EagleTech wrote:Are these things that dUninstaller doesn't get? Also, if you haven't yet, check out AdwCleaner.
My only concern about nuking things is that if you don't get every little scrap you may end up with issues.
It's not that dUninstaller does not, or will not, get them, it's just that I'm not convinced that "uninstalling" the junkware programs is completely necessary.
If you watch the un-installation process on most of these small junkware programs and/or toolbars, they simply remove 1-2 .exe files, several other small (non .exe) files, and several registry entries. If I ran my arsenal of malware removal tools in succession that remove 98% of these files and registry entries, to the point that they do not auto-run or have a way to execute at all, then why worry with the small remainders? The malware removal programs typically remove the .exe files and the majority of the remaining files/folders/registry entries. And if you include something like StartUpLite (or even a manual check with Autoruns), it would stop it from even executing on boot.
I know it seems like a lazy, half-assed tactic of removing malware, but I'm starting to feel like if the .exe files and majority of everything else is removed and the backbone of the program is broken, why even bother removing the other remaining files / registry entries if they cannot do anything to harm the computer?
Here is the line up, in sequential order, of the malware removal programs that I currently use:
I've even thought about throwing in SuperAntiSpyware in there as well, but it seems a bit overkill. I do about 5-15 virus cleanups a day and the above playlist of tools seems to do the trick. In some stubborn cases, like an "FBI Virus" variant, I'll use HitmanPro's kickstart USB to get things going. But, I digress.
Anyway, if anyone else has some good reasons not to just simply nuke the program startup and / or program folder, please chime in.