Security Essentials will not uninstall

KCav

Senior Member
#1
I want to remove Microsoft Security Essentials from my notebook. I went to Control Panel > Programs and Features > right clicked on Microsft Security Essentials and poped-up said Uninstall. I clicked on Uninstall and it said, "An error has prevented Microsoft Security Essentials Startup Wizard from completing successfully." :eek:

What should I do to uninstall MS Security Essentials?
 


#2
This sounds counter intuitive but a re-install then an un-install of said software.
 


#3
Just curious... why the desired removal?
 


KCav

Senior Member
#5
Just curious... why the desired removal?
I need to repair Windows and thought by removing MSE problems would be solved. Those that are still there will need attention, and then I will reinstall MSE.
 


#6
Ummm, ok. Bit rare to have problems caused by MSE but, thanks for explaining.
 


catilley1092

Extraordinary Member
#7
I'm with you on that, Drew. Although I only run MSE within XP Mode, it's a very computer friendly AV. Works fine with XP, Vista & Win 7. No BSOD's, except one, back in 2010, when I participated in the Beta Test for MSE 2.0, hosted by MS Connect. Being that is was a beta, and was just released, I was expecting bugs anyway.

However, when I Beta Tested MSE 4.0, all was fine. That's what I run within my 2 XP Mode installs.

As to removal of MSE, Revo Uninstaller did a great job. After a reboot, and a swipe with CCleaner, MSE was gone.

Cat
 


KCav

Senior Member
#8
When I tried to install MSE it said "Already installed."
 


KCav

Senior Member
#9
As to removal of MSE, Revo Uninstaller did a great job. After a reboot, and a swipe with CCleaner, MSE was gone.

Cat
OK, will try to remove MSE with Revco Uninstaller and then run CCleaner.
 


#10
When it said Already Installed did it show on the Programs & Features list?
 


KCav

Senior Member
#11
I finally succeeded in uninstalling MSE. I down loaded MS Fixit and clicked run. No indication of what was happening was visible. Later when I went to Control Panel > Programs and Settings, and clicked on Uninstall MSE, uninstall worked, MSE was removed from my system.
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#12
Seems it's called Fix-it for some good reason...
 


KCav

Senior Member
#13
After removing MSE system problems continued (problems began after I created a sperate User account). I reinstalled MSE from the Administrators account; placed shortcuts to Start Menu in C:/ProgramData/Microsft/Windows/Start Menu. I can run MSE when logged in as either User or Administrator. After running MSE I found stuff in C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/microsoft antimalware. Does MSE use any other account to store its configuration, logs, quarentine, etc.
 


#14
Ok, Ken, what "problems" are you trying or wanting to address? You haven't really stated what those are. I don't get why you are trying to dig deeply into MSE folders, files, logs, etc. Seems it's now established that the cause is not MSE... I can likely advise how to tackle the "problems" usefully but, 1st, what are they??

Regards,
Drew
 


catilley1092

Extraordinary Member
#15
Seems it's called Fix-it for some good reason...
It got my DVD-ROM going again. Somehow, the registry values got screwed up, the Fix-It-Center got it going again. This was back when the program was in Beta.

Cat
 


#16
Indeed, it's a fine & handy 'tool'. Good for IT Pros & End Users, both. Often 1 of those good '1st things to try' when something seems amiss.

Drew
 


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KCav

Senior Member
#17
Ok, Ken, what "problems" are you trying or wanting to address? I can likely advise how to tackle the "problems" usefully but, 1st, what are they??
Drew
When I click on IE a pop-up window appears. In the window it asks me to configure the Add-on Search engine. If I click the Close button the windows closes and I can proceed to browse. In Days of Ole, when I clicked the IE icon my homepage appeared. Now I have to log into my Google account, select the item that says Products, scroll until I find iGoogle and click on it. Then my homepage appears. If I reset the IE homepage setting the next time I enter IE my homepage will appear and the only problem I have is I need to close the pop-up window.

I'm not certain, but I feel my Registry became corrupt as a result of changes made to settings in Windows that affect where Program Data is stored and User rights to access the information. I have two User accounts: KCAV is system administrator, and MLMH is a member of the User group. Here are some questions I have:

1. When I click on C:/Users MLMH and Administrator/AVS are displayed. Why not MLMH and KCAV?
2. Kcav uses IE, iGoogle, same as MLMH, but each have different settings. What folders are the settings stored in?
3. If I went to the Command line and typed Regedit where should I look to find KCAV's permissions to use these programs.
 


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#18
I sent you a message, Ken, earlier today. Trying to visualize what you're describing.

What "settings" are you after?
 


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