Can't get rid of in HKEY area

Posted on 2004-11-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have Spy Watch (BPS Spyware Remover).  It continues to identify Gator in  the HKEY area (Root and Software), a warning.  I remove them manually from the HKEY area but soon Gator comes right back.  

How the devil can I get Gator to go away.  I have plenty of Adware Software.  Is there a place I can go to delete it manually?  Forever??


Question by:danhrmr
    LVL 33

    Assisted Solution

    Check for these item in the RUN and RUNONCE keys...


    Delete them if you see them then run a Full AD-Aware scan (from    That should remove this annoying program.   Make sure you get the latest Adaware SE and update the def file before running the scan.  

    Good luck.

    LVL 20

    Accepted Solution

    I always use this in conjunction with adaware (make sure to update defs first)
    SPybot Search and Destroy

    and then clean up any extra entries/stragglers with this
    HijackThis 1.98.2

    Run it and save the logfile, copy it and post it here, then click on analyse,
    HijackThis log file analysis

    Google for any entries that you're not sure about, or post them here (don't post the entire log file though)

    It also really pays to scan first with a good virus scanner that will also detect and delete trojans - if you're running windows xp / Me and the scan detects a virus or trojan, you'll need to disable your system restore and then run it again.
    Trend Housecall
    Panda Activescan

    If these still don't delete the problem then ensure that no files or folders or system files are hidden - Tools Menu in a folder - folder options - view menu - ensure that all file types are viewable and apply to all folders.

    Then restart in safe mode and run the scans from ad-aware and spybot again,

    Deb :))


    Author Comment

    Mike:  Didn't find the items in the HKEY area.  sorry.

    Deb:  Ran SpyBot and it worked!  However, I'm giving Mike some points for effort.  
    450 to 50.  Thanks!!   Dan.......
    LVL 20

    Expert Comment

    Glad to help!
    Deb :))
    LVL 33

    Expert Comment

    Glad you got that one cleaned - its annoying.

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