1.    28 Jul 2015 #1
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    Bug: Notifications Remnants & Defender Off After Antivirus Uninstall


    This seems like a bug or, at least, messy leftovers.

    I uninstalled Bitdefender Antivirus but it is still showing up in the list of apps to show notifications for.

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    The Windows Defender services have not started back up either and the settings page is greyed out.

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    I'm not worried about Windows Defender, I expect I can get it running if I wanted to, just thought I'd point this out.

    I would like to get rid of Bitdefender in the notifications list though. Anyone know of a safe registry hack for this?
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  2.    28 Jul 2015 #2

    Did you use the BitDefender Uninstall Tool?

    Uninstall Bitdefender
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  3.    28 Jul 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanWade View Post
    Did you use the BitDefender Uninstall Tool?

    Uninstall Bitdefender
    I did the Uninstall via the Programs and Features applet.

    There doesn't seem to be a tool, in that link, for the free version; just trial and paid.
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  4.    28 Jul 2015 #4

    Use the Trial version link.
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  5.    28 Jul 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanWade View Post
    Use the Trial version link.
    It seems like the links for all the Bitdefender products point to the same uninstall tool. The version I had wasn't listed but I ran the tool anyway. Unfortunately there is no change, Bitdefender's still in the notification list, Windows Defender is not running and the settings are still greyed out.
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  6.    28 Jul 2015 #6
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    It occurred to me that I uninstalled Bitdefender under the buggy KB3074681 update, so that may have been the cause of the issue.

    I installed Bitdefender again but to another location. This gave a second Bitdefender entry in the notifications list. I uninstalled it and the second notification entry went as well.

    So, I installed Bitdefender for a third time. I installed it to the original location of the first install. No additional entry appeared in the notifications list. I then uninstalled it and low and behold... it's still in the notifications list. Grrr...

    I removed all plain text references to Bitdefender from the registry but to no effect.

    I suspect this annoying remnant is due to the buggy KB3074681 update.

    If anyone has any ideas I'd like to hear them.
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