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Getting rid of foistware

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Best way in getting rid of foistware is uninstalling it via Programs and feature uninstall list. You don't need any other program paid or free to do it for you.



Foistware - Software that is installed without the user's knowledge or consent, often bundled with another product



Types of Foistware


MyStart by incredibar

Avg secure search

Babylone toolbar


Ask toolbar

Ask toolbar updater

Search Protection

FileHippo.com Update Checker
FrostWire 5.6.3
Frostwire Toolbar (Version:


And many others......


If there is a program that you did not install, or had no notion of it being installed, then it is Foistware!

Edited by xradb22t

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Hi xradb22t,


Don't you think the uninstallers are rather bad since AdwCleaner usually finds a lot of traces of the toolbars etc. after the uninstallations?

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Well this explains that the built in standard Add and Remove Program doesn't seem to uninstall applications completely which often leaves broken registry key's and unnecessary files on the hard disk .


For this, freeware like Revo Uninstaller were created, making Revo much of a better choice over the standard Add and Remove program feature. Not only it uninstalls the program, but searches for left over files and registry keys which are shown as blue jigsaw puzzles and removes them. After this process, all traces of the foistware programs are removed.


If only users knew about this program.



All of this was in response to Mystart by Incredibar started by BeasByte.


If only there was a pinned topic on the forum which showed users how to remove toolbars and other malicous items, which they

can refer to before posting for help on the forum.

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The standard Add and Remove Program only calls the uninstallers of the programs.


I'll pin this topic.

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