Can’t/Cannot Uninstall ICQ 6 Toolbar/Search?

March 5, 2013 Updated: How to Remove ICQ v8?

To fully uninstall ICQ ver.8, we’d better exactly know the installed items that have modified our Windows system – and if you wanna remove ICQ ASAP, you can ignore the following details (Step 1 ~ Step 3) and use this smart uninstaller to thoroughly uninstall your unwanted ICQ client and related optional items:

  • Step 1: Select the application language:
    • English (by default) / украї́нська / Português /…

    Uninstall ICQ 8 - 1

  • Step 2: (Installation options)
    • "Make your homepage"(NOTE To fully uninstall ICQ, you may need to manually restore your previous home page, remove [email protected] (from search provider) and its potentially unneeded toolbar software. See other options below.)
    • "Make [email protected] the default search engine"
    • "Install ICQ Toolbar"

    Uninstall ICQ 8 - 2

  • Step 3: Installation stages
  • Additional Step: ICQ Internet browser

How Do I manually uninstall ICQ completely?

Tips & Recommendation: If you would like to quickly uninstall your current version of ICQ program, then please let this smart uninstall tool do the task for you.

  1. To safely and smoothly remove ICQ 8 on my Windows 7 system, I first log on to my computer via its superuser account, save and close other using stuff; for the running main application ICQ, then I find it in taskbar and right click on its app tray on the menu, launch option "Exit the application". See my attached image below for more tips if you just find it – you can also run Task Manager, locate the running ICQ in Applications tab, run End Task option for it to properly get rid of ICQ 8 on your own system.
  2. Then I hit the Windows 7 Start Orb button and click All Programs entry on the menu.
  3. I enter the ICQ folder and run the "Uninstall ICQ" application in it.
  4. Then I see the following Uninstall ICQ window (Step 1 of 1) displayed; and to fully uninstall ICQ including its potentially unneeded "history and application settings", I enable that option for those items and click Finish button on it.
  5. You can also find the following "ICQ 8.0 (build 6003, for the current user)" project on Uninstall or change a program and then, you launch Uninstall/Change option for it to automatically uninstall ICQ from Programs and Features.
  6. As I’ve mentioned above, to fully uninstall ICQ, I need to remove the mentioned [email protected] from Firefox’s Manage Search Engine List and restore my Google then.
  7. Then I go to the Aurora’s Add-ons Manager and then uninstall ICQ Toolbar (Homepage, http://start.icq[dot]com) (by launching the provided Disable option for it).
  8. Launching Restart now option, I enter my Aurora’s Options part, remove the following URL "http://start.icq[dot]com" from Home Page item to cleanly uninstall ICQ and then, I click OK to close Options and close all the Aurora tabs (windows) to check out my steps above.
  9. I find the ICQ Search remaining Manage Search Engine List, well, well, I have to remove it manually then.
  10. OKay, then I open my Windows Internet Explorer 9, remove the two items (http://start.icq[dot]com in Home page; [email protected] in Search Providers) I’ve mentioned above from it to totally uninstall ICQ.
  11. To cleanly uninstall ICQ, I wanna manually detect and remove its additional program traces in my system.
    • C:\Users\Test\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStore\XNFR5K1D, search.icq[1] (XML Document (.xml))
    • C:\Users\Test\AppData\Roaming\ICQM, ICQ (File folder)
    • C:\Users\Test\AppData\Roaming, ICQM (File folder)
    • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3D3A8143-CFAC-46f8-B19F-407F46E9E524}, "(Default) – Mail.Ru ICQTag"
    • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3D3A8143-CFAC-46f8-B19F-407F46E9E524}\InprocServer32, "(Default) – C:\Users\(your username)\AppData\Roaming\ICQM\ICQ\dll\mratag.dll"
    • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7C9E7B90-88EC-4852-AC7A-C938268A5D04}, "(Default) – MRACMenu_icq Class"

Wanna Disable ICQ and Its Related Item from Running at Windows Startup? Or You Have Been Annoyed Conflicting Anti-Virus Issues Related to GuardMailRu Module or Others? Wanna Learn More Tips to Resolve Topics Related with ICQ before You Take Actions to Remove It?

Please, follow this tip for managing currently installed programs in your system: 1) Check items added to System Configuration – Startup section. Locate and then set option Manual or Automatic (Deleayed Start) for the Service(s) item(s) related with the program. 2) Try to remove some unwanted program(s) or unused software component(s) from your computer to speed up your Windows, and to prevent some unknown antivirus, Firewall conflict problems.

And people who wanna uninstall ICQ to change it for other instant messenger, i.e., the Yahoo! Messenger, or Google Talk, you can refer to my Youtube video guide below to manually uninstall ICQ from your computer and, what’s more, for computer beginners there, it’s kindly recommended running the best uninstall tool as a local system administrator to effectively uninstall ICQ and then safely delete its unneeded traces including restore your homepage for your installed web browsers.

Note You may need to first save and shut down the active main program and other running browser window(s), then you could refer to the following options listed to uninstall ICQ 7.7. If you have problem following the step by step actions below, please run this smart uninstall tool to force uninstall ICQ on your computer!

Option One: Run the supplied Uninstaller Program to uninstall ICQ

  • Open up Start menu, select Programs (for Windows XP SP3 Operating System) or All Programs (for newer Microsoft Windows OS, such as Windows 7 or Windows Vista)
  • Locate the entry or file folder for ICQ software [named ICQ7.7].
  • Launch the Uninstall application in it as admin to downgrade or automatically uninstall ICQ 7.7.
  • If administrator approval required, you then click Yes on Windows UAC.
    • Program location: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{77F665FD-3F60-4B0A-AE14-EC124B7A7R}-runfromtemp -I0x0009 -removeonly"

  • You then go on clicking Yes button on ICQ 7.7 Uninstall, “In order to continue you need to exit your ICQ. Exit ICQ now?”.
  • Click on OK on ICQ 7.7 Uninstall window, “Are you sure you want to uninstall? … (Not recommended if you plan to reinstall ICQ 7.7 on this computer)”.
  • Click Finish.
  • Tell your ICQ experience by selecting the options listed, "Technical", "Usage", and/or "Other"; or you can also click Cancel button on the Feedback Form (Figure 6)

Option Two: Run Windows uninstall utility to uninstall ICQ

  • Click Start > open Control Panel > visit All Programs – Uninstall a program entry
  • You may need to wait seconds for the Currently installed programs list to be displayed.
  • Scroll down and right click on ICQ 7.7 entry and, select option Uninstall to start uninstalling it.
  • Again, you click OK on that ICQ 7.7 Uninstall window you will see.

Additional Mission: How to restore Home page, Search Provider and other changed items to fully uninstall ICQ 7.7?

This section will show you how to restore settings related with Web browser(s) installed, which would apply to Windows Internet Explorer 9/8/6, Mozilla Firefox 10/12/newer versions of it.

For IE users:

  • Launch ICQ Toolbar on Organize portion.
  • You can select option No on the following information from IE and the "Uninstall ICQ Toolbar" page will inform you that "You have successfully uninstalled ICQ Toolbar version 3.0. To complete the process, you must close all browser windows. If you would like to re-install ICQ Toolbar, go to www.icq[dot]com/download/toolbar.".
  • open Windows Internet Explorer >check, restore Internet options & Manage add-ons.
  • Save and shut down the webpage(s) you open
  • Re-open your Web browser(s) installed to check

For Firefox users

  • You click the title of Firefox, then Add-ons entry in it and then, Extensions, perform the Remove operation from it, click on "Restart now" link. You may encounter [JavaScript Application] info box, asking “An attempt to change your search engine was detected. Do you want to prevent the change?”, you then click on OK on it
  • Open up Manage Search Engines List, select the option Remove for ICQ Search and then click OK on Manage Search Engines List. Click on Firefox, select Options > Options in the subfolder > select option "Restore to Default" for Home Page section > click OK (Figure 15, 16).
  • For some (secure) plugin or antivirus program conflict issues, you may need to remove Guard.ICQ by to completely uninstall ICQ: click Yes on “Deleting browser protection service (Guard.ICQ)”, “This browser protection service (Guard.ICQ) protects…”.
  • In case the icq Search remained, please review the video guide and it’s recommended that you run the perfect uninstaller to detect and clean ICQ registry traces remained.

For top computer users, to fully uninstall ICQ, you can try to manually delete file and registry leftovers associated with it.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ICQ, Default
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ICQ\ICQToolBar, ToolBandLayout, and more
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Audio\PolicyConfig\PropertyStore\50b4d2ca_0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\ICQ\ICQToolBar
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\ICQ\ICQToolBar\Settings\General, FIRSTURL, UninstallURL
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{6552C7DD-90A4-4387-B795-F8F96747DE19}, DisplayName
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\Debug, StoreLocation – C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\AppCrash_ICQ7.exe_a794b3e8138fb7405dee7f8dad31dea1b9f5c158_0af8d849
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Persisted, C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{77F665FD-3F60-4B0A-AE14-EC124B7A7FCE}\ICQ7.exe – 1

If you have been annoyed with any error(s) crash your chat application, you could then try to reset > re-install the version you installed; or you review the video tutorial to completely remove it; reinstall it later on.

Note Error, “Helper window (Code:0)”

Note “This ICQ version is not available for use this country. …”

Note “You have disabled direct communication with previous (less secure) clients”

Note “Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\ICQlite\ICQLite.exe abnormal program termination”.

Note VKontakte “Error: Cannot connect to the server”

If you can fix or resolve the mentioned application error above, please use the following Auto Uninstaller to thoroughly uninstall ICQ and reinstall it with the newer version of it, I mean ver.8.

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