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post #1 of 19
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I have some questions for you folders, as I'm thinking of folding on my GPU.

When you uninstall this software (if you used the official Windows installer), does it leave anything behind in the registry or any trackware or un-deleted directories? I'm quite paranoid about what I run on this PC, so can someone try this and report back?
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Nope. I don't see why you're worried.
It's backed and headed by one of the prestigous univerities in the United States.
You won't have to worry about things being left behind etc.
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Nope. I don't see why you're worried.
It's backed and headed by one of the prestigous univerities in the United States.
You won't have to worry about things being left behind etc.
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There isn't really any software to "install" as such, you literally just create the directory, and run the client from it. I believe it's fully portable, so no info / details are left behind anywhere in the registry

Why the paranoia?
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There isn't really any software to "install" as such, you literally just create the directory, and run the client from it. I believe it's fully portable, so no info / details are left behind anywhere in the registry

Why the paranoia?
Because I found this in their FAQ:


"I am very familiar with Windows. Can you give me more specific, technical information on how to remove Folding@home?

There are basically three things to remove, assuming there isn't some underlying virus which will try to rebuild them:

Executable and work files. Use Windows Explorer to look for a directory containing files beginning FAH or Fah. Other files in that directory might be WinFAH, MyFolding, client, queue, and unitinfo. There should also be a subdirectory named work containing files with names beginning wudata, wuinfo, wuresults, logfile, current, and core78. Any such files can be deleted, and if deleting them all leaves a directory substantially empty, that is, with nothing remaining which looks useful, then those remaining files and the directory itself should be deleted too.
Scheduling and startup files. Remove shortcuts in any startup folders or desktops which refer to files deleted in step 1.
System information. Use regedit to remove the PandeGroup keys in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software group.

This might fail to remove the main executable file if its name has been changed to make it hard to find, but most likely it will be in the same directory as the other files. This procedure also might still leave behind a few icons and other display information, and potentially some third-party software, but it should substantially eliminate the Folding@home client from the machine. Thanks to Richard Howell for the part of the FAQ."
    
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post #6 of 19
Correct, there is a set of keys called "PandeGroup" in Computer> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SOFTWARE> Wow6432Node> PandeGroup.

I don't believe there is anything else, but I'm taking a look now.
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Would I be better off just making a Ubuntu install for this on one of my drives? Is the Folding@Home GPU client in the download manager, and if so for which distro version? Or should I just stick with Windows?
    
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Don't do GPU Folding on Linux unless you plan to never use the computer.

Lags like something possessed.
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Don't do GPU Folding on Linux unless you plan to never use the computer.

Lags like something possessed.
I'll download Ubuntu 10.10 and try, to be honest I only have downloads running in the background on my PC most of the time. I'll see if the GPU client is available for that.
    
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Why so paranoid of this program...
You really think millions of users would risk their PC?
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