How to uninstall Prey
Before we start
Uninstall.exe file located in the Prey install folder,
C:\Windows\Prey by default. Double-clicking on that will remove all traces of Prey, provided that you have administrator rights on the computer.
Uninstaller.exe file is not available, then it means that Prey was installed using the MSI packages. That's intended for corporate environments, and to uninstall Prey you'll need to run the MSI installer again. Just grab the latest MSI package for Prey, run, and then follow the instructions.
This still doesn't work
Something could have gone terribly wrong, and for some reason you could still be unable to uninstall Prey using the previous methods. If that's the case, please follow these steps:
- Hit the
Rkeys on the device at the same.
- On that little prompt type
services.mscand hit Enter.
- Look for
Cron Serviceand right-click on it to check its
- Disable it from running on startup and apply changes.
- Reboot the system.
- Manually delete the Prey folder located on
Ragain and now run
- Delete all entries that include
Wow6432Node/Prey(if you're running a 64-bits system)
- Manually run the installer again to install Prey into your system.
- Run now the
Uninstall.exefile to remove all traces of Prey.
OS X and Ubuntu
Removing Prey from Unix-based systems is quite straightforward. You just need to open a terminal ( OS X) and run the following command:
sudo /usr/local/lib/prey/current/bin/prey config hooks pre_uninstall && sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/prey /var/log/prey.log /etc/prey
That will effectively delete all traces of Prey from your system. If you get a command not found message on the terminal, then it means that you're running an older version of Prey. To remove that one use this command instead.
sudo /usr/lib/prey/current/bin/prey config hooks pre_uninstall && sudo rm -rf /usr/lib/prey /var/log/prey.log /etc/prey
Prey for Android is a bit difficult to remove because thieves shouldn't have it easy. If you're sure you don't need this protection anymore, please follow these instructions:
- On the device, go to
- Disable permissions for Prey.
- Uninstall Prey as any other app.
iPhones and iPads don't support any kind of special protection for apps, so you should be able to uninstall Prey as any other.