How To Uninstall EasyBits GO (EasyBitsGo.exe) Completely - gHacks Tech News

How To Uninstall EasyBits GO (EasyBitsGo.exe) Completely

Skype users who use Windows as their operating system may currently receive update notifications when they run Skype.

The update, which displays right after the launch of the voice over IP software Skype on most systems asks the user to install EasyBits Go on the system. Many of the updates characteristics are similar to that of malware that tries to install itself on the system. This update on the other hand is not malware or malicious in nature.

EasyBits is the company that's behind the technology of Skype's game channel, which is one of Skype's Extras. Users who have enabled Skype Extras may get the update notification in Skype. The bad part is that the update will install, even if the user explicitly denies the installation.

Messages began to appear in the official Skype forum yesterday with user reports asking for help and confirmation that EasyBits Go was not malware. Users like Alexander LeClair described the issue they experienced in the following way:

This morning I opened my Skype and an application called Easybit Games Go decided to install itself on my computer without my permission (I am 99 percent sure it was through Skype). Is this a virus coming through Skype? I have uninstalled the software and scanned with Malwarebytes and AVG and both have come back with no infected files. I just want to make sure it wasn't a rogue program. All the help is appreciated. Thank you!

easybitsgo.exe wants to use skype

Some users have reported problems when trying to uninstall the new program on their system. The developers of Easy Bits have created an uninstaller for the software that users can run to uninstall it from Windows completely. This uninstaller can be downloaded here.

Other users have disabled the Extras feature in Skype to block the program from within Skype. Uninstallation is on the other hand the permanent solution and it is suggested that users uninstall EasyBits Go completely when they do not want to use the software.

It has to be noted that the update has nothing to do with the Skype sale. EasyBits has been part of Skype since 2006, and the update was scheduled by the company months before the Microsoft Skype deal was announced in the media.

Update: If you do not trust the uninstaller of the company who pushed out the update in first place, you may want to either block it using instructions posted by Nexus here in the comments or a program like Revo Uninstaller to get rid of the program completely.

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How To Uninstall EasyBits GO (EasyBitsGo.exe) Completely
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How To Uninstall EasyBits GO (EasyBitsGo.exe) Completely
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How to remove EasyBits Go completely from your system if it is installed by Skype.
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    1. Ashley Pearson said on May 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm
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      Good tips. Nice to see a removal process at last.

      1. Per said on July 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm
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        …. or you can run “C:\ProgramData\Easybits GO\RemoveGO.exe” from Start\Run ….. should do the trick since it is the uninstall string accourding to the registry.

        1. Per said on July 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm
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          Yep, just did it …. no problems at to uninstall using that uninstall string from Start\Run “C:\ProgramData\Easybits GO\RemoveGO.exe”.

    2. zaphod said on May 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm
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      Garbage! – This (forced) installation disabled both my win7 firewall & Avast anti-virus. I’m sure it was just an innocent mistake … not!

    3. Nexus said on May 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm
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      OH NO YOU DON’T! You sir are giving readers a highly questionable exe by the same company who used backdoor techniques to install it in the first place! Until we get an actual response from Skype employees, don’t use that exe! Follow procedures illustrated by Bradley Wint at:

      http://www.blogtechnical.com/1115/skype-installs-game-crapware-on-your-systems-without-users-prior-knowledge.bt

      If you don’t trust that link (and I can understand why), here are the instructions copy pasted from there:

      “Disable and remove 3rd party access to the easybitgo.exe file in Skype via Options > Advanced > Advanced Settings > Manage other programs’ access to Skype
      Remove the Easybits Go program via the Install/Uninstall panel under your system’s control panel
      Exit Skype and make sure the Skype.exe is not running in the list of running processes (via Task Manager). Also temporarily disable Skype from starting automatically when Windows starts.
      Then restart your computer since the program will still be is use by the system.
      Once restarted, go to [Drive Letter]:\ProgramData or [Drive Letter]:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data and permanently delete theEasybits GO folder.
      Remove whatever shortcuts it may have placed in the start menu and desktop.
      If you are confident enough to dig around in your registry, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and delete the entire EasyBits folder (thanks Christopher)
      Go to the Windows\Prefetch directory and look for the file EASYBITSGO.EXE-364DAFD6.pf and delete it. Also do a search for ezPMUtils.dll and delete them all.
      If you are on Windows 7, delete the go folder in this directory – Users > [YOUR USERNAME] >AppData > Roaming (thanks Lesa)”

      1. Arthur said on June 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm
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        thank you very much, nexus, for your incredible help.
        i hope i got rid of that crapware for sure.

    4. pete said on May 30, 2011 at 5:23 am
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      thanks nexus

    5. Dabido said on May 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm
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      Yes, good stuff Nexus!

    6. Sidney Morrison said on May 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm
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      Thanks a bunch. I could not get this blasted Go program off my computer even thru the DOD backdoor and I definitely DO NOT like programs to just appear. But, when you let your wife use SKYPE when you are out of teh house, what can a man expect? Sorry ladies but she doesn’t spend enough time to learn andy thing. Too bust washing clothes, dishes, dusting cleaning house and watching grandbaby. Anyway thanks for yout help in romoving a “rouge to me” program. I have all the games I want or need now.

    7. Neil said on May 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm
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      Thanks for the uninstall info.
      What the heck is the exe file doing in a DATA area?

      SKYPE are really stupid allowing a company to send and install rubbish on the back of their update system!
      If I WANT something I’ll ASK for it. If I don’t ask don’t force it on me!!!!!

      My router firewall will now block “easybits”

    8. Kester said on June 5, 2011 at 9:43 am
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      When you say “users have disabled the Extras feature in Skype” do you mean unticking the “Automatically start Extras” option in Advanced Settings, or something else as well?

    9. kerish said on June 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm
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      why is my computer refuses the email security password i have been using? i mean on the easybits system

    10. meryl said on June 28, 2011 at 3:41 am
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      hi, i tried the removeGo application here and it doesn’t work with me. some kind of application error pops up everytime i run it- same result as to using uninstall program in control panel. what’s the solution to this really? thanks

    11. Gene said on June 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm
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      I used the uninstaller easy bits provided and it worked great. Took about 30 seconds and it was gone.

    12. Chris said on January 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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      Used the uninstal program and it didn’t work at all, just got an error. I can’t remove this program from add remove programs in Windows XP. I have removed Skype and still this remains.

      There is no difference between this and Malware, so it is Malware. It’s worse than Malware because anti virus software recognises it as being ok cos it’s from skype so it installs with no problems.

    13. skandal said on January 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm
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      So for Windows 7 is the only thing you need to do is the Skype settings part and delete folder from %appdata%/roaming folder? Or is there more to get rid of it?

      Thanks a bunch for the help already Nexus, just want to make sure it is completely gone.

    14. Mike said on March 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
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      I too had a similar application error when I tried to uninstall Easybits GO.

      I followed the procedure given by Nexus and got rid of as many files as I could, then went into the registry and deleted the Easybits GO folder. I was then able to remove the Easybits GO entry in the Add or Remove Programs list. Hopefully, this cleared it completely from my PC.

    15. Ben said on December 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm
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      For the love of god, people, it’s ROGUE, not ROUGE…

      ROGUE [rohg], verb, rogued, ro·guing,
      adjective.
      noun
      1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
      2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp: The youngest boys are little rogues.
      3. a tramp or vagabond.
      4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
      5. Biology . a usually inferior organism, especially a plant, varying markedly from the normal.

      ROUGE [roozh], verb, rouged, roug·ing.
      noun
      1. any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
      2. a reddish powder, chiefly ferric oxide, used for polishing metal, glass, etc.
      3. Canadian football.

      Dictionaries and English comprehension FTW!

    16. Dave said on July 10, 2013 at 11:01 am
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      That guys exe filr looks phony. I dwnlded it on my phone n looked at it.

      Also the douchebags who post that shit usually comment on other names saying it’s cool.nah

      What nexus says makes sense, read it, it’s safe info even without the links

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