30 Mar, 2009

How to remove Bonjour service

Posted by: gisha In: Adobe|Apple|tutorial l

I don’t like it so much when something is running or installed on my laptop without my knowledge or without knowing what it does to my machine. You don’t like it too, do you? From time to time I check what programs appear on my program files and it was one of those routine checks that I saw “Bonjour”. I didn’t install it. I found out that it was installed on package with the iTunes I downloaded to my PC. I bought an iPod Nano for my brother and testing it myself, I had to install iTunes in order to save and manage music and videos, pictures, etc.

Since my brother synchronizes his iPod Nano with another laptop, I can remove bonjour already, and especially because I have problems connecting to the Internet with this software. I thought it was easy, but it was not so. Why Apple, Inc. doesn’t have the fix for this and forcing us to have this unwanted ‘malware’-like program that can’t be easily removed or uninstalled, even when you uninstall iTunes and other bundled programs, it remains in the computer, consuming memory usage.

bonjour-logoBonjour is installed as third-party software to provide zero-configuration networking capabilities to various applications like iTunes, Skype, Gizmo, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Premiere Pro, and Dreamweaver CS3. It enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Bonjour uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically discover each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers. But bonjour interferes with a number of Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients, and most know issue is it makes your windows vista behave incorrectly by detecting multiple networks and not able to connect to the internet.

There are several ways of disabling this relatively useless bonjour service. The easiest way is to run the following command:

1. “C:\Progra~1\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe” -remove and hit OK.
Go to [Start > Run] again and type the following command and hit OK.
2. regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll”
3. After you restart, you can safely delete the Bonjour folder.

This works for others, but after I hit OK the command prompt just popped up and disappeared. When I deleted the bonjour folder, it asked for permission even when I am running as administrator. I cannot delete the culprit.

Another way to remove it is opening the bonjour folder from C:\program files\bonjour

1. Delete the “mNDSResponder.exe” file
2. Once deleted, change the name of the mdnsNSP.dll file in the same folder to an “mdnsNSP.old”.
3. After which all you need to do is reboot your computer and delete the bonjour folder in the program files.

This is effective for other users, but I cannot delete the .exe file in step one as it asks for permission to do so which obviously does not recognize my authority as computer administrator. Others had to do it in safe mode.

My last resort was to run the wizard from called Au revoir, bonjour! This little wizard removed bonjour services on windows PC. It works for me. Au revoir, Bonjour!


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5 Responses to "How to remove Bonjour service"

1 | » Blog Archive » Multiple networks in Vista

March 30th, 2009 at 8:17 am


[…] or not. Trying to see if it solves this multiple networks problem, I have uninstalled Bonjour (see how to completely remove Bonjour service). True enough, my network connection only see one network and I am connected directly to the […]

2 | Antispyware

April 26th, 2009 at 9:06 am


Great information, useful content, cool site.

3 | Mike B

May 19th, 2009 at 12:59 pm


Thank you.
This has been driving me nuts for days.

4 | gisha

May 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm


I’m glad. You are welcome. Had been aggravated with it too.

5 | resim upload

June 13th, 2011 at 6:07 pm


You have brought up a very wonderful points , thankyou for the post.

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