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  • Can somebody tell me how to delete a listing in the Service folder?

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:59 PM

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  • Esrman

     

    *First a warning and a disclaimer. Deleting a service can render the system unbootable if the service that is removed is critical to the operation of the system.


    Many services depend on other services to run properly. If a service is removed that several other services depend on to operate properly, this can render the system unbootable.

     

    Do your homework and make sure that the target service can be removed safely.

     

    Go to the following website.

     

    How can i uninstall a service? - Neowin Forums:
    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=211074&st=0&#entry584464974

     

    There is a file attached to the third message in that thread.


    Click to download the ' Service_Installer.zip ' file.

    Extract the contents of the zip file.
    Double click the extracted ' Service Install.exe file to run the utility.
    If the UAC prompt appears, click Allow.

    On the first screen, select 'Remove a service'.
    Click 'Next'.
    On the next screen, select 'Local Computer'.
    Click 'Next'.
    On the next screen, click the arrow on the drop down 'Service Name' menu.
    *Make sure that you select the exact service that you want to uninstall.
    Click 'Next'.
    Make sure that the service name appears correctly on this screen.
    Click 'Finish'.

     

    That service will be uninstalled. You must reboot the computer to complete the operation.

     

    I have tested this file on several Vista systems and it does work properly.

     

    Let us know how this works.



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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, May 30, 2008 11:23 PM
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  • Esrman

     

    Could you give us some details about which service you are trying to delete?

    Are you talking about the list of services that you see when going to

    Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services?

     

    Generally, removing a service is not a good idea, since most services depend on other services to run properly. If a service is removed, this could prevent other services that depend on the removed service from running.

     

    If you do not want a service to run, the best method is to Double click that service and disable the service in the 'Startup Type' drop down menu.

     

    Let us know.

     

     

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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, May 30, 2008 5:27 PM
    Moderator
  • Yes the service under administrative tools.

     

    All those 'file missing" entries are in there and I looked at all the properties under each and none has any dependancies.

     

    If you know,Please tell me how to delete an entry there.

    Friday, May 30, 2008 7:08 PM
  • Esrman

     

    *First a warning and a disclaimer. Deleting a service can render the system unbootable if the service that is removed is critical to the operation of the system.


    Many services depend on other services to run properly. If a service is removed that several other services depend on to operate properly, this can render the system unbootable.

     

    Do your homework and make sure that the target service can be removed safely.

     

    Go to the following website.

     

    How can i uninstall a service? - Neowin Forums:
    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=211074&st=0&#entry584464974

     

    There is a file attached to the third message in that thread.


    Click to download the ' Service_Installer.zip ' file.

    Extract the contents of the zip file.
    Double click the extracted ' Service Install.exe file to run the utility.
    If the UAC prompt appears, click Allow.

    On the first screen, select 'Remove a service'.
    Click 'Next'.
    On the next screen, select 'Local Computer'.
    Click 'Next'.
    On the next screen, click the arrow on the drop down 'Service Name' menu.
    *Make sure that you select the exact service that you want to uninstall.
    Click 'Next'.
    Make sure that the service name appears correctly on this screen.
    Click 'Finish'.

     

    That service will be uninstalled. You must reboot the computer to complete the operation.

     

    I have tested this file on several Vista systems and it does work properly.

     

    Let us know how this works.



    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the right of this message.
    This will help others who are having this issue find the answer faster.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, May 30, 2008 11:23 PM
    Moderator
  • Ronnie,

     

    Thanks for providing an answer.

     

    I think I will be pretty safe removing a service. 

     

    1. The service name does not return in any Technet search.

    2. The service name does NOT return in any (English) Internet (MSN Live/Google/Yahoo) search.

    3. The service was already designated as a Manual start.

    4. The service references an exe in a TEMP folder.(suspicious?)

    5. That exe no longer exists.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 3:43 PM
  • Ray

     

    It sounds like you are safe and 'good to go' with this.

     

    This does sound like some type of malware that your antivirus program or anti spyware program may have intercepted and cleaned.  Sometimes these programs are able to render the malware ineffective, but they may leave a reference to a removed file somewhere in the system.

     

    Could you let us know the name of this service, just so we can document it for any other users that may have the same issue?

     

    Thanks,

     


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 4:41 PM
    Moderator
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