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Remove WildTangent

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

WildTangent is an online gaming plugin bundle from, containing
the WildTangent Web Driver, WildTangent Multiplayer Library, WildTangent Updater and WildTangent GameChannel.
WildTangent is downloaded as a standard setup .exe file
or installed by an activeX control from the vendor’s web site. WildTangent
is also bundled with Games from WildTangent and some WinAmp plugins.
Some Internet Service providers such as
Verizon and Bellsouth
install the WildTangent software. Some desktops from HP
comes with WildTangent installed. AOL Instant Messenger 5.5 bundles
WildTangent Multiplayer Library,
Updater and WebDriver without any notice in the End User License Agreement.
Symantec support
has more information about how WildTangent is installed on the users’ system.

WildTangent has an automatic update feature:
‘The WildTangent Updater, or wcmdmgr.exe, as it is known to your computer system,
is our automated support engine; because of the complexity and rapid innovation of
cutting-edge 3d hardware these days, we have decided on an automated solution for
supporting all the latest hardware out there. The Updater allows your computer to
periodically check in with our servers and see if an update is available. If so, it
downloads and installs the new version without interrupting your work.’
You can configure WildTangent not to update automatically.

WildTangent use Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs) when connecting
their servers in order to identify
your installation of the software. These GUIDs are not shared with any third parties
according to the vendor.

The vendor’s write-up about the information WildTangent collects:
‘We collect certain system configuration information through our software such as your computer’s
CPU speed, video card configuration, and DirectX version. We use this information to adjust the
way our games and other software work in order to ensure their best possible performance. We also
collect certain product usage information through our software such as the number of product
launches and time spent playing a product.

Our software includes a service that updates the GameChannel menu located in your Start folder
with the latest games. Periodically, your computer will connect to our servers to receive the
latest product updates. New product availability information or messages are transparently and
unobtrusively transferred to your computer in the background, allowing you to review them later
when you’re off-line. You can access these product updates in the Game Channel folder of your
start menu.’

A presentation from Symantec mentions
WildTangent (Swedish).

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  1. Guest says:
    October 20th, 2004 at 8:10 am

    now when I start my computer I get a message saying that WildTangent cannot be started because the DLL file is missing. What can I do?

  2. Guest says:
    October 25th, 2004 at 7:10 am

    I removed it but now I get an error message whenever I boot up, because of a missing .dll file. Is there a way of fixing that?

  3. Guest says:
    October 29th, 2004 at 10:10 am

    I get the same error message when I boot up – obviously not everything was removed – has anyone figured out what it is yet?? How to get rid of it??

  4. Guest says:
    October 29th, 2004 at 9:10 pm

    That is because you use the quick & easy way: letting spy blaster software delete off. The best way is to completely uninstall the program, followed by removing the registry values as above.

  5. Guest says:
    November 1st, 2004 at 1:11 pm

    I get the same error message. Waiting for some detailed help as I am not real computer literate. I'm hoping I don't have to fool with the registry — is that possible?

  6. Guest says:
    November 6th, 2004 at 3:11 pm

    Stupid thing wont let me get into my hotmail / msn.i only have 46 infections by wildtangent…im so mad!!!

  7. Guest says:
    November 12th, 2004 at 5:11 pm

    same error..what do if Current version folder missing from Regedit? executable didnt work

  8. Guest says:
    November 16th, 2004 at 2:11 pm

    For those of you that removed it, and are now getting the error messages, did you use the Removal Tool or do it manually ?

  9. recca says:
    January 14th, 2005 at 6:01 pm

    hey guys! i follwed the instructions here as well as this: Start-> RUN-> MSCONFIG-> STARTUP-> CLICK DISABLE ALL-> APPLY-> CLOSE-> RESTART. the dll does not run anymore at startup! hope this was helpful. good day!

  10. ipsmile says:
    January 19th, 2005 at 3:01 pm

    Did not work using msconfig to disable WildTangent, could not delete the entry from the registry either. Some how the entry was placed back right after deletion. The registry entry is at
    Appreciate if you could share any info,

  11. redtamalera says:
    February 11th, 2005 at 5:02 pm

    removed Wild Tangent and got the same dll error everyone else gets so I went online to find a way to remove it, found one and now my computer will either stay on the Windows screen in a kinda dull lit way with no way to make it change or it will go into the bios boot mode and stay there. If I hit reset it will boot into my user but I know this isn't good, have any ideas? Desperate!

  12. Guest says:
    November 16th, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Let Spybot remove it.

  13. Guest says:
    December 5th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I let Spybot remove it. However, I see a file named WildTangent in my program files. Should I remove that too?

  14. Guest says:
    September 21st, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    My spybot won't remove it.
    It says the Wildtagent is saved onto my memory.
    And it's not in Install/ uninstall programs.
    And that didn't work.
    And it won't load up sites that will help.
    Any ideas on how to fix it.

  15. Guest says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    i need for the fourth time i am asking will please stop taking out $6.99 every week or just cancel my subsription and if that does not work i will get my lawyer ta take care of this i am asking nicely this time next time .mrs.challe

  16. Lina House says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    PLEASE cancel my membership. Stop billing my credit card….I do not wish to continue as a member or to use your services.

    Thank you,
    Lina House


  17. wfgwjth says:
    April 12th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    lolololol “we have 2 request to stop billing us in some random forum again…lets get right on that team!”

  18. Tom says:
    October 7th, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ok, I had a look in my Program Files – in the WildTangent folder there were a couple of uninstallers; I ran these and now the WT icon appears to have vanished from my Games folder and the Programs and Features section of my Control Panel. Success! Hope this helps the rest of you…

  19. Nicole says:
    December 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Can anyone confirm if Wild Tangent is virus ridden and spyware ridden like it used to be?
    I have 2 boys that want to continually play games from there.
    Thanks for everyones help.

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