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Susan KeenanThe 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

  1. Click "Start."
  2. Click "All Programs."
  3. Click "Accessories."
  4. Click "System Tools."
  5. Click "System Restore."
  6. Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time," and click on next.
  7. 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.

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Why am I having problems uninstalling programs?

Kate Dubensky

When Program Uninstalls Fail

Most of the time, removing programs from your computer is no big deal

In most cases, Windows Add/Remove application is a useful tool for this job.

First Reinstall the Program and then Try Uninstalling Again

Beginning in your Start menu, you can see all the programs that are installed on your system by selecting Settings, then Control Panel, then Add Remove Program. At this point you can remove the programs that you no longer want. If the program is still showing up on your system after you use the Add/Remove function, it might be unable to completely uninstall if it is unable to find an important file. To check this possibility, reinstall the program, then uninstall it again and see if it is gone.

When Windows Add/Remove Programs Fails

There are some adware and spyware programs that are designed to fragment and disperse on your computer and can be very difficult to remove. In this case you can try a good anti-adware and spyware security program like XoftSpy or AdAware. If you are having trouble with a specific program, visit the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting and tips.

Unwelcome Programs

Some programs, like new versions of operating systems, come packed with various trial versions of other programs that load automatically with the primary program and lodge in the autorun list for constant advertising. In such cases, the programs can be designed to ignore and refuse attempts at uninstallation until the user agrees to reinstall, purchase or renew the program.

Risky- This is where you need a good Uninstaller

In cases like these, you might have to remove the registry key, which basically means removing the computer's note to itself about the program that is stored in the registry. Every time that your computer uses a program, a little bit of it is logged and stored on your registry, basically a catalogue of the system's processes. To make sure that the program has been completely removed, you can manually remove it by modifying the registry.

Back it up Mister

Before making any changes to your registry, make a back up of the current settings. In case something goes wrong, you want to reserve the option to restore the current settings and save the computer's knowledge of your specifications and preferences.

Uninstaller Program Try this one

A number of un-installation programs are available to download or buy online. These programs are able to search, find and remove data more efficiently and more completely than Windows Add/Remove, without the risks and technological know-how required to manually edit the registry. In addition to these features, many uninstallers include other useful tools like managers for your autorun list, Windows tools, Internet browse history and so on. We suggest Perfect Uninstaller to do forced uninstalls for you automatically.

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Kate DubenskyOver time the number of programs and applications on your computer can build up and start to interfere with the smooth functioning of your system. There are a few reasons why you would want to remove programs and applications from your system. When you replace an application with a newer version, or replace a program with a superior or different design, the earlier version or model is unnecessary and redundant. All the programs and applications on your computer are taking up space including disk space, actual RAM memory to keep them in the system, and virtual memory space needed to execute them.

Old and unused programs decrease the available space you have for new programs and slow down processing times, as the computer has to slog through additional files and folders. If you have replaced programs and applications with newer versions, there is no need to keep the redundant material on the system, and they can be removed.

The first way to rid your computer of unwanted files is to use the Windows Add/Remove tool. You will need administrative control in order to add or remove programs from your computer. First, go into the Applications menu and check out the installed programs. If there are any there that you no longer want, simply uncheck the box to remove it.

Sometimes, even after using the Add/Remove function, there are unwanted programs that remain. In this case they need to be manually removed. Inside your computer there is a registry, which keeps a record of all the actions taken by your computer to execute files and, in time, small bits of programs are left behind. Clutter on your registry will result in longer processing times for the system to perform the commands you give it, as well as increase the likelihood that you will encounter errors, stalls and program crashes. If you have replaced old programs, you can run a registry scan to clean it up and remove all the bits of info and code that your computer no longer needs. Even after you have removed programs, small bits of code related to old logs can remain in the registry. It's possible to clean up your registry manually, but it is a delicate matter and you should be sure to create a back up first just in case.

If you are hesitant to edit the registry manually, there are a number of uninstall programs available to download or buy. These programs are detailed and comprehensive ways to clean and organize your system. Uninstall programs can completely remove all unwanted software faster and more efficiently than Add/Remove or manual uninstall. Uninstall programs also scan and clean up the programs that are set to run automatically when the computer turns on. Unlike Add/Remove, this streamlined technology is designed to uninstall even difficult programs completely. These programs are easy tools to use, they usually include a display screen to easily view the icons for all uninstalled programs and give you convenient tools to search for itemized files or folders.

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What is Add or Remove Programs?

Elizabeth Ann WestAdd or Remove Programs is a tool on the Control Panel to give users more authority over the programs installed on the computer. There are many applications for Add or Remove Programs users will find important, such as the frequency of program use, availability of updates, installing new programs, and removing unwanted programs from the system.

The main screen of Add or Remove Programs will populate a list of all programs installed on the computer accessible by Windows. If your hard drive is partitioned, or you run a dual boot system, not all programs will be listed. To the right of each program name will be important information. Windows will tell the user how often the program is used, when the last use occurred, and the size of the program. There will then be a button to change the program or to remove it from the system.

On the left side of the screen are some other tools. Add New Programs will allow the user to start the install wizard for software from a CD-ROM or to update device drivers and Windows components through an Internet connection. Most of the time, simply inserting a CD-ROM into the computer will cause Windows to begin the Installation Wizard. Older or specialty software may not allow this feature, and in this case a user must start the process from the Control Panel's Add New Programs.

Another tool in Add or Remove Programs is the Add or Remove Windows Components. This does not require the Windows disk to add or remove components. This can be a handy tool when you are setting up different user accounts on the system, and don't want certain components available to all users. Or, if you do not use a particular component of Windows, such as Media Player, Windows Messenger, you can remove it from your sight.

Finally, users should also take advantage of the ease of Set Program Access and Defaults. This will allow users to select the default programs for email, media files, and web browsers. This isn't an issue if you only use Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer or Outlook for email. If however, you wish to select Firefox as your default browser, or Winamp as your default movie viewer, this is the place to do it.

One problem with using Add or Remove Programs to delete programs is that Windows will often give you the message that files are used by multiple programs, and deleting them could cause other programs to become unstable. This is a problem because the information is limited in nature. As a result, prudent users will choose to keep the "shared" files, when its possible that it is unnecessary. Whenever possible, it much better to use a programs uninstall feature if available because it will remove all of the files associated with the program.

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Is there a chance that when I force my computer to uninstall using a program, that I will hurt its performance?

Unfortunately, computers can be quite contrary at times. Therefore, removing or uninstalling programs from our computers can pose minor and even major problems for us. In fact, sometimes it is necessary to take further action in order to uninstall an obstinate program that simply refuses to go away. When that happens to any of us, the need to purchase an application to uninstall the program forcibly from our computer often occurs.

It might take a leap of faith to put all the cards in the hands of a computer program so to speak. After all, most people like to be independent and self-sufficient. Plus, we've all heard the mantra that computers and computer software are only as good as the individuals who created them. What if I purchase a program that isn't quite up to the task and it wrecks my machine? If I force my computer to allow me to uninstall a program, will I hurt my computer's performance? Plus, the worry always exists that perhaps I am going to cause more harm than good.

This is where common sense comes into play. Perhaps the most important task to perform when purchasing a software application to do the dirty work for you is to do your homework. Purchasing a reputable application is the best way to ensure that you are not going to hurt your computer's performance if and when you force it to uninstall a specific program using such software.

Next, think about the type of program that you are uninstalling from your computer no matter how many times it has resisted you in the past. If this program happens to be some type of malware, allowing it to remain on your computer will do it more harm than good. The only harm that should come to your computer's performance when you force an uninstall of a program is when you remove a program that is necessary to your computer's functioning.

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Do I need a program to help me uninstall programs or can I do it myself?

If you are thinking about uninstalling a program or two from your computer and you don't know where to begin, I can totally understand. After all, I wasn't born with this knowledge either. Plus, it seems as though so many people don't actually want to tell you how to do it on your own, because they would rather you pay them to uninstall your programs for you. I have learned though, that I can uninstall some programs quite easily, while others take a bit more time and work.

Fortunately for me, Windows based operating systems provide an easy way to uninstall many unwanted programs from my computer. I can begin by accessing the Start Menu. Next, I can select either Settings and the Control Panel or just the Control Panel, depending on which of my computers I am currently using. Once I follow that step, I click the Add or Remove Programs icon. Next, I scroll through the list of programs to select the one that I wish to get rid of and click remove. If the question ever pops up asking me to remove a shared file, I usually resist the urge to do so. I know that sometimes some other program that I am keeping might still need a shared file.

In other cases, I have individual software applications that feature the option to uninstall the program. This is usually a straightforward process since the uninstall procedure is usually located in the program's folder. Usually this simple process often does the trick quite nicely.

Unfortunately, certain types of programs are not so easily removed from my computer and I find that I need to obtain a program to help me with this. Uninstalling malware and viruses is not something that I recommend you do on your own. I don't like messing with the computer's registry and so I would rather obtain a program that automatically detects and removes such programs form my machine without my help. Therefore, I always opt for assistance whenever I need to remove malware, spyware, or adware.
There are times when I uninstall a program and find that not everything has been deleted. However, some programs are available that will clean my computer from all of the remnants of programs that I have uninstalled.

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