08-28-2014 05:52 PM
Short answer: AdwCleaner.
I've had a persistent problem with the Astromenda highjack malware since I first began setting up my brand-new Yoga 2 Pro. MalwareBytes was the second or third app I installed and it immediately found Astromenda. Preinstalled? Who knows? It kept recurring after MB removed it. I might have uninstalled it manually -- I don't remember. I did go into Regedit and rip out every reference, but MB kept picking it up in a Preferences file buried seven layers deep in App Data.
Finally, yesterday after some research to determine the safety of AdwCleaner I downloaded and ran that. It identified Pokki as malware. I had already decided not to use Pokki, especially after reading about problems with it, so I let AdwCleaner do its thing. Pokki is gone. I've restarted half a dozen times, opening and closing Chrome, and rescanned with MalwareBytes. No more sign of Astromenda, even though it is still listed in that Preferences file.
08-29-2014 03:31 AM
Pokki Knowledgebase #716971, "Uninstalling Pokki" (Last Update: Sep 04, 2013).
The article gives instructions on how to remove Pokki via the Control Panel on different versions of Windows, how to delete the file, and also offers something called the "Pokki Cleanup Tool" to perform a manual uninstall. Strangely enough, the tool is not hosted on their support site, but rather in a Dropbox account, but since they link to it, I assume it is as legtimate as their other offerings.
10-07-2014 12:11 PM
I've tried the ADW method and their cleanup tool. Neither worked. I emailed them and they stated that if that didn't work then Lenovo has something that calls a hidden installer everytime a new profile is created.
Haven't had any luck removing at all.
10-10-2014 04:54 PM
I'm sorry that you are having difficulty with this uninstallation procedure. I have removed Lenovo-installed Pokki from multiple systems. I am not sure why you are having a problem uninstalling it. Have you tried rebooting into Safemode, and running AdwCleaner that way?
You might also try to download Junkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.
02-04-2015 01:38 AM
Sorry to bring up such an old thread but I was in the exact same situation. I found a way that not only involves deleting the files, but loading the default user profile hive and removing the entries from there. This prevents it from being installed when a new user logs into the computer. I blogged detailed instructions here (opens in new window):
03-11-2015 06:11 AM
This pensioner has just bought a G50-30 notebook and I notice in the ADD/REMOVE option in the control panel there are three Pokki items: Start menu; Lenovo web start; Host app service. Can I safely remove this unwanted stuff?
Second problem is I can't change the Home Page to what I want, it keeps reverting to Lenovo/MSN news page. The USE CURRENT option is either greyed out or if it is clickable and I put in my Home Page choice it still reverts to Lenovo/MSN. I know the answer is to use Firefox or Chrome but I'm used to IE.
03-11-2015 06:53 AM - edited 03-11-2015 06:59 AM
The instructions at the link posted by anonit involve editing the Windows Registry. I do not recommend this for inexperienced users.
Please see Lenovo's instructions here: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Enterprise-Management-Board/How-to-permanently-remove-Pokki-from-a-syst...
03-11-2015 07:14 AM
westread, I have merged your post to a topic with answers regarding Pokki.
As far as your homepage, while you are trying to change from the default page, make sure you do not have software running that prevents changing the homepage (anti-spyware, anti-virus component, a browser guard, etc.). That's good if you are preventing malware, but can be an inconvenience if you want to make good changes.
03-12-2015 04:16 AM
Just to add to BugBatter's response, if there is a program installed on your computer called "Lenovo Browser Guard," uninstalling it may fix the problem with being unable to change the home page.