[Closed] Cannot remove program

By Doctor Gallop ยท 5 replies
Sep 11, 2012
  1. Hello guys,
    I downloaded a freeware program to give it a try...did not like it....and when I went to uninstall it with Revo Uninstaller, I saw that the program was not even listed even though I used it once.
    I am running Windows XP and so I also tried using the Windows Add / Remove, but the program is just not listed as even being on my computer!
    I did find a folder for "ffdiaporama"....opened it and tried the uninstall in the folder but a pop up window [ attached image ] said it could not be uninstalled!
    Can some one please tell me how to get this thing off of my computer?
    I did run a Virus Scan and it found 7 "risky programs" which all had the same name of
    "c/ Peoples PC" which I had removed.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Link to that damn program.........http://ffdiaporama.tuxfamily.org/

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  2. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    Hello, and welcome to TechSpot.

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  3. Doctor Gallop

    Doctor Gallop TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 227   +11

    DragonMaster Jay,

    Thank you so very much for your help, but after trying to follow those instructions....I realized how truly incompetent I am with computers.
    The main reason I consult this wonderful forum is because I "know nothing". Hell, I still type with one finger!
    I got as far as running the adware program from the link you included and this was the result that came back...

    # AdwCleaner v2.001 - Logfile created 09/11/2012 at 17:18:57
    # Updated 09/09/2012 by Xplode
    # Operating system : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32 bits)
    # User : Compaq_Owner - YOUR-27E1513D96
    # Boot Mode : Normal
    # Running from : C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Local Settings\Temp\adwcleaner.exe
    # Option [Search]

    ***** [Services] *****

    ***** [Files / Folders] *****

    File Found : C:\user.js
    Folder Found : C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Application Data\Babylon
    Folder Found : C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Conduit
    Folder Found : C:\Program Files\Conduit

    ***** [Registry] *****

    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Headlight
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFDBDDAA-5D3F-42EE-B79C-185A7020515B}
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{95B7759C-8C7F-4BF1-B163-73684A933233}
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{95B7759C-8C7F-4BF1-B163-73684A933233}
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\SmartBar
    Key Found : HKCU\Software\Softonic
    Key Found : HKLM\Software\Conduit
    Key Found : HKU\S-1-5-21-1777554284-3279280256-807766391-1009\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFDBDDAA-5D3F-42EE-B79C-185A7020515B}
    Value Found : HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser [{E7DF6BFF-55A5-4EB7-A673-4ED3E9456D39}]

    ***** [Internet Browsers] *****

    -\\ Internet Explorer v8.0.6001.18702

    [OK] Registry is clean.


    AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [1654 octets] - [11/09/2012 17:18:57]

    ########## EOF - C:\AdwCleaner[R1].txt - [1714 octets] ##########
  4. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    That's okay. We all have our weaknesses. Just focus on your strengths. :)

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    Please post the log.


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  5. Doctor Gallop

    Doctor Gallop TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 227   +11

    DragonMaster Jay,

    Last night I tried keeping it simple [like my mind] and found the program folder...deleted everything in it and then the folder itself....restored my computer to two days before I downloaded this "ghost" program......and it now seems to be gone! I started up the computer this morning and there is no trace of it.
    I just ran Malwarebytes and it found nothing!

    But thank you very very much for all your trouble in trying to helping me. I really appreciate it all.
  6. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    Okie dokie. Topic closed.
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