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Remove Gator/Claria Products
Gator claims that it's easy to remove their applications:
"All GAIN supported applications are easily removable via the application's uninstaller and or the Windows Add/Remove Programs Control Panel. A few minutes after all GAIN applications have been uninstalled, the GAIN software is designed to self uninstall."
However, there can be several challenges to cleaning Gator and GAIN off your system. Remember, you will be removing one or more applications from your system. If you have important information that is only usable inside those applications, you must get that information out before removing the application. The most common issue is with Gator eWallet, but fortunately you can import your eWallet information into RoboForm.
The Official Way
Gator says: "Removal of The Gator Corporation's GAIN software may disable other GAIN-supported applications on your computer and/or violate end user license agreements. Information regarding the indentification of GAIN supported applications and removal of GAIN software is available in TGC's Privacy and End User License Agreemeent."
To remove Gator and GAIN applications the way that Gator would like, you could follow their instructions. However, the instructions are somewhat vague about the exact steps required, particularly if you have multiple GAIN applications installed. We have used the procedure below with relatively good success.
Once all the Gator and GAIN applications have been removed, Gator claims that its background advertising applications will stop running shortly afterward. We have found that this is not always the case. Sometimes, rebooting the system seems to clear Gator out of memory, but other times it does not and you will need to try other methods to remove it. You will also need to try an alternate plan if you don't see a GAIN entry on your Start menu or if you aren't able to match up the applications listed in the GAIN dialog with the ones listed in your Add/Remove Programs list.
When That Fails
If the official method does not work, or parts of Gator's software are still running, you may need to use more extreme methods. Even when you follow the instructions and they work, Gator sometimes leaves behind some files or registry settings that you may prefer to clean out. Instructions for manual cleanup for some versions of Gator are available at Doxdesk but they involve editing the registry and deleting files manually.