Category: Cleanup

Manually remove Office 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016
article #234, updated 50 minutes ago

Microsoft-provided removal tools for Office. A new page for 2007 through 2016:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Uninstall-Office-from-a-PC-9dd49b83-264a-477a-8fcc-2fdf5dbf61d8?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

Fix-Its now exist for Office 2010, 2007, and 2003:

http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/971179

A utility for manual removal of Office versions at and before XP, is reportedly in the 2003 Office Resource Kit, confirmed available at the link below as of right now, although the installer appears to crash:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/e/d/0eda9ae6-f5c9-44be-98c7-ccc3016a296a/ork.exe

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Cleanup

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CATE: Clean All system and user profile Temp folders, Etcetera
article #484, updated 110 days ago

For quite a while I had been curious as to why a simple method to do this was not available. CCLEANER and others do not do everything needed. Well, the following .VBS originated with the excellent David Barrett ( http://www.cedit.biz ) and has been rewritten a lot by yours truly (JEB of Ponderworthy). One thing discovered along the way, is even in XP there is a user profile called the “System Profile” — XP has it in C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\systemprofile — and malware often dumps junk into it, and sometimes many gigs of unwanted files can be found in its temporary storage. The below cleans all user profiles including those, as well as the Windows Error Reporting cache, and the .NET caches, and the system TEMP folders, and in recent versions, many Windows log files which are often found in many thousands of fragments on drives.

The tool is designed for Windows 10 down through XP. If you’re running this tool on Vista/2008 or above, do use an administrative CMD or equivalent, or most of the deletions won’t happen.

The full text can be downloaded here in a zip file.

Categories:   Cleanup   

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Enable CLEANMGR.EXE on Server 2008R1/2 and 2012
article #1006, updated 118 days ago

Very useful procedure, does not need a role/feature install. Slightly different on each. Note the locale suffix which will have to be changed. Does not work on 2012R2, from that point we have to enable the desktop experience, which can be done in Powershell using Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience.

Server 2012R1:

copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_c60dddc5e750072a\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_en-us_b6a01752226afbb3\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008R2:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 64-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_b9f50b71510436f2\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 32-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_6d4436615d8bd133\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_5dd66fed98a6c5bc\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Cleanup

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Antimalware for Remote
article #168, updated 137 days ago

One good standby lately is the Microsoft Malicious Software Remover:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

For major infections, another is Comodo Cleaning Essentials, courtesy of the amazing Jared Dexter:

https://www.comodo.com/business-security/network-protection/cleaning_essentials.php

After that, Malwarebytes:

http://malwarebytes.org

For garbageware, irritationware, and similar things, I like the following, only rarely needing the whole series:

  1. JRT

http://thisisudax.org/?p=1

  1. RogueKiller

http://tigzy.geekstogo.com/roguekiller.php

  1. AdwCleaner

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup

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Clean Temp Files in Linux
article #870, updated 611 days ago

“Bleachbit” works very well.

Categories:   Cleanup   

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Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool
article #718, updated 634 days ago

Very worthwhile. Sometimes has been seen to take 8+ hours of background processing to complete its work.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30135

Categories:   Tools   Cleanup

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A new uninstaller
article #828, updated 721 days ago

Something new, comes highly recommended, have not tested it myself yet:

http://www.geekuninstaller.com/

Categories:   Cleanup   

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MSICUU2 for Windows Installer problems
article #309, updated 1019 days ago

msicuu2 is available here:

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Windows-Installer-CleanUp-Utility-Download-18442.html

Categories:   Cleanup   

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When IP Printers Won't Delete
article #720, updated 1023 days ago

  1. Change the Port, to “FILE:”, and then try to delete it again. If that doesn’t work:
  2. Go to this registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers

and delete the ones that you want gone. Then restart the Windows service named ‘spooler’.

Categories:   Printers & Printing   Cleanup

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List of Antivirus Removal Tools
article #721, updated 1049 days ago

Here is a great list of links:

http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN146&product=0&vendor=0

Discovered by the amazing Mike Hunsinger.

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup