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Hello,

I've suffered a few nasty experiences when trying to remove the Bonjour Service which is installed by Adobe/Apple products. Unlike a lot of services, the Bonjour Service has many nasty tentacles buried into critical system/registry settings and removing it without following the below instructions can do a few things like:

1. Disabling your network connection fatally (can only be resolved with a WinSock fix and only under certain circumstances)
2. Prevent the start-up of many important Windows Services like Event Viewer or System Event Notification. This has a drastic impact on your start-up/shut-down times.

Basically, removing the Bonjour Service can be an utter nightmare and the below instructions are the only ones that work 100% for me.

To remove the Bonjour Service:

[list]
[*] Stop Bonjour Service by opening a command prompt (remember to open the command prompt with Administrator privileges in Vista) and type:

[b]sc stop
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(Y) Thanks it worked great, you're right the catalog entry mine was in 0x007.

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Worked like a charm! Mine was also in 0x007.

Thanks dude :whistle:

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What exactly does the bonjour service do? And since you're removing it I'm assuming that it is not necessary in order for Adobe/Apple software to run correctly?

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useful indeed .

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[quote name='sTIMPZ' post='589345386' date='Apr 20 2008, 15:11']What exactly does the bonjour service do? And since you're removing it I'm assuming that it is not necessary in order for Adobe/Apple software to run correctly?[/quote]
[quote]Adobe newest Creative Suite 3 installs Apple

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i recently installed adobe dreamweaver cs3 and found this was installed too. apparantly all cs3 products install this without asking, whether u need/want it or not. after reading a bit i found some interesting discussion & the source of the removal script here

[url="http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/01/cs3_doesnt_inst.html"]http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/01/cs3_doesnt_inst.html[/url]

i guess the thing even talks to 2o7.net (a data collector) thru a deceptive IP looking site name [b]192.168.112.2o7.net[/b].

i dont use cue servers, so i removed it. here's the script if u dont want to wander the net looking - save as a .bat file

[code]echo Bounjour service killer...(cmd-bat file)

"%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe" -remove
sc stop "Bonjour Service"
sc delete "Bonjour Service"
sc stop "B"
sc delete "B"

regsvr32 /u/s "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll"

reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\864614E012A08774EB1646AA5AEB0193" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\413EF6387A735094090FFA2EF513C53A" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f

ren "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll" "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\virus.vir"
del /q/f "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\*.*"
rd /q "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour"

echo ...
echo please, reboot your computer and
echo then you can delete the folder:
echo "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour"
pause[/code]

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[quote name='gahbahj' post='589349475' date='Apr 22 2008, 20:29']i recently installed adobe dreamweaver cs3 and found this was installed too. apparantly all cs3 products install this without asking, whether u need/want it or not. after reading a bit i found some interesting discussion & the source of the removal script here

[url="http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/01/cs3_doesnt_inst.html"]http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2007/01/cs3_doesnt_inst.html[/url]

i guess the thing even talks to 2o7.net (a data collector) thru a deceptive IP looking site name [b]192.168.112.2o7.net[/b].

i dont use cue servers, so i removed it. here's the script if u dont want to wander the net looking - save as a .bat file

[code]echo Bounjour service killer...(cmd-bat file)

"%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe" -remove
sc stop "Bonjour Service"
sc delete "Bonjour Service"
sc stop "B"
sc delete "B"

regsvr32 /u/s "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll"

reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5\Catalog_Entries\000000000004" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\864614E012A08774EB1646AA5AEB0193" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\413EF6387A735094090FFA2EF513C53A" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\Bonjour Service" /va /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f
reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List" /v "D:\\Program Files\\Bonjour\\mDNSResponder.exe" /f

ren "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll" "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\virus.vir"
del /q/f "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour\*.*"
rd /q "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour"

echo ...
echo please, reboot your computer and
echo then you can delete the folder:
echo "%ProgramFiles%\Bonjour"
pause[/code][/quote]


That guide relies on the Name Catalog in your registry being 4. As posters above have said, theirs has been 7.

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[quote name='gahbahj' post='589349475' date='Apr 23 2008, 05:29']...
i guess the thing even talks to 2o7.net (a data collector) thru a deceptive IP looking site name [b]192.168.112.2o7.net[/b].
...[/quote]
That's something else entirely.

Unless configured otherwise, Bonjour only works over your local network.

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I've been wondering what this Bonjour thing was, but never actually cared enough to look into it.
But I do care enough to get rid of it now, thanks to your easy instructions.

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Thanks , I was trying to erase this service with no end, great !!

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Thanks for posting this. I had actually reformated my system because Bonjour had killed my net connection. It wasn't until the second time around I had learned to refresh WinSock...sigh. At least this will fix that problem from happening again.

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Did you ever try just preventing the service from starting in the first place, in the Services.msc control panel? It gets installed with iTunes now, and I just disable it.

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I actually removed the whole entry at first which was for me Catalog_Entries\000000000005.

I rebooted and I was like WTF, I had no internet, no sound, no visual styles. I go back and there's Num_Catalog_Entries which I reduced by one at NameSpace_Catalog5

fiew! :cool:

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I have this service too, but it does not bother me. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

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[quote name='revvo' post='589446430' date='May 31 2008, 16:20']I actually removed the whole entry at first which was for me Catalog_Entries\000000000005.

I rebooted and I was like WTF, I had no internet, no sound, no visual styles. I go back and there's Num_Catalog_Entries which I reduced by one at NameSpace_Catalog5

fiew! :cool:[/quote]

I have the same problems and somewhat did the same thing. I didn't realize this was a part of adobe photoshop cs3 and thought it was some leftover from apple. I searched regedit and deleted all bonjour references without realizing how effed up things were going to get. Complacency meant no registry backup...

So I am curious, how did you resolve your issue?

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Odd.
I've always went to Add/Remove Programs, and I've always had successful uninstalls.

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[quote name='pS-' post='589454349' date='Jun 4 2008, 00:28']I have this service too, but it does not bother me. Don't fix it if it ain't broke.[/quote]

With behavior such as this, it [i]is[/i] broken. Developers writing software this nasty should be taken out and shot. And I'm saying this as a developer.

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[quote name='SakuraKira' post='589444172' date='May 31 2008, 03:43']Did you ever try just preventing the service from starting in the first place, in the Services.msc control panel? It gets installed with iTunes now, and I just disable it.[/quote]
Same here, just disabled the services so it wouldn't start up anymore. But I do thank the OP, cause it helped me remove it completely, thanks! :)

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[quote name='way2quik' post='589532079' date='Jul 4 2008, 17:22']Odd.
I've always went to Add/Remove Programs, and I've always had successful uninstalls.[/quote]

Yea, I know. It gets install by default with itunes but I just uninstall from there, just like Mobile support. Bonjour is not in services .msc any more.

Surprised people are having problems.

I wish Apple would stop stuffing so much extra crap and services with each itunes release. Programs that aren't antiviruses which add new processes can feck off. It's so pointless.
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I don't think it's the apple flavor, rather the photoshop cs3 one. With the apple one, I was able to add/remove like anything else... and perhaps if I'd installed photoshop and then did the add/remove, maybe there wouldn't have been an issue. Instead, I see bonjour running knowing full well I had uninstalled that sucker some time ago and so went to the registry to force the issue. Major screwup on my part, especially with no registry backup. Removing all bonjour entries in the registry killed my internet, sound and desktop effects. And it killed the internet hard... after many hours I came upon a winsockfix utility that saved my hide... yeesh. Not even a repair install fixed things before that. And that was an ugly repair install with no internet and it kept asking for drivers...

Anyhow, tread lightly with this photoshop cs3 bonjour... indeed, the tentacles run deep.

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[quote name='_dandy_' post='589532376' date='Jul 4 2008, 15:12']With behavior such as this, it [i]is[/i] broken. Developers writing software this nasty should be taken out and shot. And I'm saying this as a developer.[/quote]
Indeed. A proper installer/setup will ask for what the user needs and install accordingly. I guess that's too complicated for the average OSX user, seeing how many of them use Apple because they fled away from Windows.

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[quote name='revvo' post='589552106' date='Jul 13 2008, 11:30']Indeed. A proper installer/setup will ask for what the user needs and install accordingly. I guess that's too complicated for the average OSX user, seeing how many of them use Apple because they fled away from Windows.[/quote]

:blink:

Yes that is why OSX users fled windows.

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The best guide I have found has been here: [url="http://www.x64bit.net/site/board/index.php?s=&showtopic=4214&view=findpost&p=40719"]http://www.x64bit.net/site/board/index.php...ost&p=40719[/url]

It has a couple more steps, but this guide isn't bad either.

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Just a note, for those thinking of doing this: you need Bonjour installed and running in order for the Remote app to work on the iPhone/iPod Touch 2.0 firmware.

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