The steps you take to remove unwanted programs depend on the type of program that you are trying to remove. However, rebooting the laptop will involve basically the same steps no matter which type of program you are trying to remove. You have several options available to you and I will go through them. Simply pick the one that best suits your needs. These directions might vary slightly from what you need to do since the manufacturer of your laptop and the operating system that you use make a difference.
Boot Up in Safe Mode
If you have been having difficulty with your computer's performance, then you might want to boot your computer up in Safe Mode. Refer to the directions that came with your laptop if you have them to see which function key you should press to use this feature. If you don't have the manual, try the following directions:
- Turn the power for the laptop on.
- Immediately press the "F2," "F8,"or "F12" function key on the keyboard.
- Follow the prompts, selecting "Last known good configuration."
Boot Up with System Restore
- Click "Start."
- Click "All Programs."
- Click "Accessories."
- Click "System Tools."
- Click "System Restore."
- Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time," and click on next.
- Follow the prompts to complete the process.
Boot Up or Installation Disk
If you have the installation or boot up disk that came with your laptop handy, this is an excellent strategy for booting up a troublesome computer. Turn the power for your laptop on, insert the boot up disk, and press the "ESC" key on the keyboard. As soon as the phrase "check system" appears, press the "F1" key on the keyboard. Switch the boot up option to the CD drive and follow the prompts given.
How to Remove Unwanted Programs
If you are simply looking to remove basic programs or applications, you can try using the "Add/Remove Program Utility" to do so. You will find it located in your computer's "Control Panel." Note that in Windows Vista, this utility is now called "Programs and Features."
For some applications, it is necessary to use the "Uninstaller" that the manufacturer provides for the program. This ensures that the assorted files associated with the application are properly removed. If you prefer a commercial product designed to effectively remove even the most troublesome installations, try PerfectUninstaller.
If the unwanted applications that you have on your laptop are forms of malware such as spyware, viruses, adware, Trojans, etc, then you should use a reliable "Anti-virus/anti-spyware application." I can recommend ParetoLogic's "Anti-Virus Plus" for you. This application has a free trial scan that you can use prior to purchasing the product.