how deep is the install?

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by vivalabogota, Mar 11, 2003.

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  1. vivalabogota

    vivalabogota Guest

    I like these programs, the spyguard and browser highjack blaster as well as the spywareblaster, but im wondering how far into my system do they install?

    do they leave files and changes all over the place or is it pretty simple?

    reason im asking, is someday i may want to uninstall and need to know if it will take care of everything, or do i need to go into registry and delete entries and so forth....

    please explain

  2. nameless

    nameless Registered Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Here is pretty much what happens with SpywareGuard:

    Registry keys added:


    Shared DLL counters incremented (your paths may vary, of course):

    "C:\WINDOWS\System32\MSINET.OCX" (+1)
    "C:\WINDOWS\system32\StdOle2.tlb" (+1)

    Directories added (your paths may vary, of course):

    c:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Start Menu\Programs\SpywareGuard
    c:\Program Files\SpywareGuard

    Files added (outside of SpywareGuard install directory, and the Start Menu and Desktop):


    I have a log for SpywareBlaster, but I'm too tired and lazy right now to manually parse it. It is not any "worse" than SpywareGuard, however. On my system, it added one DLL and one OCX file under my Windows directory. In any event, neither of the two utilities are "messy" installs, and their benefit far outweighs any concern. You'll see.

    My advice is to download and install "Total Uninstall", a free and very, very handy utility for monitoring application installs, and for removing them when the time comes. Be sure to install version 2.33.

    Total Uninstall
  3. vivalabogota

    vivalabogota Guest

    When you have a free moment, would you please get me the information from the install for spywareblaster as well.

    I would like to keep these for later reference.

    Also, these registry marks, they are okay to fully delete after uninstalling?

  4. nameless

    nameless Registered Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Added keys are usually (though not always) safe to delete after uninstalling. In the case of SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard, they are safe.

    If it's full logs you want, I will give you everything I have. I'll zip both full logs and make them available later, when I have more time. OK?

    I still strongly recommend installing Total Uninstall, or at least PC Magazine InCtrl5, so you can track your own installation(s). What changes on my system may not be 100% identical to what changes on your system. For example, perhaps a DLL file gets added to my system by an install program, because it didn't exist before. So, when I remove that software, I can safely delete that same DLL file. But if, on your system, that DLL file already existed and was in use prior to install, you'd better not delete it after you uninstalled that second piece of software.
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