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Windows 7: Mailbird: All the Makings of Malware

07 Apr 2017   #1

Win 7 Pro/64-bit
Mailbird: All the Makings of Malware

With all the pushing of "Mailbird" client, it surprises there are more people complaining about it. I loaded it a month ago, didn't care for it, but wanted something to have alongside Outlook (another pain in the butt). Turned out I just didn't use it, and was irritated over the constant updates. I've been trying to remove it for the past week, and I still haven't succeeded. That's when I learned:

1. It's a Windows product now, but it didn't start out that way (I think they acquired it from a Hong Kong developer? )
2. There is no 'uninstaller' (So you get the error message or the one that says Mailbird is open, so close it
and try again, and again, and again, and again,...)
3. I'm not sure I understand their *.dll files within files. I know when I click on any folder, I find myself in
another area, or simply refreshing myself back to the same list/files, etc.

I know I sound like antiquated fool, but I can't stand this crap. I guess I'm still hanging onto the idea that if you pay for something it's "yours," and in that scenario you have the right to bend, fold, spindle or spit on whatever you own. I'm not sure what I resent more: The ever increasing lack of privacy and control, or the push back of consumers who'll defend the rights of corporations to do this under the guise "For Our Good."

I'll be checking out the newest browser by Brandon Eich next week. I wonder if they're working on an OS, because I'm ready to see something new that truly focuses on the rights of the purchaser. Though, it seems clear to me that anymore, the term "Open Source" has become the catchphrase for new developers trying to get the attention of Microsoft, Google and the rest.

Meantime, I've tried Malwarebytes, Norton, Mcaffee, PCC and Uniblue and cannot get Mailbird off my computer. If anyone has any advice - and yes, I have a feeling where this is gonna end - I'd appreciate it.

Second thought: If anyone out there has a copy of Prodigy or an old Compuserve disk, I could get out my Commodore 64 and go on a mission to find the old Red, white and blue "America Online" page. Oh wait, I forgot...They're gone too. lol

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2017   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

It's tricky to remove.

Delete these reg keys:

Registry Key hkey_local_machine\system\ControlSet004\services
Subkey MailbirdUpdater.exe
Registry Key hkey_local_machine\system\CurrentControlSet\services
Subkey MailbirdUpdater.exe

Registry Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Value Mailbird (S) will be a new value with data
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mailbird\Mailbird.exe" startup

Or if you happen to have Ccleaner installed use Tools> Startup> Windows tab to disable then delete the items.

Then reboot and try uninstalling using GeekUninstaller

But I have to warn you that I installed Mailbird as a test and monotored the install. Even after running third party uninstallers traces remained. I removed them using the monitored install utility but cannot recommend it as it requires knowledge on which items to exclude form install traces.
Mailbird: All the Makings of Malware-mailbird.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2017   #3

Win 7 Pro/64-bit

Thanks Calle! I'll try it out tomorrow and report back.:)

PS - I totally bookmarked the Geeks Toolbox for future reference.What a great site!:):)
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07 Apr 2017   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

You might also check:

Start> Run then type msconfig then press Enter. Then look at the startup tab and untick anything mailbird.

A reboot is needed before uninstall.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

You could also run AdwCleaner and see if it finds unwanted things.

Malwarebytes | AdwCleaner

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