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Uninstall program via Group Policy or...?

Kasper Katzmann
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Is there a smart way to uninstall a specific program on all clients on my network?

Can I use Group Policy or scripting to do it?

Case:
Many of my users have accidentialy installed Google Toolbar and instead of uninstalling it manually on each machine I would like to perform the task in one step.


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Kasper Katzmann
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Well, the smart way is SMS...lol.

Group Policy cannot do it.

Scripting could do it, but I'm unaware of if their is an uninstaller for Google toolbar that can be ran from a command line or not.

Their website doesn't say.



Kasper KatzmannSeniorkonsulent

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I found this on http:// www.gpanswers.com:

If you have a lot of this going on in your environment, you can configure Group Policies to block the installation in the first place with Software Restriction policy settings.

Also, if you can find devices with the tool already installed, then you could browse the registry on that device and look up the uninstallation command:Code:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{App_Code_or_Name}\UninstallString

Then you could configure a Computer Startup script to run that uninstall command or use any other appropriate mechanism to deploy it.
Yes, but for Google Toolbar I'm not aware of such an uninstall string.  You have to basically visit their site to run the uninstall.

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