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Adobe Uninstall misgivings

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Yepytsme, Jun 30, 2012.

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  1. Yepytsme

    Yepytsme Thread Starter

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    Hello. I have Adobe and it really is a bloatware. I uninstalled it using Revo Uninstaller but after it 'claimed' it had completely uninstalled Adobe, I did a search and found dozens and dozens of files under Adobe and more files that were associated with Adobe. Can I and how can I safely uninstall Adobe without the fear of damaging my other files or worse damaging my computer?
    I am attaching a screenshot of my searched files containing Adobe and you'll notice that it's associated itself with Nero, Canon, and a VLC Media Player, among others.
     

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  2. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Adobe has several programs.

    You didn't advise which one you uninstalled.

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  3. Yepytsme

    Yepytsme Thread Starter

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    Hi Flavallee, thanks for taking the time to reply.
    That's the problem, it was quite a while ago and I'm not sure exactly what version I have and I personally think I may have duplicates of several versions. All I initially wanted was a PDF reader and wound up with several bloats. Perhaps this screenshot may provide you with a clue as to what I have. I found out the the Flash Player is "ActiveX Version": 11.2.202.235 and the "Plug-in version" is: 11.3.300.262. Here's where the fun begins, it seems I have "Adobe AIR\Versions\1.0" [five different locations], then I also have "Adobe\ARM\Reader_10.1.1", and "Adobe\Acrobat\9.0" [twice], "Adobe\ARM\Reader_10.1.1\20924" [twice], etc., etc.
    So to eliminate all this confusion I would just prefer to totally remove any and all reference to Adobe completely and start fresh.

    Thanks again for your help.
     

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    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    Provide a screenshot of the top portion of your "Add Or Remove Programs" list so we can see exactly what Adobe-related apps you have installed.

    Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX (11.3.300.257)
    Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin (11.3.300.262)
    are needed so your browsers can access and view multimedia content in webpages.

    Adobe Reader X (10.1.3)
    is needed so you can acess and view on-line documents and manuals in PDF format.

    Acrobat.com
    Adobe AIR

    are NOT needed by the vast majority of users, so they can be uninstalled.

    If one or more of your programs has Adobe as part of them, deleting everything Adobe-related will likely cause those programs not to work or work properly.

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  5. Yepytsme

    Yepytsme Thread Starter

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    Hi, if what you say is true then it looks like I'm stuck with the freakin bloatware program because, as you'll see in the screen shots, there are tons of programs apparently associated with Adobe. Adobe3.jpg is what's in my control panel, Adobe4 & 5 are what shows when I ask for 'what programs are associated with Adobe'. Adobe 4 and 5 screenshots are only about 1/4 of the page of files listed.

    [help]
     

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    Provide a screenshot of the Add Or Remove Programs list.
    (Make sure that "Show Updates" is not selected, and make sure that "Sort By - Name" is selected.)

    Provide a screenshot of the contents of the C:\Program Files folder.

    Provide a screenshot of the contents of the C:\Program Files\Common Files folder.

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  7. Yepytsme

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    Is this it/them, or do you want all the listings under each folder within?
     

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    There should be an Adobe folder inside the Programs Files folder.

    Since there isn't, Adobe Reader must no longer be installed in your computer.

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    Acrobat.com and Adobe AIR can be uninstalled from the "Add Or Remove Programs" list, unless you're wanting to keep them for some reason.

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  9. Yepytsme

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    Hi again Flavallee, just one more [maybe] question...can I then uninstall ALL the files under: Program Files/common files/Adobe..., as per the attachment?
     

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    Oh, and just one more thing [hope this will be accepted as a jpg, it's a biggie], this [scrolling snapshot] is everything that's associated with Adobe, which I'm sure you can appreciate, is one heck of a huge pile of files....

    Wait a minute, still trying to upload the snapshot...seems it's too big, going to try something else

    Nothing worked, this file is waaay too big, I counted the files associated with Adobe and there are 304 files. I'm assuming that if I delete all those files I'll reallly screw up my system, right?
     
  11. flavallee

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    You should not be manually deleting any folders from inside the

    C:\Program Files

    C:\Programs Files\Common Files


    folders without really knowing what you're doing.

    Uninstalling programs from the Add Or Remove Programs list and manually deleting folders are 2 entirely different things.

    You don't "uninstall" folders.

    If you keep going in this manner, you're going to wind up with broken programs and possibly wreak havoc with your computer.

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