I downloaded Kaspersky Lab 7.0 from [a link to a warez site]. I installed
it, it prompted me that I had to uninstall AVG which I was running. I
uninstalled AVG, rebooted, then ran the install on Kaspersky. When I rebooted
again, strange things started to happen.
I am pulling my hair out here trying to figure out how to get this stupid
machine back to square.
I would really like to know how I can uninstall Kaspersky while in safe
mode. When I try I get a message that says Windows Installer Service can not be
This is frightening on so many levels.
The site the software was downloaded from appears to be a pirated software
or “warez” site. The problem is that when you download from these free download
sites you’re asking for trouble. And I’m not even talking about legal
One clue? As far as I can tell, there is no “Kaspersky Lab 7.0”.
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“Warez” is a term that’s come to refer to pirated software. There are web
sites that specialize in making these illegal copies of pirated software
available for download.
It appears that what you downloaded came from such a site.
One of the problems with these sites or the folks that contribute to them is
that they often use the lure of free software to get people to download virus
and spyware laden versions of those programs. Download one of those and when
you install you’ll end up with a machine full of malware.
Given that you had to explicitly disable your anti-virus program in order to
be able to install it seems likely that’s exactly what happened to you.
Certainly your experience after the install would seem to indicate so.
Another clue that something’s amiss is that I went out to the Kaspersky site
and couldn’t find references to a “Kaspersky Lab 7.0”. This is another trick of
warez sites: make something appears to be newer than you can find anywhere
issues involved, you might well be ‘paying for it’ in other ways.”
It’s just another argument for making absolutely positive that you only
download and install legitimate software from reputable sites. If that means
you need to pay for it, then pay for it, or choose different software.
As you can see, without even touching on the legal issues involved, you
might well be “paying for it” in other ways.
I’ve mentioned it before: there’s an adage in computer server management
that applies here: once your machine has been compromised by malware, you
really can’t trust it ever again until you completely reformat and
In your case, I know of no quick fix. It sounds like your machine has become
seriously infected. The only solution I can recommend to you is to backup your
data, and then completely reformat your machine and reinstall all of your
And stay away from those warez sites in the future.