Spyware, Viruses, & Security

General discussion

Uninstalling program not listed in Add/Remove

by snooper2 / September 5, 2006 2:05 AM PDT

I posted the below in another forum and a member suggested I post it in this forum:

I let my MS Anti-Spyware program (first version) expire on July 31, 2006. No big deal I thought. So I went to install the new beta 2 version from Microsoft and got an error message to uninstall the old version first. Note that although the expired program was still in my C:Programs, the "uninstall.exe" would not work and if I tried to open the expired program, I'd an error message that it had expired. So I go to control panel\Add & Remove Programs, and MS Anti-Spyware is not listed, even though it is still in my programs folder! I cannot install the new program until I uninstall the old. What to do? My Windows XP Pro is a valid program, 2.2 GHz PC with 1 GB memory. The first MS ASW version worked great.

Halp!

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Uninstalling program not listed in Add/Remove
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Uninstalling program not listed in Add/Remove
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Removing MSAS
by Carol~ Forum moderator / September 5, 2006 3:14 AM PDT

Two different recommendations. Both from MVP's at MS Newsgroups:

Bill Sanderson at MS Newsgroups:
'I'd go here:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_microsoft_antispyware/?561

and download build 701 of Microsoft Antispyware. See whether that will install on your system. If you can successfully install, then go ahead and uninstall it--that should clean things up.
'

Engel at MS Newsgroups:

'Download and Install, Windows Installer 3.1 v2 (3.1.4000.2435) is available
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893803

D/L and install Ccleaner -
http://www.ccleaner.com
http://forum.ccleaner.com/index.php?showtopic=1504
Note, uncheck Yahoos toolbar during install.

Open Ccleaner and start the cleaning, press ''Windows'' ''Aplications'' and ''Run
Cleaner'' from the menu choose 'Issues' and then press scan for issues, Repair
any f

Collapse -
@snooper2
by shankru85 / September 5, 2006 5:05 AM PDT

I would suggest to avoid Microsoft Security applications , as they too often are buggy & inefficient .
There are many good AntiSpyware applications , even Freeware .

Collapse -
MSAS
by snooper2 / September 5, 2006 10:28 AM PDT
In reply to: @snooper2

Appreciate what you say, but I tried Webroot on both my home PCs and it was top-rated but eccentric -- even capricious, and -- since I also use Norton -- MSAS worked good for me. I only used one (the Norton) firewall. Other members have provided insights to getting rid of the expired (Beta 1) MSAS and I'll look into that as soon I as get my head above water.

But thanks.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Tech Tip

Tired of your tricky Wi-Fi password?

Stop trying to memorize a complicated sequence of numbers and letters. Learn how to change the default password.