Monday, 5 September 2011

Remove Chit Chat (Uninstall Guide)

Chit Chat is a rather interesting software that allows you to chat with your Facebook friends directly from your Desktop. You don't have to login to Facebook, it's an instant messaging application, just like the Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo! IM. Although, I don't do online chat very often, but I get the idea and I think Chit Chat may be very useful indeed. However, there's one thing you should know about this software - it comes bundled with Relevant knowledge and it also installs Chit Chat Toolbar in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Relevant knowledge is classified as spyware, that's why Chit Chat is also detected as spyware/adware by some antivirus software vendors. It also drops Spigot search settings component and Application Updater background process tool on your computer. You may choose not to install Relevant knowledge, however, there's another thing to worry about:
depending on options and usage, application may include automatic applications updates, a network error assistant, or transmit personally identifiable information.

That doesn't sound right, especially the statement about personally identifiable information. It's not clear whether this statement applies to Relevant knowledge components or the Chit Chat program itself.

And here's the Relevant knowledge end user license agreement:

We are not saying that you shouldn't use Chit Chat, but you should follow the installation process very carefully. It is also worth mentioning that if you want to completely remove Chit Chat from your computer, you have to remove Chit Chat for Facebook and Chit Chat Toolbar. Many users point out that they removed the Chit Chat application but the toolbar and search settings remains the same, meaning they were not removed from the computer. To remove ChitChat from your computer, please follow the removal instructions below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Chit Chat removal instructions:

1. Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

2. Search for Chit Chat for Facebook in the list. Select the program and click Remove button.
If you are using Windows Vista/7, click Uninstall up near the top of that window.

3. Search for Chit Chat Toolbar in the list. Select the program and click Remove button.
If you are using Windows Vista/7, click Uninstall up near the top of that window.

Remove Chit Chat Toolbar in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Uninstall everything related to Spigot, Inc. and Chit Chat.

Remove Chit Chat Toolbar in Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Choose Chit Chat Toolbar and Widgi Toolbar Platform and click Uninstall button.

Associated Chit Chat files and registry values:

  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\Emoticons
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\Langs
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\Sounds
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\CCFFacebook.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\CCFFBPlugin.dll
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\emot.bmp
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\Facebook-Chat-EULA-1.txt
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\skin.skn
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\unins000.dat
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\unins000.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat For Facebook\Updater.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat Toolbar
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat Toolbar\FF
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat Toolbar\IE
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat Toolbar\Res
  • C:\Program Files\Chit Chat Toolbar\WidgiHelper.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Spigot\wtxpcomr
  • C:\Program Files\Application Updater\ApplicationUpdater.exe
Registry values:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Chit Chat
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Facebook Chat Client
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Chit Chat for Facebook"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar "Chit Chat Toolbar"
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