involve making changes in the Windows registry. Always Create a New Restore Point and back up your registry before making any changes.

ERUNT, RegBackup or Tweaking.com - Registry Backup are excellent free tools that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:44 AM

Hi there,

The second link that you posted mentioned the use of SpyHunter - it is a dubious antimalware and borderline scamware. If you have purchased it, I recommend that you request a refund and replace it with a trustworthy alternative.

Some searching got me this, however since it requires mucking with the registry you should create a backup (System Restore Point or third-party backup) before proceeding.

I think the link was to HitmanPro? Please tell me if I am incorrect?



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:48 AM

I just checked it... both links led to where I need them to be.

If you meant the link that was removed by a moderator, then I just looked it up in my history and it said "Spyhunter by Enigma Software." So no, there was nothing to do with HitmanPro.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 02:57 AM

If that is so then I apologise. I must have clicked on a wrong link. I try not to use dodgy software.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 03:02 AM

That's okay. I was commenting on a thread involving a HitmanPro product earlier in the day, so you might have seen that :)

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 02:46 PM

Events have overtaken this problem. Been on the Win 10 forum and now have reinstalled Win 7 on my netbook so PC-Mechanic problem has gone.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 04:19 PM

Sorry you had to go that route but at least the issue is gone.

Tips for...Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention of Malware Infection.
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