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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.


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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:


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

D/L and install Ccleaner -
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

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by shankru85 / September 5, 2006 5:05 AM PDT
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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.

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