Windows 10: File Association Helper in Startup Solved

  1. Posts : 131
    Windows 10 Home ver 1803
       08 May 2018 #1

    File Association Helper in Startup

    Just noticed this program called File Association Helper in my Start up.

    Google told me it is not malicious and probably installed with Winzip. Also google said malware often masquerades under that name.

    All solutions I read said to uninstall from Windows. But when I go to Settings > Apps it is not there?
    I then went to Control Panel > Uninstall programs and its not there either?

    Just ran Adwcleaner and nothing found.

    How do I delete it?
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  2.    08 May 2018 #2

    As this post on indicates you can turn this off by disabling it in Startup: ASSOCIATION FILE HELPER - Microsoft Community. You can try looking for it in Task Manager on the Startup tab. If it doesn't show up there, try the Microsoft/Sysinternals Autoruns utility instead.
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  3. Posts : 131
    Windows 10 Home ver 1803
    Thread Starter
       12 May 2018 #3

    I have disabled 'File Association Helper' in Startup.

    So how do I delete this crap if it is not in Control Panel?
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  4.    14 May 2018 #4

    Jeddie said: View Post
    I have disabled 'File Association Helper' in Startup.

    So how do I delete this crap if it is not in Control Panel?
    from another forum on May 6, 2018:
    You can uninstall File Association Helper in less than 5 minutes. Here are the steps to follow:

    Step 1 — Uninstall File Association Helper via Control Panel

    Simply go to Start > type Control Panel > double click the first result to launch Control Panel.
    Then go to Uninstall a program > locate File Association Helper in the list and select it
    Select Uninstall > wait until Windows completely removes FAH from your PC.
    Restart your PC.
    Step 2 — Clean the Registry Editor

    Now that you removed the program, you also need to remove any traces or file changes associated with it. To do that, you need to open the Registry Editor.

    Go to Start > type “regedit” > launch the Registry Editor
    Locate the following keys and delete them:
    KEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareFile Association Helper
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareFile Association Helper

    Step 3 — Check all the hidden files and folders

    File Association Helper may have left behind various hidden files and folders. In order to completely remove the software, you can also need to delete these files. Here’s how to do that:

    Simply go to Start > type Control Panel > double click the first result to launch Control Panel. On Windows 10, you can also type “Show hidden files and folder” in the search box. Then simply check Show hidden files, folders and drives and jump straight to step number 3.
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    Go to Folder > select Show Hidden Files and Folders
    Locate the following folders:
    C:Program FilesFile Association Helper
    Cocument and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataFile Association Helper
    Cocuments and Settings%USER%Application DataFile Association Helper

    4. Delete them and then restart your PC.

    Step 4 — Empty Temp Folder

    The final step is to clean the Temp folder where all the temporary files are stored. To empty the folder, go to Start and type the %temp% command.

    This will open the Temp folders. You can now empty them. If the system displays an error message when deleting some files, leave them. The files might be in use by Windows services or some running software.

    Step 5 — Use a dedicated tool to remove software leftovers

    After you performed all the steps listed above, you have removed 99.9% of all the files and folders left behind by File Association Helper. However, there may be a few file that escaped your scrutiny. In order to make sure that you have removed all of them, you can also use a dedicated software uninstaller.

    These applications are specially designed to remove the selected application along with all of its files and registry entries. As a result, the application will be completely removed from your PC.

    There are many great uninstaller tools available on the market, but the best are IOBit Uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller so feel free to try any of these tools.
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  5. Posts : 131
    Windows 10 Home ver 1803
    Thread Starter
       19 May 2018 #5

    Update: Here's what worked.

    Downloaded Revo Uninstaller (my first time using this) and it appeared as a programme despite not appearing in 'Programs an Features'

    Then I simply uninstalled.
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