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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #120 on: November 15, 2006, 05:33:23 PM »
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So, just to confirm. You have no registry references with the above 2 IDs & no directories with those names?

That is correct (to the best of my knowledge).  Sorry for the caveat, but I think to say otherwise is foolish... :)

I did another search today with Agent Ransack, using setup.exe, *.msi, and the GUIDs in the text field (one at a time, of course), which returned some results.  The only "active" result was a copy of the CAVS 1.1 installation executable, created by a monitoring program.  I deleted it but that did not stop the popup (this came off the GUID {6617...}).

The remainder of the results (from the GUIDs) were from hits in the logfiles, registry backups, etc.  I did find a lot of old references to this GUID existing in c:\windows\installer and c:\program files\installshield installation information, but these were text references only, not to a currently existing file.  The InstallWatch snapshot file was very informative.  I also saw in the CAVS 2.x Beta install file where it noted that 1.x Beta uninstall failed and it searched for components etc to remove.

Inasfar as the registry, the only entries that now come up for the GUIDs are the "recent" usages of Agent Ransack with that as the search field...

I can attach the search results saved as text files from Agent Ransack, if you think you might see something I missed (and I may very well have...).

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #121 on: November 28, 2006, 05:28:37 PM »
I finally got rid of CAVS.  The process may/may not be more involded than this, but from what I recall - here's what I did:

1.  Ran the uninstaller - failed
2.  Open Task Manager > terminate cmain.exe and cav(?)
3.  Ran: [Program Files Folder]\Comodo\Comodo AntiVirus\uninstCavasmDrv.cmd
4.  Ran: [Program Files Folder]\Comodo\Comodo AntiVirus\WinSock2_backup.reg
5.  Deleted [Program Files Folder]\Comodo\Comodo AntiVirus
8.  On windows boot > let the msi run.
6.  Open MSCONFIG > Startup > disabled CMain & CLptray
7.  Open MSCONFIG > Services > disabled comodo application agent
8.  Reboot - msi doesn't need to run..
9.  Open Task Manager > terminate cmain.exe and cav(?)  ((if running))
3.  Download, install and run Windows Installer CleanUp Utility: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
4.  Remove > Comodo installer msi
5.  Delete these two folders:  [Program Files Folder]\Comodo\Comodo AntiVirus & [Program Files Folder]\Comodo\Common
6.  Run a regcleaner (i used ashampoo) to remove all orphaned entries
7.  Reboot - DONE. 

I'm certain some of this is redundant - but thats the sum of it.  The windows installer cleanup utility is a gem.  Good luck yall..

-C
« Last Edit: November 28, 2006, 05:30:12 PM by cjepp »

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #122 on: November 28, 2006, 05:40:42 PM »
And this was with Beta 1.x, rather than the current Beta 2.x?  (Reason I ask, I know you've had some hal.dll issues mentioned in the Beta 2.x bug thread, and have uninstalled 2.x)

And that you had the irritating installer popup after uninstall?

TNX,

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #123 on: December 09, 2006, 12:56:48 PM »
Thanks for the confidence everyone and the help with zsoft Little Mac.

Unfortunately my plan of attack did not work! (but I wasted a day at work again:) )

BUT it did help my find something new.

Need HELP, I found some comodo keys and cannot delete them with everything I have tried, including booting into safe mode and using manual deletion and tools.

The key (keys) are located in the registry here on my machine:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Enum\Root\LEGACY_COMODO_ANTI-VIRUS_AND_ANTI-SPYWARE_SERVICE

Any help deleting these greatly appreciated.

Dr Pete



Unable to delete LEGACY_ keys?

See here:

http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/forum/windows-nt-2000-2003/10559-unable-remove-legacy_mpr-keys.html

Good luck.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #124 on: December 21, 2006, 06:41:06 AM »
OK, you guys totally lost me at the 2nd step.  I type in "Cd" and do what?  This program is causing havoc on my computer.  Is it the reason I can't add or remove anything?  Is it the reason I can't use avg anymore?  Please help a non-computer savy person.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #125 on: December 21, 2006, 10:07:08 AM »
OK, you guys totally lost me at the 2nd step.  I type in "Cd" and do what?  This program is causing havoc on my computer.  Is it the reason I can't add or remove anything?  Is it the reason I can't use avg anymore?  Please help a non-computer savy person.

Welcome to the forum  (:WAV)

Sorry you're having troubles!

I presume you have CAVS installed on your machine?  What version?

If it's version 1.1, a number of issues turned up with the installer software it was built with (InstallShield), causing Comodo to develop their own installer.  Installshield is aware the software has problems, and has offered some solutions; Comodo has developed some solutions as well, as it relates to CAVS.

If you have tried to uninstall CAVS thru Add/Remove Programs, and are unable to do so, there are two batch files here in the forum that may help you "manually" remove it, rather than trying to do the command-line approach (the one that has you lost...).  ;)

Attached to this post by Paulo http://forums.comodo.com/index.php/topic,887.msg19702.html#msg19702 is a zipped batch file (a script) that you can download.  Right-click the file (once you've downloaded and saved to your desktop), choose "Extract all files" and follow the prompts.  Then double-click the unzipped batch file to run the script.  It will do what is discussed in the very first post in the topic.

Following that, attached to this post by Paulo http://forums.comodo.com/index.php/topic,887.msg19792.html#msg19792 is another zipped batch file that you can download.  Right-click (once saved), extract all...  Double-click to run the batch.  It will restore the registry items that were changed with the initial installation of CAVS.

As stated in the first post in the topic, you will still have CAVS files remaining on your computer, since the installer didn't function properly.  You will have to manually delete these files.

If you installed CAVS, and still have AVG installed on the computer, yes you will very likely have problems.  It is not a good idea to have multiple antivirus software installed and running on the same computer (or multiple firewalls, for that matter), as they frequently conflict with one another and cause all manner of difficulties.

Hopefully this will actually help answer your questions, rather than just cause more questions... ;)  However, feel free to ask any questions you may have in this regard; I will do my best to answer in a way that won't confuse further.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #126 on: December 21, 2006, 11:53:40 AM »
I followed the instructions and I am still ahving problems.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #127 on: December 21, 2006, 12:32:08 PM »
I followed the instructions and I am still ahving problems.

Please describe the problems you are having...

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #128 on: December 21, 2006, 01:07:57 PM »
It is still installed.  When I go to, remove/registry it says soemthing about unistall not successful.  Something to that affect.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #129 on: December 21, 2006, 01:11:35 PM »
Though when I get the black box (the script?) it would appear that I have removed everything successfully.  I asks me to reboot, which I do.
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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #130 on: December 21, 2006, 02:33:47 PM »
There may still be files on the computer; that does not necessarily mean that the software is "installed," although it may complicate the issue.  If it's still showing in "Add/Remove Programs" you may want to try the following:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=290301  This is a link to Microsoft, to their Windows Installer Cleanup Utility.  You can download and run the utility.  When you run it, it will show a list of programs that have been uninstalled, but need to be "cleaned up."  If CAVS is in there, click and go!

If it is not still in "Add/Remove Programs" but there are still files present, you may need to manually delete those files.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #131 on: December 21, 2006, 10:21:50 PM »
Still nothing.  My add/remove hasn't worked since I downloaded comodo.  When I do the process of the windows cleaner, I don't even see "comodo" as one of the programs.  However, it is STILL running. 

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #132 on: December 22, 2006, 03:07:16 PM »
Aargh, that's the stinkin' InstallShield installer.  We're going to have to dig a little deeper, now, unfortunately. 

Download the following two free tools:

ServiWin (allows access to services & drivers from one screen) and SafeMSI (allows you to uninstall programs in Safe Mode).

Run Serviwin.  At the top left there are two "gear" icons.  The first is Drivers.  Click that and look for Cavasm.  Change the start type to Disabled.  Then go to the second "gear" icon, which is Services.  Click that, and look for Comodo Antivirus and Antispyware Service.  Change the start type to Disabled.  You can close Serviwin.

Now go to Start/Run, and type in "msconfig".  When that window comes up, go to the Startup tab.  Find the entry for CMain and CLPTray.  Uncheck the boxes next to those entries, click Apply, then OK.

Reboot your computer.  CAVS should no longer be running. 

Now go to your download of SafeMSI (the zip file).  Right-click, select "Extract All" and follow the prompts.  It will give you a SafeMSI folder with one file, SafeMSI.exe.  Now you will reboot into Safe Mode.  In case you haven't done this before, here's what you do:  Reboot your computer.  As soon as your BIOS/Manufacturer shows the first text on the screen (this is long before Windows starts up), press the F8 key.  You may need to press repeatedly, about once per second (depending on your computer's specifics).

You'll get a screen for Safe Mode, to choose your operating system, then to choose the manner in which you wish to boot (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, etc).  If you choose Safe Mode with Networking this gives you internet access (which you don't need at the moment, but it's good to know).  Otherwise you want Safe Mode.  You will next be given an option to Restore, or continue to Safe Mode.  Continue to Safe Mode.

Once you're logged in, you'll go to SafeMSI.exe and run it (double-click).  Then go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall CAVS.

Reboot normally.

LM

I edited the text in blue, having reinstalled and uninstalled to get a better idea of what's going on, and trying something new...
« Last Edit: December 22, 2006, 05:55:11 PM by Little Mac »
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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #133 on: December 30, 2006, 02:05:38 PM »
I would like to direct everyone with these difficulties over here:  http://forums.comodo.com/index.php/topic,4755.0.html

Where I have posted a potential solution.  It worked for me, and is apparently working for others as well.

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Re: Manual Steps to uninstall Comodo AntiVirus
« Reply #134 on: January 14, 2007, 11:38:52 AM »
For those still having problems removing the nagging install popups.  When all else failed this worked for me.  Like others I had removed everything, I thought and no cavs showed.  I tried the windows install cleanup utility but it didn't show any comodo also. 

I found tho that in the windows install cleanup utility folder there is a file called msizap.exe.  You have to run it from the command line.  Use it with the guid from your msi event log to use. 

Syntax is like this:  msizap.exe T {guid}.  Reboot your computer after you use it. 

It worked for me so I hope it helps.

Bob

 

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