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    stevieboy1313 Guest

    Default Help with firewall

    I have Vista home basic. The security center says that I have MacAfee
    Personal Firewall installed, so I guess it came with the PC. I cannot get rid
    of it!!! It doesn't show up under Add/Remove programs. I downloaded and ran
    the MacAfee removal tool, and it's still there. How can I get rid of it?



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    If you have removed McAfee with its Removal Tool; and your Security center still shows as it being installed, it probably means that it has left some remnants in your registry. Try a freeware registry cleanler like CCleaner and see if it helps, Else : Open regedit, search for McAfee keys and delete them. Pls create a system restore point before touching the registry.

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    As Anand said, there are registry entries causing it to still show up in Security Center. If I were you I would get into the habit of deleting left over registry entries by searching keywords with RegSeeker

    Simply search "McAfee" within RegSeeker and every registry entry still left over will be displayed for you to delete. A backup will be created automatically before you delete anything. Or you could do it Anand's way and use the "Find" feature in regedit.

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    Kayman Guest

    Default Re: Help with firewall

    On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 16:37:01 -0700, stevieboy1313 wrote:

    > I have Vista home basic. The security center says that I have MacAfee
    > Personal Firewall installed, so I guess it came with the PC. I cannot get rid
    > of it!!! It doesn't show up under Add/Remove programs. I downloaded and ran
    > the MacAfee removal tool, and it's still there. How can I get rid of it?


    Try again!

    How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the
    McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)
    http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocumen...e&type=TS&ia=1

    IMPORTANT: If your McAfee products were preinstalled by the manufacturer of
    your computer, please make sure to activate your McAfee subscription before
    uninstalling. Reinstalling from a CD or download will only install your
    McAfee consumer applications, but may not recover your paid subscription
    term information.

    No luck?

    Try:
    http://pcdecrapifier.com/download

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    Malke Guest

    Default Re: Help with firewall

    arkitect wrote:

    >
    > As Anand said, there are registry entries causing it to still show up in
    > Security Center. If I were you I would get into the habit of deleting
    > left over registry entries by searching keywords with 'RegSeeker'
    > (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2579.html)
    >
    > Simply search "McAfee" within RegSeeker and every registry entry still
    > left over will be displayed for you to delete. A backup will be created
    > automatically before you delete anything. Or you could do it Anand's
    > way and use the "Find" feature in regedit.
    >
    >


    The advice from both you and "HappyAndyK" to use a registry cleaner is bad
    advice. This is why:

    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 - registry cleaner thread

    If the OP has really used the McAfee removal tool and the Security Center is
    still showing bits of McAfee installed, here is how to fix it - easily,
    with no third-party tools such as registry cleaners that can irrevocably
    harm the system.

    Right-click Command Prompt and Run as Administrator. Type the following
    command:

    winmgmt /salvagerepository

    The first time you run this it will fail. It will issue stop commands to
    the services causing it to fail. It might take a couple minutes for the
    services to shut down. Run the command again and reboot your system.

    If the above doesn't work or if you get "the repository is consistent", do
    the following from an elevated cmd prompt:

    net stop winmgmt [enter]
    cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem [enter]
    ren repository repository.old [enter]
    net start winmgmt [enter]

    Malke
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    Yes, it is quite possible that the problem may be resolved by re-starting the WMI repository.

    The Aumha thread is a wonderful one; and it talks of primarily of, NOT using the OneCare registry cleaner as, inter alia, it "offers no chance to backup what is removed and whatever it removes is gone, forever."

    I concur when it says, not to expect major performance gains after using a Registry Cleaner. And in any case, in Vista, parts of the Registry have been virtualized, and hence unlike XP, does not tend to suffer from bloat, as such !

    So if you are using a registry cleaner with a view to speeding up your system, it may not be of much use. But here, what we are trying to do, is remove the residual registry junk, which may be causing a problem.

    So, if restarting the WMI repository does not help you, I would continue to stand by my advice and suggest that you use a good/safe registry cleaner like CCleaner and/or look manually in the Registry, and delete all McAfee keys, assuming you are not using any other McAfee products. And sure, backing up the registry or creating a system restore point is always a good idea.

    Incidentally, here is Microsoft OneCare's take Registry Cleaners.

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    The advice from both you and "HappyAndyK" to use a registry cleaner is bad
    advice.
    This is why I am always hesitant to participate in support forums because every time I offer advice it is immediately labeled as wrong by an ignorant post. I NEVER said to use a Registry Cleaner, read my advice again and again until you can correctly interpret what I said before you accuse me of giving bad advice. I agree that using registry cleaners is both dangerous and unnecessary in most cases but HappyAndyK did not give bad advice by recommending CCleaner's registry cleaner as it just may remove the entry causing the annoyance. CCleaner offers you to backup before removing any registry entries and on top of that it is by no means an aggressive registry cleaner.

    If that doesn't work the solution is to find the registry entry that is causing the annoyance manually and remove it. You can use regedit or you can use a program such as RegSeeker to find all entries related to McAfee by using the "Search" feature.

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    Malke Guest

    Default Re: Help with firewall

    arkitect wrote:

    >
    > As Anand said, there are registry entries causing it to still show up in
    > Security Center. If I were you I would get into the habit of deleting
    > left over registry entries by searching keywords with 'RegSeeker'
    > (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2579.html)
    >
    > Simply search "McAfee" within RegSeeker and every registry entry still
    > left over will be displayed for you to delete. A backup will be created
    > automatically before you delete anything. Or you could do it Anand's
    > way and use the "Find" feature in regedit.
    >
    >


    The advice from both you and "HappyAndyK" to use a registry cleaner is bad
    advice. This is why:

    http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 - registry cleaner thread

    If the OP has really used the McAfee removal tool and the Security Center is
    still showing bits of McAfee installed, here is how to fix it - easily,
    with no third-party tools such as registry cleaners that can irrevocably
    harm the system.

    Right-click Command Prompt and Run as Administrator. Type the following
    command:

    winmgmt /salvagerepository

    The first time you run this it will fail. It will issue stop commands to
    the services causing it to fail. It might take a couple minutes for the
    services to shut down. Run the command again and reboot your system.

    If the above doesn't work or if you get "the repository is consistent", do
    the following from an elevated cmd prompt:

    net stop winmgmt [enter]
    cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem [enter]
    ren repository repository.old [enter]
    net start winmgmt [enter]

    Malke
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    stevieboy1313 Guest

    Default Re: Help with firewall



    "Malke" wrote:

    > arkitect wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > As Anand said, there are registry entries causing it to still show up in
    > > Security Center. If I were you I would get into the habit of deleting
    > > left over registry entries by searching keywords with 'RegSeeker'
    > > (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2579.html)
    > >
    > > Simply search "McAfee" within RegSeeker and every registry entry still
    > > left over will be displayed for you to delete. A backup will be created
    > > automatically before you delete anything. Or you could do it Anand's
    > > way and use the "Find" feature in regedit.
    > >
    > >

    >
    > The advice from both you and "HappyAndyK" to use a registry cleaner is bad
    > advice. This is why:
    >
    > http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 - registry cleaner thread
    >
    > If the OP has really used the McAfee removal tool and the Security Center is
    > still showing bits of McAfee installed, here is how to fix it - easily,
    > with no third-party tools such as registry cleaners that can irrevocably
    > harm the system.
    >
    > Right-click Command Prompt and Run as Administrator. Type the following
    > command:
    >
    > winmgmt /salvagerepository
    >
    > The first time you run this it will fail. It will issue stop commands to
    > the services causing it to fail. It might take a couple minutes for the
    > services to shut down. Run the command again and reboot your system.
    >
    > If the above doesn't work or if you get "the repository is consistent", do
    > the following from an elevated cmd prompt:
    >
    > net stop winmgmt [enter]
    > cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem [enter]
    > ren repository repository.old [enter]
    > net start winmgmt [enter]
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
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    >
    > Malke - The net stop commands worked. McAfee is finally gone!!!! Thank you Elephant Boy!


  10. #10
    Malke Guest

    Default Re: Help with firewall

    stevieboy1313 wrote:

    >> Malke - The net stop commands worked. McAfee is finally gone!!!! Thank
    >> you Elephant Boy!


    Very glad to hear it. Thanks for taking the time to post back.

    Malke
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