How to remove Adguard

To correctly delete Adguard, use the following standard procedure.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. If you are using Windows XP, double-click the Add/Remove Programs link.
  4. If you are using Windows Vista/7/8, click the Programs and Features icon.
  5. Wait for the list of programs to be populated.
  6. Select Adguard from the list.
  7. Click Uninstall.

The instruction below is intended for users who cannot use the standard procedure for this or that reason.

This can occur in several cases:

  • There was an incorrect Adguard uninstall attempt before (for instance, the program folder was manually deleted).
  • Some Windows components were installed incorrectly (e.g. Microsoft .NET Framework) and it can't be fixed.
  • Other reasons not covered in this article.

First of all, you'll need to download two utilities.

  1. Download LSPFix. It can be found here or here.
  2. Unzip the lspfix.zip file.
  3. If you are using Windows 7, 8 or Vista, tick the Run as administrator option on the Compatibility tab of the LSPFix.exe file properties page.
  4. Download Windows Install Clean Up from here.
  5. Run the downloaded file (msicuu2.exe) and follow the instructions.

Let's proceed to program uninstall now.

  1. Launch LSPFix.exe. A window like the one below will open: LSPFix window
  2. Tick the I know what I'm doing box in the center of this window.
  3. Find a redirect.dll file in the list located in the left part of the window. If there is no such file in the list, skip the following two steps.
  4. Select the redirect.dll file and click the >> button.
  5. Click Finish.
  6. Launch Windows Install Clean Up (its icon should be in the Start menu).
  7. The window of the launched program looks like this: Windows Install Clean Up window
  8. Find Adguard in the list and select this line.
  9. Click Remove.
  10. Restart the computer
  11. Use the regedit registry editor to remove the following registry keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adguard and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adguard (if you are using Windows x64, the paths to these records will be different: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Adguard and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wow6432Node\Adguard)
  12. You can now delete the Adguard folder with files (located at C:\Program Files\Adguard by default).