Remove Bearshare – Delete Undeletable Files – and Bearshare Spyware

Bearshare Peer-To-Pear Application

I installed a peer-to-pear application called Bearshare. My intention was to use Bearshare which is a file-sharing program, in finding, downloading, sharing, and publishing music audio and video files. I was excited that with Bearshare I could do quick location and download of virtually any type of music file available on the P2P network. But I was disappointed to notice that Bearshare has replaced my browser’s hompage, http://www.google.com with their search engine, http://search.bearshare.com. On a closer scrutiny I noticed that Bearshare was giving my computer excessive pop-ups and hijacked search strokes, and virtually taking control of my computer without my consent.

Uninstall Bearshare

I successfully uninstalled Bearshare using control panel/add/remove software but their hijacking search engine still remained and would not go away no matter what I did.

Bearshare – A Hijacking Search Engine

Bearshare is not a virus, spyware or adware but it seems their free software is paid for by adware/spyware install which comes bundled together with the Bearshare file sharing free software that you install.    

Delete Bearshare Files

I did a system search of “Bearshare” and deleted all files related to “Bearshare”. But there was one folder whose files could not be deleted. It was the folder in directory: Program Files\Bearshare.

Delete Undeletable Bearshare Files

How do you delete undeletable bearshare files? Its not only bearshare files that can become undeletable but situations do arise when Windows will simply not allow you to delete a file because a file is currently in use by the system process. Usually when you try to delete such files you get any of the following responses from Windows:

  1. The source and or destination file may be in use
  2. Another program or user is using the file
  3. Check that the disk is not write-protected
  4. Can not delete file - Access denied
  5. There is a sharing violation

How do you delete undeletable files?
How do you delete undeletable files?

Note Location of the File to Delete

The first thing you do is to write down on a paper the location of the file you want to remove. You do this by right clicking on the file – then go to properties – then look at location and write down what follows that. In this case it will be C: \Program Files\Bearshare.

Method 1: Disable Explorer.exe Process

1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL. Select “task manager”. Then select the tab labeled “processes”

 2. Highlight the “explorer.exe” and end the process by selecting “end process”. Do not close the task manager.

3. Go to the undeletable folder/file and try to delete it. The folder C: \Program Files\Bearshare my contain separate files and you may have to delete each file separately

4. Go to the already open task manager and under file select new task

5. In “create new task” type “explorer.exe” and then OK.

Method 2: Overwrite the File

1: Enable files extensions. In my computer, open any folder, then go to folder options, then view tab and uncheck hide extensions for known files types.

2. Write down the exact name of the un-deletable file including the file extension

3. By right clicking on your desktop, create a new text file and rename it with exactly the same name (including extension) as your undeletable file

4. By use of Explorer, locate the new file you have created and the undeletable file. Drug and drop the new file on the undeletable file and overwrite the undeletable file.

5. Disable files extensions that you had enabled earlier on.

Method 3: Use Free Unlocker Software - 993 Kb

1. Download Free Unlocker Software 993 Kb and install it. It may need you to install bing toolbar. Install the bundled bing toolbar and then uninstall it if you do not need it.

2. When unlocker is installed, you will notice that by right clicking any file will have the option to select unlocker.

3. Right click the undeletable file and select unlock. Then follow the instructions and finally delete the file

4. Unlocker seems to be good software to keep in your computer for deleting undeletable files. If it gets very easy to delete program files, it can be very dangerous for your system- so take care.

I hope you will successfully remove Bearshare files if you believe Bearshare is a spyware, and that you will also be able to delete undeletable files that you may have now and future in your computer.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a very useful information.


Kathy 5 years ago

A combination of method 1 and 2 worked for me. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I just recently downloaded bearshare and it started taking over my laptop. After uninstalling it, it would still pop up every time I opened a new tab. I had to find the last folder to unintall the toolbar, then I tried to delete the folder. My own pc was telling me I didn't have permission! I tried method 2 first but encounted a problem, I didn't close any boxes, I just opened task manager and started closing what didn't need to be on (that I knew for sure wasn't going to mess my pc up). After I closed the task manager, it allowed me to over write, then: DELETE, EMPTY REYCYLE BIN, REFRESH DESKTOP AND CREATE A RESTORE POINT!


tattoo saint 5 years ago

thank you


Irene 5 years ago

Ik kan Bearshare niet gebruiken en wil deze verwijderen.


Rodney 5 years ago

I download music from Bearshare, If I by mistake delete my music from bearshare how can I get it back, ore where does it go if you delete it.


EJIM Godwin B 5 years ago

i want to inform you that i am not in anyway interested in the bearshare-file sharing with any one for that matter pls kindly note that i am going to respond firmly if i get to know the bastard behind this hacking to my computer and privatcy, i repaet! i do not need bearshare in my computer.stop sending unsollicited sperms or items into my computer i have nothing to do with you.


mallory 5 years ago

once i ended explorer.xe everything disappeared from my screen except my wallpaper


waleenen@planet.nl 5 years ago

i wiil not have bear share


sue 4 years ago

Thank you very2 much. Finally got rid of the nuisance


GUADALUPE MORENO 4 years ago

REMOVE THE COMPLETE BEARSHARE FILE FROM MY COMPUTER BY APRIL 2 2012 OR I WELL CONTACT THE AUTHORITY AND SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS NEEDED, SEEING THAT THE SON OF A MONGREL DOG THAT CAME UP WITH BEARSHARE AND IS FORCING THE PUBLIC TO HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THIS UNLAWFUL MESS, IS BEHIND BARS FOR HIGHJACKING AND MANY OTHER LAWS THAT HE IS BREAKING ON A DAILY BASES. I HAVE READ MANY 2 COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE DISHONEST METHODS BEING USED BY THIS MANGY CURR AND I IWELL NOT REST UNTIL BEARSHARE IS NON-EXISTENT.


enzo 4 years ago

I just cant get rid of the bloody thing, don't know what to do any help please


nadien lucas 4 years ago

I got rid of bearshare by going to control panel/uninstall programme/

and deleting the little bastard....I hope for good :)


lisa friedrich 4 years ago

i my slef don't what baershaer i what it out of here and delted 4 ever plasse no more my whole fam;y and close friends don't like it one bit

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