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Control Panel: Add/Remove Programs screwed up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Allie_, Sep 22, 2007.

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  1. Allie_

    Allie_ Thread Starter

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    Something is wrong with Add or Remove programs. I've posted a screenshot below. Basically, there is NO button to uninstall anything, it's like everything's disappeared. I have no idea what happened!

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    See- there's no information on the right side at ALL. I am the admin. Could it be a virus? I have no idea :confused:

    Help would be appreciated, a lot. :)
     
  2. wizzy2k5

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    This is the first time I have seen this, not to sure about a virus but what you could do is check to see if one is presant. Do a scan with your anti-virus program and anti-spyware program, my advice is if you want some good ones than AVG or Avast is fine for the Anti Virus and for spyware use Spybot Search and Destroy, you may want to post a HiJack This Log as well incase something else is wrong, i am not sure how to read these logs as yet so another user may help with this.
    I hope I have been some help
     
  3. Allie_

    Allie_ Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I installed Spybot S&D, (I can install.. I just can't uninstall things), and it doesn't seem to be a virus.
    BUT, looking in Add/Remove programs now, I am able to uninstal Spybot S&D.

    So I'm guessing that whatever I install from now on, can be uninstalled. It's just the stuff that I already have installed can't be uninstalled. Hopefully that made sense? :p
     
  4. Claymore

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    It could be a bit of tedious job if you have a lot of programs missing 'Remove", but you can take a look at this:

    WinXpTutor - Add-Remove fix
     
  5. Allie_

    Allie_ Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestion, Claymore. But when I open up the 'Uninstall' directory in the Registry Editor, there are NO programs listed under it.

    This confuses me. You would think that if none of the programs showed up, that they weren't installed? But they all are installed, and they all work. :confused:
     
  6. Claymore

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    Very strange, as that's where Add or Remove Programs gets it entries from. No sub-keys under the Uninstall key? Do you remember the last time it was working? If so, and it wasn't too long ago, you could do a System Restore back to that time. You would have to re-install anything you installed since then, though.
     
  7. devil_himself

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    If they Are Present Under Add\Remove Programs they Should also be under the Registry Key .. Look Carefully
     
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