Different PC manufacturers load their PCs with different software in order to represent their own brand or to promote some of their affiliates and improve their rating. This can cause your PC to slow down significantly because it arrives preloaded with these unnecessary apps you want to uninstall.
Unfortunately, most of the preinstalled apps cannot be uninstalled easily by going to Control Panel or Settings and you will have to think of other ways to accomplish this. On the other hand, even the apps you can uninstall through these means cause problems during uninstallation and they simply refuse to leave your computer once and for all!
MyWinLocker Suite Won’t Uninstall on Windows
MyWinLocker Suite is a tool developed by Egis Technology and it arrives preinstalled on some Asus PCs. Its use is somewhat sophisticated and it enables you to encrypt files with passwords and it enables you to manage logins, personal information, etc.
The tool itself is not a virus and it does not behave like malicious software but it can be actually thought of as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) because it’s often preinstalled on the computer or it arrives with other freeware.
Uninstalling it is definitely a difficult process and a plenty of users have been struggling with this simple task for years. This uninstallation is actually one of the reasons this tool is thought of as a PUP since it won’t leave your PC by any conventional means. Find out how to get rid of it by reading this article!
Solution 1: Uninstalling Using Control Panel or Settings
We are sure that you tried this as soon as you thought of uninstalling MyWinLocker but let’s go through the process once more for users who struggle with uninstalling apps at all.
- Open Control Panel by searching for it in your Search bar. Alternatively, you can open Settings by clicking on the Windows logo located in the bottom left corner and clicking on the gear icon.
- Switch to the Category view in Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program under Programs and Features.
- If you are using Settings, simply click on Apps section located as soon as you enter Settings.
- After you take a look at the entire list of installed apps, locate MyWinLocker and click on Uninstall.
- Follow the instructions on screen.
- Restart your computer and see whether the tool has been removed.
Solution 2: Uninstalling Using Safe Mode
Plenty of users have reported that booting your computer in Safe Mode and running the uninstaller works and you should definitely try this as soon as possible. The process is fairly simple and it works.
- Click on the Start button located at the bottom left part of your screen and click on the gear icon standing for Settings.
- Open the Update & Security section and navigate to the Recovery submenu.
- Look under the Advanced startup part and click on Restart now.
- Your PC should restart to a screen with a title saying “Choose an option”. Navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
- Your PC will now restart completely and you will be prompted with several numbered options. Click 4 of F4 in order to start your PC in safe mode. Check again to see if the number corresponds to its name on the list.
- After your PC boots, follow all the steps from Solution 1 and try to uninstall MyWinLocker.
Solution 3: Killing the Task
Several users have reported that they were unable to install the tool before they terminated it using Task Manager. This sounds unlikely but it’s worth giving this a shot because it’s possible that the open process itself does not allow for the application to be uninstalled, possibly because uninstalling it means you lose your saved passwords, encryption ,etc.
- Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination in order to open Task Manager.
- Locate the MWL.exe process by aligning the list of processes in the alphabetical order.
- Right-click on the process and click on End task.
- Follow the instructions from Solution 1 on how to uninstall MyWinLocker using Control Panel or Settings.
- Restart your computer afterwards.
Solution 4: Use System Restore to Fix the Problem
If you installed this program recently or if it has started misbehaving recently, you can always use the System Restore option in order to revert the changed made to your PC to a previous state which is also known as a restore point. Restore points are created when you install or uninstall something or after you do something major.
- Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Search bar.
- Change the view in Control Panel to Large or Small Icons by clicking next to the “View as:” option.
- Locate the “Security & Maintenance” option and open it.
- Click on “Recovery” and select “Open System Restore”. Make sure you have the necessary administrator privileges in order to open System Restore.
- Follow the instructions on screen and make sure you restore your system to a date before you installed MyWinLocker.
- Wait for the process to finish and reboot your computer after it’s done.
Solution 5: Manually Remove Files
If any of these uninstalling options fail to produce any results. You can try and remove the MyWinLocker files manually. This will prevent it from running and from producing certain error messages or performance issues.
- First of all, terminate the MWL.exe process in the Task Manager by following steps 1-3 from Solution 3.
- Delete everything from the following folders as well as folders themselves:
My Computer >> C:\Program Files (x86) \ >> EgisTec IPS
My Computer >> C:\Program Files (x86) \ >> EgisTec MyWinLocker
- Search your PC for anything related to Egis or MyWinLocker and delete everything you can find.
After you delete all the files you can find, you will need to remove registry entries made by the program. This can be somewhat advanced and users should always backup the changes to the registry by clicking File >> Export…
- Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in either the Search bar or the Run dialog box.
- Look for anything related to Egis or MyWinLocker in the following locations:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software
- Click on Edit >> Find and type Egis and MyWinLocker and delete everything regedit finds.
- Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination in order to open Task Manager and navigate to the Startup tab.
- Select MyWinLocker if it’s still there and click on Disable.