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How to Delete FinallyFast Software

Updated on April 17, 2016

FinallyFast is easy to get and hard to get rid of

If you do not have this yet be warned, FinallyFast will not speed up your computer. It will not only slow it down, in my experience it will make it completely non-functional.

FinallyFast claims to be free software that will get rid of infected files on your computer, but what it really does is do a fake scan and tell you that you have hundreds of infected files on your computer, and the only way to get rid of them is to pay for their software. It is pretty easy to believe that you have serious problems, as you can't do anything without that window popping up warning you of dire consequences if you don't hurry up and buy FinallyFast.

Now, I'm not sure what would happen if you actually paid for the software, perhaps it does something for you, but with this kind of scammy sales tactics I wasn't about to do that.

I'm no computer guru, but I like to putz around with them, and if something's wrong I usually can figure it out. A friend of mine was having problems with his computer and thought he had a computer virus. He asked me if I would take a look at it. I was able to discover the problem and fix it. This is how I got rid of FinallyFast, use this information at your own risk.

Careful what you click on

Don't ever click on a free file scan on your computer, and don't ever download or install anything unless you are sure what it is. I don't know how they got on there, but FinallyFast files were already installed on this computer. My friend did not know how they got there. He was not aware of downloading or clicking anything to do with FinallyFast.

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What I tried

I should say here that the computer I was working on is a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7. When I went to the Control Panel and tried to uninstall the program I could see that it had been installed on June 27, 2013. I was working on the computer on July 16, 2013. I mention this here because this program has been around for a few years and it seems that it has been tweaked and adapted over time. What works now may not work later. I read where others recommended Malwarebytes to fix this problem, I tried it and it did not work for me. This computer was running the latest version of Norton antivirus also, and it didn't see FinallyFast as a virus or spyware.

When I attempted to uninstall the program it would not uninstall. I got an error message saying that the application was running and that I should quit the program before uninstalling. When I launched my Task Manager (Ctrl-Shift-Esc), it did not show the program running. I noticed that there was another app that had been installed at the same time, from the same publisher (Ascentive). It was called Performance Center. I tried to uninstall that with the same result.

Then I searched the system for FinallyFast (Click on start and type in your search query). When it finds the file, right-click the file and go to Open File Location. The files were located in C: / Program Files (x86). There were 2 folders, "Ascentive" and "FinallyFast." I tried to delete the folders and got the same error message, that the applications were running.

What finally worked

Each time I had restarted the computer, FinallyFast would immediately start up. I had been following my first impulse, which was to click the X in the corner and close the window. This seemed to close the program, but the computer still would not function. I could not stay connected to the internet. The problem was how to close FinallyFast and Performance Center.

This time when the program started up I left that window open. I opened the Task Manager and it showed that FinallyFast was running. I clicked on end task, it closed but immediately started up again. So, with the Task Manager still open, I opened the window showing the folders I wanted to delete. I ended the task and quickly deleted one of the folders before the program had time to start up again. I had to restart again and repeat the process to delete the other folder.

I went back to uninstall programs and again tried to uninstall FinallyFast and Performance Center. This time the error said that they had already been uninstalled, but it offered to remove them from the list, which I gladly did.


One last step

After I had deleted FinallyFast and Peformance Center I thought I was done. I was able to start up Chrome and connect to the internet, which I hadn't been able to do before. However, I still kept getting lots of pop-ups related to making my computer run faster etc.

When I checked the Chrome settings there were some odd default settings, including some strange search engine default. I adjusted them, and was then able to use Chrome normally with no problems. However, the next time I restarted the computer the settings had reverted back. I ended up deleting Chrome and re-installing it. That fixed things and there have been no further problems.

Have you ever had a computer virus or problem software you couldn't get rid of?

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      shewins 2 years ago

      I wrote this in June of 2013. Basically, I had to go to the task manager and use it to stop the program FinallyFast before I could delete the folders "Ascentive" and "FinallyFast." They were located in C: / Program Files (x86). Once this was done I had to clear my cache and history, then it was all OK.

      FinallyFast has been around a long time, and they keep adapting it, so I'm not sure if these instructions will still work now, it's been almost 2 years. Good luck with it.

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      shoeless 2 years ago

      I tried to uninstall Finally Fast but can not remove it, what's the secret to get this crap out of my system???

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      AaronRJackson 3 years ago

      Hi, I want to get rid of "Finally Fast" because it's been giving me to many problems. Like: causing to many pop-ups and making My Computer freeze to much to.

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      shewins 4 years ago

      @leatherwooddesign: Good for you kashmier. It feels good to take care of these things ourselves doesn't it?

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      After reading you lens I had to write one about the problem I finally fixed today. Thanks for the information. My newest problem was the Bing search engine always opening. Fixed and I felt like jumping the way the lady is in the photo above :)

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      shewins 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad you got rid of it Karin. My daughter had one called "Strongvault." It was supposed to back up the information on your computer, but it just brought everything to a standstill. It was also resistant to being uninstalled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had the finallyfast scam issue, and had to hire someone to get delete it. This was a few years ago, there was another one like it too, can't remember the name - but it was another buggy scam that was hard to delete!

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      shewins 4 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Don't touch it with a 10-foot pole! Thanks for the visit.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow. I see this advertised on t.v. all the time. I never tried it because I wondered how it would really be free anyway. Thanks for filling us in.

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      paynui 4 years ago

      Yes I have had similar problems and I am very wary now.