XP Add/Remove Programs has Advertising Center

August 12, 2009 at 10:03:16
Specs: Windows XP

I have a program called advertising center in add remove programs, I don't know what it is and I can't remove it. I can't find it anywhere on the computer, how can I get rid of it?

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August 29, 2009 at 14:46:42

Me too. This program is a nightmare to remove! The only program that I have found that is successful in removing this is PCTools "Spyware Doctor". Works for XP but does not support Vista 64 bit or Windows 7 64 bit. It shows up in Control Panel, List of installed programs but has no information about origin. It then creates a string of phony Nero programs that are just like it...no origin information, no ability to be deleted. Tried every antispyware and antivirus. McCaffee doesn't "see" it. Booting in Safe Mode makes no difference. No one in BitDefender tech support has hear about it, nor Trend, nor McAfee. Real challenge until SD supports 64 bit. Let us know if you come up with a solution. It seems to steal your search program and force you to other sites.

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August 30, 2009 at 01:22:33

owendy, possible it's a worm/trojan? Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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October 13, 2009 at 07:43:54

I had this same issue and decided to google "Uninstaller for hard to remove programs" and a program called Windows Install Clean Up was recommended. I downloaded it and it worked like a charm. It's a sort of Brute Force Uninstaller.

Hopefully this works for others the way it worked for me.

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