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What's the best way to remove/uninstall a suspect program?

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Anonymous
August 27, 2004 7:52:26 PM

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If you install a freeware/shareware program and later have reason to
believe it might be hosting a virus or trojan or other malicious code,
what is the safest and most effective way to remove the program?

(You could theoretically run the program's own "uninstaller"; but if
the program itself is suspect, then it's conceivable that the
"Uninstaller" might also unleash malicious code).
Anonymous
August 28, 2004 4:00:41 AM

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"nospam256K" <nospam256k@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:24a23015.0408271452.33f8069c@posting.google.com...
> If you install a freeware/shareware program and later have reason to
> believe it might be hosting a virus or trojan or other malicious code,
> what is the safest and most effective way to remove the program?
>
> (You could theoretically run the program's own "uninstaller"; but if
> the program itself is suspect, then it's conceivable that the
> "Uninstaller" might also unleash malicious code).

1. Run antivirus program
2. Run Anti-spyware/anti-trojan program
3. Manually delete programs folder (if the above finds something), or allow
the antivirus/trojan/spyware program remove it for you. Then run a program
such as RegCleaner, to ensure anything concerning it in the registry, is
promptly removed.

--

Regards

Steven Burn
Ur I.T. Mate Group
www.it-mate.co.uk

Keeping it FREE!
Anonymous
August 28, 2004 11:45:20 AM

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Steven Burn wrote:

> "nospam256K" <nospam256k@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:24a23015.0408271452.33f8069c@posting.google.com...
> > If you install a freeware/shareware program and later have reason to
> > believe it might be hosting a virus or trojan or other malicious
> > code, what is the safest and most effective way to remove the
> > program?
> >
> > (You could theoretically run the program's own "uninstaller"; but if
> > the program itself is suspect, then it's conceivable that the
> > "Uninstaller" might also unleash malicious code).
>
> 1. Run antivirus program
> 2. Run Anti-spyware/anti-trojan program
> 3. Manually delete programs folder (if the above finds something), or
> allow the antivirus/trojan/spyware program remove it for you. Then
> run a program such as RegCleaner, to ensure anything concerning it in
> the registry, is promptly removed.
>
> --
>
> Regards
>
> Steven Burn
> Ur I.T. Mate Group
> www.it-mate.co.uk
>
> Keeping it FREE!

In addition to what Steve Burn wrote:

A. *Always* install through an installation monitor such as Total
Uninstall (http://www.geocities.com/ggmartau/)
B. Uninstall the program through the uninstall option of the
installation monitor.

(this also helps when the uninstall of the program is either not
functioning or will leave orphan files behind)

HtH
Dick
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