[MA-SOC] HELP! How To Uninstall?

Anthony Barbachan anime at Miyu.Barbachan.org
Thu Mar 17 20:08:42 EDT 2011

Not on the restore cds.  I usually recommend to my clients to purchase them 
from the vendor, assuming the product didn't come with it.  Reason being 
that burnt cds have a self-life and having that fail at a crucial moment is 
disastrous.  Within the past year I've had restore cds ordered from both 
Acer and HP, cost has been under $20 for both.  Dell has been $10 and many 
times free if you call with a sob story especially on the small business 
customer support.

The situation may change though if the computer is really old.  The venders 
may minimize what they keep in stock though windows install cds should still 
be available.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Haney" <thezorch at gmail.com>
To: "Metro Anime New York City--social list" <ma-nyc-soc at lists.baka.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [MA-SOC] HELP! How To Uninstall?

> Ok, several things here.
> 1.  Deleting the icons for a program doesn't delete the program itself
> from Windows.  It works that way on a Mac though, but not on a Windows
> PC.  To remove programs from Windows you can go to Add/Remove Programs
> in the Control Panel or some programs have an Uninstall icon you can
> click.
> 2.  This website http://www.livecdlist.com/purpose/windows-antivirus
> has antivirus LiveCDs, some are free and some aren't.  Have a friend
> download one and burn it to a CD.  Put the CD in your computer and
> restart.  The computer should start from the CD instead of the hard
> drive so you can do a virus scan and hopefully remove whatever is on
> your computer.
> 3.  Dion't waste your money on Norton Internet Security.  It adds a
> lot of overhead to your computer than will slow it down, and like
> McAfee Antivirus it has several other issues.  The main one is the
> fact that you have PAY for virus definition updates.  The other is
> that both programs are notorious for having compatibility issues with
> certain other programs, games, and often have False Positives.  This
> is where the software thinks something is a virus when its not.  I
> recommend using either Avast Free Antivirus
> http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download or Microsoft Security
> Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/?WT.srch=1
> Both offer FREE virus definition and software updates.  Avast updates
> very frequently so the software is always up-to-date on the latest
> viruses that crop up.
> 4.  Anthony is right in that using the Recovery Partition is risky.
> To protect it PC makers hid the partition, but this isn't a sure fire
> way to protect it.  If Windows can still SEE the partition but just
> doesn't assign a drive letter to it then a virus might still be able
> to get onto it.  Getting a Recovery CD from the manufacturer can be
> expensive.  Acer is asking over $100+, others may offer them for the
> price Anthony said but I wouldn't hold my breath.
> 5. You can get rid of antivirus programs and fake antivirus programs
> using a tool called Remove Fake Antivirus 1.75.  You can get it at
> this site 
> http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Remove-Fake-Antivirus.shtml
> Cyberdefender looks like something similar to that MyCleanPC.com crap
> you see advertised on the Discovery and Science Channel all the time.
> They're crap, don't buy into them.  Use one of the two free
> alternatives I suggested and you'll be fine.
> 6. There are standalone virus removal programs you can also try.
> There is Stinger, the ONLY  McAfee program I'll ever recommend and the
> Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.  Either one installs
> anything, you just download them and run them.  Stinger can update its
> virus definitions while to get new definitions of Microsoft's tool you
> need to download a new copy each time.  Microsoft oftren updates the
> Malicious Software Removal Tool either once or twice a month.  It
> varies.  The Microsoft tool comes to you via Windows Update or you can
> go to the Microsoft website to get it.
> Get Stinger at 
> http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/how-to-use-stinger.aspx
> Get MS tool at 
> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356
> 7. If nothing else works take your chances and use the Restore Partition.
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