Same dang thing happened to me on my Windows 8 tablet. downloaded Malwarebytes with installer
and ended up with Webcakes and Tarma installer on my system.
REALLY DISLIKE CNET AND CBS INTERACTIVE FOR WRAPPING SPYWARE AND MALWARE IN
THEIR INSTALLERS. HAVE GONE TO OTHER PLACES TO DOWNLOAD ANY FILE THAT DOES
NOT COME WITH THIS LIKE SNAPFILES OR MAJORGEEKS. Not going through this again!!!
Major advice that helped me was:
Microsoft search informed me this also can come with Tarma Installer attached and sure enough, it did.
This advice helped me remove it all:
We have divided this tutorial in 4 steps:
Uninstall Using Control Panel
Delete Remaining Files and Folders of the Program
Remove Software Keys from Windows Registry
Empty Temp Folder
STEP 1: Uninstall Software Using Control Panel
First thing first! Uninstall the software using Windows Control Panel.
Open Control Panel, double-click on "Add/Remove Programs", select the program name and click on Uninstall button. It'll remove it.
Windows Vista / 7:
Open Control Panel, click on "Programs and Features", select the program name and click on Uninstall button.
STEP 2: Delete Remaining Files and Folders of the Program
Even though you have uninstalled the software using Control Panel, some files of this program might still remain in a few system folders.
To delete these leftovers, you'll need check following folders:
If you find any folder with the name of the software program which you uninstalled using 1st step, delete it.
NOTE: You just need to type the above mentioned text in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open the folders directly.
Program Files folder:
Application Data folder:
NOTE 2: 64-bit system users will also need to check "C:\Program Files (x86)" folder. Here we assume your Windows is installed in C: drive.
If you installed Windows in any other drive, replace C: with that drive letter.
STEP 3: Remove Software Keys from Windows Registry
You'll have to be very careful while following this step. Follow this step only if you are comfortable with Windows Registry and if you have
used Registry Editor in past.
When you uninstall a software program, many times its entry in Windows Registry is not deleted by the uninstaller. It might increase Windows Registry size.
To completely uninstall the software, you'll also need to delete its key from Windows Registry.
1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following keys one by one:
64-bit system users will also need to check following extra key:
Once you go to the above mentioned keys, look for a key with the name of your uninstalled software. If you find a key, delete it.
Sometimes the key name might be based on the company name or developer name so if you suspect a key, expand it and check whether its related to
the uninstalled software program. If yes, you can delete it.
PS: Make sure to take a backup before deleting anything from Windows Registry so that you can restore it later if something goes wrong. To take backup,
right-click on the key which you are going to delete and select "Export". It'll save a .REG file containing the backup of that key.
PS2: Expert users can also find all occurrence of the key with the name of uninstalled software using "Ctrl+F" and delete them. You'll have to be very
cautious for it. Delete the key only if you are absolutely sure that the key was created by the uninstalled software.
STEP 4: Empty Temp Folder
At last you can also empty Temp folder which contains temporary files and cleaning this folder is absolutely safe.
To empty Temp folder, type following one by one in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter:
It'll open Temp folders. You can empty them. If Windows shows errors while deleting a few files, leave them. These files might be used
by some running software or Windows services.
That's it. After following the above mentioned steps, you'll be able to completely uninstall and remove a software program from Windows.
If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to post them in your comment...
Posted by: Vishal Gupta | Categories: Software, Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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