Window Services Removals


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The purpose of this article is to provide the computer user with a method to remove unwanted entries that are listed by the Services Control Panel via Admin Tools, in particular those services that are Not from/by Microsoft.

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Problem:  These third party services are installed during the installation of third party programs, mostly freeware and trialware.  Subsequently, when these programs are un-installed their services are sometimes left behind.  These services could be orphans or could of been left behind deliberately because they have malicious intentions.   I have also seen services that use Chinese Text. Whether the service/program was developed in China or here in America using Chinese Text, they have no purpose on American Computers that are using US-English Text and on computers that no longer host the program(s).

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Solutions:  There are several methods to remove Services. A number of sites provide information  on Methods 1 and 2 (below).  However, I sincerely prefer Method 3, because this is by far easier and safer.

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Method 1 : Via the command console, whereas you exactly type a code and exactly type in the name of the service.  Then windows will delete that service. Unfortunately, if you have a typo or the characters are Chinese Texas, this method is not ideal.

Step 1: Open a command window by pressing WinKey+R then enter Cmd.

Step 2: At the dos-like prompt use the following code>: sc delete < SERVICE name>

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Method 2 : Download a freeware designed solely to remove Services.  However, most of these will turn around and install something on your system that is piggy backing the freeware. However, i have used the following and you are welcome as well:

http://tools.sysprogs.org/srvman/

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Method 3: Is to edit your own Registry Hive and remove the registry keys manually.

Step 1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing WinKey+R, then enter Regedit or Regedt32.

Step 2. On the left hand side drill down to this section:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Services

Step 3. Look for the service key on the right hand window and delete it.

Step 4: Close the registry editor and reboot.

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Tip:  While executing Step 2 above, you can also have the services window open at the same time.  That way it will be easier to match the entry as listed in Services to the key for the service, in case it is abbreviated.

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Note:  Be advise that you have just modified this copy of the registry.  Therefore, if you happen to execute a system restore point (sometime in the future) the older copies of the registry and those unwanted keys will be restored.

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