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How do I remove PC Performer Manager from Firefox extensions?

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I installed some software called PC Performer Manager, which included an extension in Firefox. I uninstalled the software (I think) because I didn't like it and disabled the extension, but it is still there. I have even removed Firefox from my system and when I reinstalled the software the extension was still there! How do I get this stubborn program off my computer? Thank you so much!

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Tyler Downer
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https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cannot%20uninstall%20an%20add-on#w_globally-installed-extensions should help.

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Okay, I deleted that particular file listed from the program folder, but under the troubleshoot menu it is still listed and it is still listed under my extensions as disabled. I rebooted firefox to same effect.

Tyler Downer
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Hello,

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Thank you.

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Nope. Still didn't work. It is still listed in both places.

Question owner

Is it possible it is still present somewhere else in my computer?

cor-el
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Extensions that do not have a "Remove" button are installed by other software and are not under control of the Firefox extension manager.
Such globally installed extensions are usually found via a registry scan or are installed in a location that Firefox scans for installed extensions.

Extensions installed this way need to be removed via the settings (options/preferences) of the program that has added this extension.
In Firefox you an only disable such an extension.

Question owner

Can you explain more clearly the steps on how to remove this from my registry? Thank you.

cor-el
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You can use the registry editor to see if you can locate the extension via this key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\<extension-id>

Then you can see where the extension is located on the hard drive and probably identify which program installed.
You can remove the <extension-id> registry key of this extension to remove it from Firefox.

Be careful with editing the registry as there is NO UNDO possible: all changes are applied immediately.Be careful with editing the registry as there is NO UNDO possible: all changes are applied immediately.

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.


Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

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Cor-el:

What is the registry editor? I'm not sure what you want me to do with that file name. Thanks.

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Colbabomb:

I'm trying to remove the program PC Performer Manager. It is very stubborn and I seem to have disabled it, but it is clearly in my system still. Things like the REVO Uninstaller have not worked as I already removed it from my uninstall feature on the control panel.

Which of these programs do you suggest? None of my anti-spyware and anti-virus have worked!

(Now I'm having a similar problem with SpyHunter 4! Not a very useful program when you can't fix the errors it finds. Yuck!)

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How do I access my registry files in Windows 7?
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/access-registry-files-windows-7/

Question owner

The only files in that folder are one labeled default, and two from a different extension.

TheOldFox 110 solutions 619 answers

Many references on the internet indicate that PC Performer is malware.

See the following for removal instructions - http://en.kioskea.net/faq/29282-uninstall-pc-performer

Also see the following for additional free malware cleaner applications and links to malware removal forums for assistance if needed - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware#w_how-do-i-get-rid-of-malware

Waka_Flocka_Flame
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Have you tried Malwarebytes?

Question owner

Thank you all for your advice. I ended up going through the registry and deleting every file I found on searches on for "PC Performer" as well as "SpyHunter."

It seemed to delete the PC Performer extension on Firefox, but SpyHunter is still loaded on my system tray. I am not supportive of these hard to delete programs!

Do you recommend I still run malware bytes for either of these?

TheOldFox 110 solutions 619 answers

Though it is a little time consuming, it never hurts to scan your system on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly depending on your internet activities) for malware infections with a secondary scanner (something other than your regular anti-virus/anti-spyware application). This should be part of your regular system maintenance routine.

  • Each malware removal program uses it own processes to find malware, therefore, one program may find something that another does not.
  • Always use only the FREE versions for secondary scanning and never have more than one "real-time" scanner running at any one time (most of the FREE scanners do not have real-time scanners).
  • Always keep your primary firewall and anti-virus/anti-spyware software up to date. Keep the "real-time" scanner always running on your primary AV/AS application.

The free versions of the malware removal applications listed in the following article are some of the best for use as secondary scanners. Also, the forums listed in that article are staffed by malware removal "experts" to help you clean your system.

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