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How Do I Remove Programs If They Aren't Listed In Add/Remove Programs?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by bizwiz2, Jun 3, 2004.

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  1. bizwiz2

    bizwiz2 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a number of programs that I want to get off my computer. None of them have an uninstall option. Some say to go to add/remove programs to remove them. However, none of them are listed in add/remove programs. How do I get them off my computer? Thanks. :confused:
     
  2. slipe

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    Usually if the program isn’t in Add/remove it didn’t come with an uninstall applet. You can delete the folder but make sure you keep it in your recycle bin for a while to make sure you didn’t take something essential with it. Then do a search both on the computer and in the registry for things made by the program.

    I would advise just leaving them on the computer. Make sure they are inactive and ignore them – they are inert as long as they are removed from your startup.
     
  3. bizwiz2

    bizwiz2 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply.

    How do I search for things made by the program? How do I know when I've found something the program made?

    How do I make sure the programs are inactive?

    Thanks.
     
  4. TN_1

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    It's impossible to answer without knowing which program you are talking about that because there are countless number of programs which create all sorts of files on your computer.

    By saying "inactive", slipe simply means that do not use those programs.
     
  5. TOGG

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    There is a free program called Add/Remove Pro which includes an option that lists all entries, not just what's in the Windows Add/Remove list. You can get details here;http://www.superwin.com/freeware.htm

    If you do try this program you will need to be very, very careful before using this option as any errors could do serious damage. Unless you have no space left on your hard drive, why not do as slipe suggests and leave the program(s) alone?.

    If it were me, I would ensure that those programs were not loading at startup and then ignore them. I've got lots of rubbish like that which I don't use and which isn't causing me any problems.
     
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