Bonjour (mDNSResponder.exe) is a general method or Apple’s tool to discover services on a local area network; basically what it does is to search for software updates and reminds you on the latest patch. It can be somewhat annoying and it consumes your computer’s processor and memory usage.
The Bonjour service starts automatically and executes a process named mDNSResponder.exe when Windows boots up, the annoying part is it can’t be ended by Windows Task Manager or removed from the add and remove manager in the control panel.
So, how do we go about deleting it from our computer? Before we begin the journey of removing this annoying software, we ought to make sure you’re not running these selected programs:
- Any Apple Software, iChat, iTunes, iPhone Sync and many more
- Adobe Creative Suite 3
So, how do you remove Bonjour?
Remove Bonjour mDNSResponder.exe
- Step 1 – Go to “Start’ > “Run” and type the following command “%PROGRAMFILES%\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe” -remove and hit OK.
- Step 2 – Go to Start > Run again and type the following command regsvr32 /u “%PROGRAMFILES%\Bonjour\mdnsNSP.dll” and hit OK.
- Step 3 – Restart your computer
- Step 4 – Delete the Program Files\Bonjour folder
Note: Please take into account the path to Program Files may be different if you are running Windows in another language. You need to enclose the command in ” “, or double quotes. Just as it is shown above.
If the following process appears to be somewhat too complicated, or too geeky, surf to Gizmo Project’s website, they have created a small tool called Turn off Bonjour, basically what it does is it turns off and removes the redundant Bonjour service from your computer. You are still required to delete the Bonjour files and folder from your C drive manually.
If somehow things went haywire and you’ve messed up your computer’s system, fear not, download and reinstall Bonjour for Windows from Apple. It is highly advisable to download these tools before you proceed with the task of removing Bonjour, just in case Bonjour really messed up your TCP/IP and cuts you off from the internet.
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Why you should delete or remove Bonjour?
Bonjour can be a security threat by leaving a port open on your machine so that it can send data back and forth between the host company of the product you’ve installed.
This allows hackers to gain access to your computer if that particular software you are using came with a bug, furthermore, it consumes your bandwidth unnecessary, who needs a software to remind them of software updates? If I need a software patch due to frequent crashes, I’ll visit the official website!