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Completely removing all traces of a program?


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#1 Zer0_II

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:53 PM

I'm wondering how to completely remove all traces of a programs existence on my hard drive. I had a program which was shareware. I uninstalled an older version of the program, and installed a newer version. Now when I run the newer version it recognizes the fact that I had used the program before so it gave me an error that my trial period was over. How would I go about removing al l traces of the programs existence, so that when I try to install it, it will think that it is the first time being installed on my system? I tried running RegSeeker to clean out the registry, CCleaner, and TuneUp Utilities to get rid of all files that aren't necessary anymore, but that hasn't helped. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 12 January 2005 - 10:36 PM

Spybot Search and Destroy has a shredder function, which overwrites selected files. Another good utility is Eraser by a student in Finland named Tolvanen. Both applications are free.
Hope either of these will get rid of those pesky files.
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 06:45 AM

I have applications to securely delete files. However my problem lies in the fact that I don't know where all the program has left behind files. I know when a program installs itself that it adds registry keys. I tried cleaning out my registry after uninstalling the program, but that didn't help. The application is still detecting old traces of the previous program I had installed, which is what I need to get rid of. I just don't know the location of all the files that I need to delete.

EDIT: I was able to fix my problem..

Edited by Zer0_II, 13 January 2005 - 10:45 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:15 AM

How were you able to fix your problem?

The solution, you used, could help out someone else with the same problem.
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#5 Zer0_II

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 02:07 PM

Nevermind. I'm still having the same problem. I'm trying to use TrojanHunter, but whenever I install it and run it it says that the trial period is over. I don't even recall ever using it before. I've tried a variety of different programs and registry tools such as RegSeeker, CCleaner, Registry Trash Keys, TuneUp Utilities, Total Uninstaller, and Ashampoo Uninstaller, but I haven't been able to fix my problem. Perhaps I am doing something wrong. Could someone give me some advice?

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 10:05 PM

This issue is difficult ...hands off

But You can do a few things
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Delete the files in the Windows Temp Folder (this is different from Internet Temp Files)
Start>Run.. type in %temp%>Enter>Edit>Select all>File then delete

This is best done in safe mode
Some files may not delete that is no prob...it is probably just because they are in use
It may take awhile depending on if you have ever cleaned these files before
There maybe several hundred
It is safe to delete these file but never delete the Temp folder...just the files in it
The worst that can happen is your computer will run better because it is cleaner
It will find the temp folder for your app if it is there
#2 Look in the Msconfig Start up section & uncheck suspects if any
#3 Delete any Start up items in the Start up Folder
(You stated that you were in the Registry be careful there & always back the Registry up first)
Give us an update soon & good luck

Edited by psb, 05 March 2005 - 10:12 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2005 - 10:08 PM

If you do find a file that will not delete from your dreaded program
Try this tool
Pocket KillBox
File Description:

Pocket KillBox is a program that can be used to get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them.

Usage Information:

Download this file, extract it, and run the killbox.exe file. When it loads type the full path to the file you would like to delete in the field and press the Delete File button (looks like a red circle with a white X). It will prompt you to reboot, allow it to do so, and hopefully your file will now be deleted.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 11:35 AM

I delete all of my temp files on a regular basis, so I know that isn't the problem. Does anyone else know of a solution to this problem?

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 11:45 AM

I'm not anyone else
but
There is a purpose for what is happening...
if you are now paying...email the "shareware" support :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 12:27 PM

I don't think you can remove everything for 100%. I have "Your Uninstaller 2004"
And till now he did uninstall most of cr*ap left over by different programs I was testing, but not everything.
What you could try is a nice little (free) program called RegCleaner 4.3 by Jouni Vuorio. I have it for few years already and I must admit it works better than some expensive competitors. You can download RegCleaner here
Hope that will help you. :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 March 2005 - 01:52 PM

I'm not paying for the program. I don't even recall installing it, so I must have done it a long time ago. I'm just trying to get rid of the old traces of the program so that I can run a trial version. Thanks for your advice Notorious. I will try what you said and post back here if it doesn't work.

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 02:28 PM

I'm not paying for the program. I don't even recall installing it, so I must have done it a long time ago. I'm just trying to get rid of the old traces of the program so that I can run a trial version. Thanks for your advice

Zer0_II wrote
I uninstalled an older version of the program, and installed a newer version. Now when I run the newer version it recognizes the fact that I had used the program before so it gave me an error that my trial period was over. How would I go about removing al l traces of the programs existence, so that when I try to install it, it will think that it is the first time being installed on my system?

Oh? the quoted part confused me.. I really did not care ..it was not my business
Just noting what a trial is about...but you knew that too
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Posted a great program...There is a section for removing items from previous installs
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Just taking my time to try & help you
Sorry I did not...Good luck

Edited by psb, 06 March 2005 - 02:33 PM.


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Posted 06 March 2005 - 02:39 PM

It's okay psb. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to try and help me. I tried using Regcleaner. It was only able to find 4 registry entries. I deleted one of them. The other 3 were either unsafe to delete or the program couldn't identify them. I didn't see any sign that they were created by TrojanHunter though.

Edited by Zer0_II, 06 March 2005 - 02:49 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2005 - 12:25 AM

For problems with TrojanHunter, you should post on their support forum board:
http://forum.misec.net/

The program's developer, Magnus, is the most responsive of any I've run across and there are some others there that are very helpful. If you had never installed TrojanHunter before there may just be a problem with your download. However, if you have tried to redownload and reinstall, you may be out of luck for the trial version. If I remember correctly they won't let you know how to defeat the disabling of it cause they have no way of knowing if you are trying to crack it or not. So you may be out of luck anyway without paying for it.

It's a good program tho. I use it.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 08:40 AM

Just a suggestion. Have you ever checked out a-squared (aČ) Free? I can not comment on whether or not it is as good a program as TrojanHunter. But it is a great program none the less.


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Edited by scarlett, 07 March 2005 - 08:43 AM.

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