Is there no proper way to uninstall the Bonjour service that is automatically installed with PS CS3? It is of little use to the average Windows user and the service is also messed up by being named "##Id_String2.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762##" rather than "Bonjour Service".
It's certainly possible to manually remove the references to the service in the registry and hope for the best, but that's not good enough for a top dollar application.
Chris Cox, Jun 19, 2010 11:16 PM
this is what I compiled for myself; it worked and left me with a working Internet connection:
1) sc stop "Bonjour Service"
sc delete "Bonjour Service"
2) regsvr32 /u "c:\program files\bonjour\explorerplugin.dll"
regsvr32 /u "c:\program files\bonjour\mdnsnsp.dll"
3) ren "c:\program files\bonjour" xxx (is locked)
4) del %systemroot%\system32\dns-sd.exe
5) Under HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_ Catalog5\Catalog_Entries delete the key pointing to mdnsnsp.dll (e.g. 000000000007). Set HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_ Catalog5\Num_Catalog_Entries to the new last catalog entry key number (e.g. 6).
6) Search the Registry for explorerplugin.dll, mdnsnsp.dll, mdnsresponder.exe, and program files\bonjour; delete all references.
8) Delete "c:\program files\xxx".
>See comments to http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/01/cs3_doesnt_inst.html
>Yakumo 06:43 AM on April 25, 2007 because of the "$$Id_String1.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762$$" service id I'd been annoyed by bonjour after itunes installed it, and it's how i stumbled into here.
>solution I used was simply to download bonjour for windows from http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/bonjourforwindows.html install it, then immediately use the uninstaller it handilly puts in 'add/remove programs'. this works cleanly, and on vista too.
I just tried installing / uninstalling Bonjour and restarting my system. mDNSResponder has not been killed. On the contrary, its mem usage has bloated to 3.5 megs instead of the 450kb it was using before...
After uninstalling! Bonjour, there was still a folder at program files/Bonjour with mDNSResponder.EXE and a .dll file.
I went into services and killed Bonjour (which was happily chucking along after 2 uninstalls), deleted mDNSResponder.exe. The .dll file could not be deleted, so I followed the advice given in the link I provided, and renamed the.dll file and rebooted. Now it could be deleted.
However, checking Services, Bonjour is STILL LISTED, albeit disabled.
Open a Windows command prompt and type the following command:
"C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe -remove"
Navigate to the following folder in Windows Explorer: C:\Program Files\Bonjour
Rename the mdnsNSP.dll file in that folder to mdnsNSP.old
Restart your computer
Delete the the Program Files\Bonjour folder
However, the first command line that they give did not work for me, I had to use " C:\Progra~1\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe -remove "
It sounds to me like you didn't include the quotes, which would be required due to the blank space between "Program" and "Files". But, if you did include the quotes and ran the command from the Command Prompt window, only to see it fail, then it may be that only works from the Start > Run dialog. I used the command earlier today from the Run window, with quotes, and it worked fine.
>with one click, at least disable it. <br />>http://<rest of link removed>/TurnOffBonjour.exe <br />>don't forget to virus pre-check.. ya never know<br /><br />Ya never know, indeed. I'd never run an unknown executable on my computer, no matter what it is claimed to do.
Hi Dave, Yes, I disabled it by disabling the service. I did it because I lost network connectivity when it was running so if anyone complains about losing their network, they should first disable or uninstall Bonjour (I guess they wouldn't be able to, though, since they don't have a network - Capt. Yossarian, where are you?)
1. Go to http://cexx.org/lspfix.htm and download lspfix.zip.
2. Unzip to a desktop folder.
3. Open task manager and terminate mDNSResponder.exe.
4. Open a DOS window and go to c:\program files\bonjour
5. Run "mdnsremove -remove". This'll uninstall the exe and remove the service from the reg.
6. Rename mdnsnsp.dll to anything else.
8. Run lspfix and use it to fix the broken winsock dll.
9. Delete c:\program files\bonjour folder.
9. Open a DOS window and run "netsh winsock reset".
#1 I don't trust any app that installs without my permission.
#2 I don't trust any app that messes with my winsock.
#3 The fact that there is no uninstall option is a big red flag.
#4 Even if you choose NOT to install the Adobe apps that supposedly require Bonjour, it still installs.
#5 The features that we've been told rely on this app work perfectly without it.
#6 Even when no Adobe apps are running Bonjour regularly contacts the Internet.
#7 Disable shmisable. The DLL is still alive.
These are the hallmarks of spyware. Adobe screwed up big with this one.
Adobe has loaded its apps up with a lot of peripheral functions that rely on tying users to their so called 'services' 'meetings' etc. Fine, if you want those features, but not fine when they lock your install into all that excess code that clogs up productive environments without the opportunity to choose what you want at the install stage. Thankfully, there is a way around their install procedure to choose what you want and a way to totally eliminate Bonjour. I run CS3 totally bare bones with PS and Bridge.
I run lean, fast, workflow specific machines and I don't want any internet related crap on them, especially things like Bonjour that dance to an Adobe drummer, not me. I have one machine where all apps extraneous to the production environment clog each other's arteries, including MS Office, etc,etc,etc.
It is the move to relinquishing install control that pisses me off most about Adobe's recent software (really bloatware if you have to load up a machine with code that you do not require). It is a more sophisticated form of spamming in my opinion.
I don't know why more of you aren't really upset about this. Adobe crammed software down our throats without our knowledge or permission. We paid big bucks for CS3 and we ended up with a spyware connection to Adobe. I kept getting nagware popups in my browser to update my pdf plugin and I couldn't figure out how to stop the Adobe reader from connecting to Adobe to tattle on me that I was using an older pdf reader version. I finally updated and ended up with all kinds of crapware that I had to uninstall! Who knows what spyware is included with Adobe Reader 8. Privacy is important and we are losing it.
John Joslin you are obviously an Adobe employee. If you're a nice person you'll get a good job. (Does your mother know you are doing this?)
I appreciate your posting my last reply -- (I thought it would be trashed).
I was pretty mad when I last visited this site (a few hours ago). My accomplishments for this work day include un-installing Quicktime -- it took over the possession of every filetype extension it could find & added a bunch of EXTRA crapware (that I didn't want or know about ahead of time) that seems to be working all the time whether I'm using it or not. I also un-installed Acrobat reader 8 (that I mentioned in my last post) that added a bunch of EXTRA crapware (that I didn't want or know about ahead of time) that seems to be working all the time whether I'm using it or not. I don't honestly know where I picked up Bonjour (probably PH CS3 AND Acrobat reader 8) but PH CS3 seems to have added a bunch of EXTRA crapware (that I didn't want or know about ahead of time) that seems to be working all the time whether I'm using it or not.
I admit I was even more irritated when I left this site than when I found it. I'm going to guess that's true for a lot of your company's customers that are trying to remove mDNSResponder.exe. I'll try to explain why but first I want to address the solution for the mDNSResponder.exe removal problem.
An URL was given by morrmar early on (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=kb400982) but that solution didn't work for the people that tried it and they reported that in the entries above. They graciously shared their alternative solutions here on the board, but today (after all this time) you offered :
(The same solution that no one can get to work.)
That page instructs us to copy this into a command prompt window:
"C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe -remove"
Of course that won't work and majapahit grand told you so above.
He said to move the last quote like this "C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe" -remove
max l solved the same problem above by navigating to the proper folder (cd c:\program files\bonjour\),
then typing the command: mdnsresponder -remove
How many of your customers have either given up trying to remove Bonjour or got their computers messed up with one or more of the complicated alternative solutions above because you don't pay attention to the posts?.