The Correct Way Of "Cleansing" Your Computer of RTG Casinos + Info Requested

takethemoney

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I'm getting ready to dump all of them, for the most part, save for iNetbet. I will uninstall that one too, but will reinstall later. I've come to the conclusion that, for the average player, unless you hit a random jackpot, for the most part it can't be done. By the grace of some RJ's, I've managed to come out, but.....in ordinary game play, what I have found is that something has once again gone down hill. Features are fewer and what they pay when they do trigger is much less than they used to. I noticed a huge decline about 2 weeks before Christmas and have played many sessions in both real and fun mode. RTG has implemented a max coin pay as well. Anyway, this thread was about uninstallation and there is a proper way to do it, but I need to know how to deep clean the computer afterwards.

Here is what I know so far:

1.Take a tablet and record all your casino names, username and passwords. We should be keeping track of these anyway to be assured that none of us open multiple accounts.

2. Uninstall the software in the control panel / programs and features. Sometimes these casinos will not uninstall, for whatever reason. When this happens the next step is to open Windows Explorer and find the actual casino folder, then just delete it.

These being done, RTG has a memory which is stored in the registry. This, I don't understand entirely, but from what I do know, it keeps your username, etc. If and when you reinstall a previously uninstalled casino it will remember your username among other things.

What I need to know is how to wipe the disc space that was previously occupied by the casino, as well as eliminate the registry entries from them. I just want to eliminate any possibility that these softwares were cross corrupting or tracking in any way. I have a theory on this stuff, but no proof. I just want to do this for my own project.

So, anyone know how to completely wipe them off the hard drive? I do not wish to format my hard drive and reinstall all my other apps.
 

ksech

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You can do a search of ALL files and folders on all drives. You'll be surprised where some of the casino stuff will be hidden. It may take a while (especially if you have a lot of casinos installed) and you will want to include the casinos which actually uninstalled under the add/remove programs from the control panel.

Hope this helps!
 

bb28

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CCleaner is a neat little free program. It has it's own uninstall feature, also it is a feature where you can clean up the registry of those pesky leftovers. I've gotten rid of several rtg's via this method. :) The program also gives you the option to do some clean up on your temp files and left overs from the web. The program also has a feature that will let you wipe your free disk space which you indicated you wanted to do.
 

vinylweatherman

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What you want is a logged install, which produces a detailed log of everything done. This comes with third party "complete uninstall" softwares, but in order to work, the software has to first be installed with this package running.

Do the above with a single RTG casino and find the install log from one such third party product. Although specific to that one casino, it will show you in general terms what and where for RTG installs in general. You should then be able to figure out a way to look for the leftovers from the others.

Left over traces are common for all software, and do gradually degrade the perfomance of a PC, and often the only true cure is a clean install of the OS and start again. As this is such a task, these packages and cleaners have been produced so as to enable users to maintain a relatively clean and tuned OS without having to resort to the clean reinstall.

The OS on my PC is in dire need of reinstall, as no amount of CCleaner-ing and Advanced System Care - ing will fix what ails it now. Software I have installed and uninstalled over the years has left so much buried crap behind that no amount of tinkering makes much difference. I also have a dead second hard drive, which doesn't help, even though NOTHING is now supposed to be making calls to files on it after I tweaked some settings.

I hope to do this and upgrade some hardware at the same time, hopefully to get a better performance where it counts, MPV and Slotsmeister, as well as streaming TV catch-up. I may get a new PC when Windows 8 comes along, as 7 would seem to be on the way out. If 8 is a turkey however (like Vista), I may end up regretting this.

I would like to know how to COMPLETELY remove Microgaming so that I can properly do my regular deep clean and reinstall due to the progressive nature of bugginess introduced during all those monthly updates (several times a month now:mad:).
 

Seventh777

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For a thorough clean (and this beats any registry deep cleaner out there including regcure), click on start>run>regedit>edit>find, type in the name of the casino you want to remove, if there are two names eg golden nugget type them as one word, hit return, when it finds a file delete it and click the f3 button, rinse and repeat until all traces are found and deleted.
 

bb28

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For a thorough clean (and this beats any registry deep cleaner out there including regcure), click on start>run>regedit>edit>find, type in the name of the casino you want to remove, if there are two names eg golden nugget type them as one word, hit return, when it finds a file delete it and click the f3 button, rinse and repeat until all traces are found and deleted.

Caution should be the name of the game when deleting registry entries because if you make a boo boo, your computer could be hosed and require a complete re-installation of your os. Editing the registry manually is not for the faint of heart.
 

Seventh777

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Caution should be the name of the game when deleting registry entries because if you make a boo boo, your computer could be hosed and require a complete re-installation of your os. Editing the registry manually is not for the faint of heart.

I think manually is a far better way than using registry cleaners, how many people check every single file when regcure etc returns an error list of several thousand? :eek:
 

bb28

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I think manually is a far better way than using registry cleaners, how many people check every single file when regcure etc returns an error list of several thousand? :eek:

It probably is better, IF you know what you are doing. :D
 

trade

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I would try downloading Malwarebytes, free from CNET. I recently did this and even though I had removed what I thought were all my casinos to clean up my machine, it still found files I did not know existed. The Malware program did seem to ultimately slow my computer significantly, so once I cleaned things up, I also removed it. As others have said before here, the malware program does view MG files as Malware, but it wasn't a big deal for me to reinstall any I wanted afterwards. Good luck! :thumbsup:
 

pmutts

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I like the free Revo Uninstaller

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Better yet--if you have the time:

Back up all documents, photos, and other personal files.

Do a clean install of Windows (or other operation system)

Install all updates

Reinstall all your applications

Use Norton Ghost or Acronis to make a "One time Backup" of your clean installation

Now whenever you feel the need to completely rid your computer of casinos or any other crapware, just back up your personal files again and restore your One Time Back Up of your Clean Installation.

Yes, it is a lot of work and very time consuming but once you have your backup you HAVE it. You will not have to go through the long process again.
 

chayton

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I was just going to mention Revo - I was having trouble getting an Adobe product to completely uninstall and found Revo, it gets a lot of those pesky files that are hidden all over. You do have to be careful with things like shared files though.
 

dinahbrand

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Please be careful with the registry. Go to run > type in regedit > hit OK > go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > click on + to open > click on + next to software to open > scroll down and you will see Real Time Gaming and all their casinos listed. You can delete the whole category or just click and delete certain casinos.
 

Realitybitez

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Please be careful with the registry. Go to run > type in regedit > hit OK > go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > click on + to open > click on + next to software to open > scroll down and you will see Real Time Gaming and all their casinos listed. You can delete the whole category or just click and delete certain casinos.


Wow that was amazing! I followed your instruction to the letter and there were 'HEAPS' of casinos with left overs still in my pc!:eek2: Cleanup time :p

Thanks heaps for that:D
 
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