Tidying up after uninstalling casinos...

Mousey

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Every now and then I go to C: drive and just look around... Goodness at the mess Microgaming had left behind. Over the many years of gambling, I've probably (at one time or another) had hundreds of casinos installed, though not much more than a handful on this computer I purchased 3 years ago. Anyway... even though I uninstalled the MG casinos ages ago, I found a folder called Microgaming and one named MGS in the the Program Data folder. I deleted those two and got 11+ gig of space back. Yowser!

Now... can someone tell me other things to look for to clean up after all these casinos? MG.... Rivals... RTG... etc?
 

Diane

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Every now and then I go to C: drive and just look around... Goodness at the mess Microgaming had left behind. Over the many years of gambling, I've probably (at one time or another) had hundreds of casinos installed, though not much more than a handful on this computer I purchased 3 years ago. Anyway... even though I uninstalled the MG casinos ages ago, I found a folder called Microgaming and one named MGS in the the Program Data folder. I deleted those two and got 11+ gig of space back. Yowser!

Now... can someone tell me other things to look for to clean up after all these casinos? MG.... Rivals... RTG... etc?

Technically challenged as I am, I just go look periodically for casino names in my list of programs and delete the ones I tried and didn't like or didn't play much at. So you are saying there is left over "junk" on my computer potentially tying up space after an uninstall?

Oh man!!

Diane
 

vinylweatherman

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Technically challenged as I am, I just go look periodically for casino names in my list of programs and delete the ones I tried and didn't like or didn't play much at. So you are saying there is left over "junk" on my computer potentially tying up space after an uninstall?

Oh man!!

Diane

In the case of Microgaming, there is around 11Gig or more of "junk" left behind, and the uninstaller doesn't touch it. Sometimes even the stuff that is SUPPOSED to get removed is left behind.

The other place that tends to get left with "junk" is the registry. This can make your PC slower, especially with older versions of Windows.
 

ksech

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You can run a search of all files and folders on your computer. As VWM has stated, MG is noted for filing items in the registry. Years ago when I first started with online gambling and was naive about the rogue casinos I had a heck of a time deleting some of the roguish RTG casinos ( and it wasn't just the Virtual group I had problems deleting...) from my computer. The only way I was successful was to do a complete repartition/reformat, then I was very careful about which casino I was downloading/installing.

These hidden files leave "footprints" which some call "cookies" and this is how/why you get some of these obnoxious spam emails. They're tracking where you've been, even though it may have been years ago.

You can try typing in "casino" in the search box, make sure you click on all files and all folders on all drives. The search may take a bit, especially if you have a large HD. You may be surprised at what you find :), casinos you thought you had deleted may have left little goodies behind.

And in case you haven't done it in a while, or have never done it... you may want to defragment your computer, especially if you've deleted a large amount of stuff. You're computer should run faster...
 

Seventh777

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By far the safest and effective way to clean your registry is start>run>regedit, in options go to edit and find, in the box type microgaming and search, when it locates a MG file, delete it and press f3, rinse and repeat until it finds no more, I guarantee that the best registry cleaners out there miss loads of registry entries, I use CCleaner, Regcure, and Revo and all three find files the other two have missed.
 

Nate

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By far the safest and effective way to clean your registry is start>run>regedit, in options go to edit and find, in the box type microgaming and search, when it locates a MG file, delete it and press f3, rinse and repeat until it finds no more, I guarantee that the best registry cleaners out there miss loads of registry entries, I use CCleaner, Regcure, and Revo and all three find files the other two have missed.

I would only recommend that for advanced users. Killing an entry in the registry that was not meant to be killed can result in all sorts of problems. Sure, I have done it before but be cautioned beginners :)

I have recently 'Cleaned up' a few casinos by means of the 'Uninstall Option'. I am yet to remove some of the junk it left behind. These casino installations can also take a toll on your Antivirus, specifically when you do a full scan. You might find that 60% of the time it took to scan was from the MG / RTG directories.

Nate
 

chayton

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These casino installations can also take a toll on your Antivirus, specifically when you do a full scan. You might find that 60% of the time it took to scan was from the MG / RTG directories.

No kidding, one night I decided to run a boot time scan, I started it and went to bed, woke up halfway through the night and my poor antivirus was still slogging through my MG directory.
 

Nate

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No kidding, one night I decided to run a boot time scan, I started it and went to bed, woke up halfway through the night and my poor antivirus was still slogging through my MG directory.

I feel your pain LooHoo... I want to actually try and remove the folder from the scan options. But hey, you never know, a trojan can stick itself in there and you would be none the wiser!

Nate
 

pmutts

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I recommend the free Revo Uninstaller

This is a great tool for uninstalling garbage left behind. Just be sure you verify the registry entries prior to deleting.
 
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