Many, many admins found Windows Desktop Search (WDS) 3.01 deployed throughout their networks via WSUS without their knowledge or approval (see Robert’s screenshots of his rules) in late October, 2007. The problem with WDS is that once installed, it begins indexing the contents of workstations and servers alike, causing machines to slow down under the load.
WDS, also known as KB 917013, was deployed according to these reasons posted on the WSUS Product Team Blog. Regardless of the justifications put forth by Microsoft, legions of network administrators are demanding Microsoft release an automated un-installation tool for WDS. While Microsoft has yet to give in to consumer demand, they were kind enough to post these three ways of removing WDS:
- Add/Remove Programs
- Using spuninsnts: %windir%\$NtUninstallKB917013$\spuninst\spuninst.exe /q /promptrestart
- Using System Restore on Windows XP (not available on Windows Server 2003).
Thanksfully some resourceful admins have posted the following methods for automated, remote removal:
Powershell script from PhishThis!
AD Computer Startup GPO script from Susan
Uninstall INF from Andrew
MsiExec.exe solution using GUID from anonymous
MsiExec.exe solution using KB917013.msi from Jie-Feng
VBscript from Rems
VBscript from econ
Logon Script from DenyAll
Also note that the WSUS Program Manager is calling this a “publishing process error” rather than taking responsibility for releasing shoddy software.