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STEP 1: Uninstall Software Using Control Panel

First thing first! Uninstall the software using Windows Control Panel.

Windows XP and earlier:

Open Control Panel, double‐click on "Add/Remove Programs", select the
program name and click on Uninstall button. It'll remove it.

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Open Control Panel, click on "Programs and Features", select the program
name and click on Uninstall button.

delete it. It'll open the folders directly. Program Files folder: Application Data folder: . you'll need check following folders: %programfiles% %appdata% If you find any folder with the name of the software program which you uninstalled using 1st step. STEP 2: Delete Remaining Files and Folders of the Program Even though you have uninstalled the software using Control Panel. NOTE: You just need to type the above mentioned text in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. To delete these leftovers. some files of this program might still remain in a few system folders.

many times its entry in Windows Registry is not deleted by the uninstaller. 2. If you installed Windows in any other drive. If you find a key. you'll need to take ownership of the key as mentioned in following tutorial: [Guide] How to Take Ownership ﴾Permission﴿ of a Registry Key in Windows? . Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor. It might increase Windows Registry size.NOTE 2: 64‐bit system users will also need to check "C:\Program Files ﴾x86﴿" folder. Here we assume your Windows is installed in C: drive. When you uninstall a software program. replace C: with that drive letter. delete it. 1. you'll also need to delete its key from Windows Registry. Follow this step only if you are comfortable with Windows Registry and if you have used Registry Editor in past. STEP 3: Remove Software Keys from Windows Registry You'll have to be very careful while following this step. If you get an error while deleting a Registry key such as "Cannot delete key: Error while deleting key". Now go to following keys one by one: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE HKEY_USERS\. look for a key with the name of your uninstalled software. To completely uninstall the software.DEFAULT\Software 64‐bit system users will also need to check following extra key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node Once you go to the above mentioned keys.

you can delete it. STEP 4: Empty Temp Folder At last you can also empty Temp folder which contains temporary files and cleaning this folder is absolutely safe. If yes. PS: Make sure to take a backup before deleting anything from Windows Registry so that you can restore it later if something goes wrong. expand it and check whether its related to the uninstalled software program. leave them. Delete the key only if you are absolutely sure that the key was created by the uninstalled software.Sometimes the key name might be based on the company name or developer name so if you suspect a key. You can empty them. These files might be used by some running software or Windows services. It'll save a . To take backup. If Windows shows errors while deleting a few files.REG file containing the backup of that key. type following one by one in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter: %temp% temp It'll open Temp folders. To empty Temp folder. right‐click on the key which you are going to delete and select "Export". . You'll have to be very cautious for it. PS2: Expert users can also find all occurrence of the key with the name of uninstalled software using "Ctrl+F" and delete them.

. Windows 8 / 8. you'll be able to completely uninstall and remove a software program from Windows. Thanks VG! I thought that I had seen that method elsewhere.. but your tutorial on it by far passes what the other tech said. Thanks Again Klem .1. Share this article: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Reddit | Tell a friend Posted in: Software. feel free to post them in your comment. Windows 7. Windows XP Other similar articles that may interest you Add “Open in New Window” Option in Folders and Drives Context Menu in Windows [Tip] Add Secret “Hide File Names” Option in “View” Menu in Windows Vista and Later Download Official Microsoft Brilliant Black Skin for Windows Media Player [Tip] Get Classic Theme. Troubleshooting.That's it. Windows Vista. After following the above mentioned steps. If you have any question or suggestion. UI and Features Back in Mozilla Firefox Add “Desktop Shortcuts” Cascading Menu in Windows 7 and Later Desktop Context Menu Get Windows 7 CAD ﴾Ctrl+Alt+Del﴿ Screen in Windows XP Comments David S.

it really worked Valoo Your tutorial is such an interested one. After going through all of your steps. If it doesnt work. VG! Kat Thank you very much! I run Secunia PSI on my computer which tells me if any programs are insecure..com/download‐unlocker‐file‐unlocking‐utility‐for‐windows/ Surya Thanks a lot. Nichole Amazing thank you !!! AG This absolutely. Thanks a lot! kami thanks. Secunia PSI still recognized it as being there since pieces of the program were still in my computer.Helped me to reinstall IDM :P . Even though I had uninstalled Mozilla Firefox...askvg.dll. Remain blessed.. Thanks again for your help! Alexander Help me.. but your instructions were easy enough for even me to follow. it's very annoying! Thank you :﴿ VG ^^ Most of the times these files can be deleted after a reboot... please! I'm trying to uninstall Nero trial.dll. I'm not computer savvy.. you can try Unlocker: http://www. Many thanks. thank you for such a help you have rendered to ppl like me. positively works. NBService and NeroAPIGlueLayerUnicode.U are a Godsent for post.dll. I followed all of your steps but there is still a Nero folder which cannot be deleted ﴾ C:\Program Files ﴾x86﴿\Common Files\Nero﴿ with files such as LBFC. it disappeared from Secunia PSI... I'm desperate.. keep it up Mani its really useful. Thank you so much !! Now I can play demo games over and over !! Jax This helped a lot.dll. NB... NBBurn.

awesome job guys jonameechi I can no longer create playlists in WMP 12 WIN 7 x64 SP1.avi. Unfortunately. advice would be most appreciated. can't delete the registry items ﴾tells me I can't delete. [Close] [Web Help] And the link to Web Help. That sometimes it can be corrupted and would need to be reinstalled. and I had opened it and made a few. And all it says in error box is: Windows Media Player encountered a ploblem while creating or saving the playlist. mp4.. basically directs me here. search the Microsoft Support site. . yeah. But at some point. I just did a I Fresh Install. probably from same reason﴿‐‐ but I completely uninstalled that stupid IE. . I'm paraphrasing. it stopped allowing me to even Create Playlists.zenab Great stuff thanks in lots :﴿ Erik Tried all that ﴾with trying to delete IE folders﴿‐‐ nothing works.. any Media File I associated it to when it behaved. but. and it will play. But no Playlists can be created. or so I think.. For more information about codecs. ﴾PS‐ first I "took Control" of it as administrator with the app you noted on your other blog﴿ Any ideas? ajju thank you dude for helping me Marianne Totally wooooooooooooooooooooooooooorked. and it said it was currupted and could not fix. I mean.. Experts are on hand to help. during configuration of Windows Explorer or WMP. or another area. I ran a Troubleshooter. or any Music or Picture File. Any. specific info about the error isn't currently available. see Codecs: frequently asked questions. A common reason why files don't play is that you might have the wrong codec on your PC. Can't delete folder as it is telling me the app is open. For general help with Windows Media Player. . Windows Media Player error You got an error message while using Windows Media Player. You can post questions about Windows Media Player errors in the Windows forum. I can click a . not a single one.mkv. so I know it WAS working.

. I uninstalled trial version of office 2010 but from then i could not install any office version. I have followed all the steps shown above but still i could not install office . how to remove that software/s ? VG ^^ Same steps will be applicable.com/ccleaner‐freeware‐system‐optimization‐and‐privacy‐ tool/ joyce kenny can you send me details of how to get office student 2007 off this desktop and onto my new desktop with windows 8.askvg. Check method 4 in following topic: http://www. this desktop i want to decommission. i only want office cleaned out so nobody can use it except me yours sincerely J A Kenny VG ^^ You can find out your Office key using following link: http://www.com/winguggle‐get‐your‐windows‐and‐office‐product‐keys‐ easily‐and‐quickly/ And then uninstall Office from your computer. i only have 2 keys .askvg.askvg. It'll restore default system files if any system file is corrupted or missing.com/how‐to‐remove‐or‐uninstall‐3rd‐party‐transformation‐ packs‐in‐windows/ Ivan Orokkhito Thank you very much ! I sometimes install soft wares in some different drive ﴾Not in the same drive that contains the system software﴿ . SHIYAS Thank you very much. very helpful article.VG ^^ Try to run sfc /scannow command. Please help me VG ^^ Please try following: http://www.. but a friend repairs them and sends them somewhere they help the poor people of the world learn. Vishal Recently. it is showing some registry error. After that you can reinstall Office using your genuine key in a new computer system.1 so it works and updates ok..and the other is on my laptop. In case of that .

.com/ccleaner‐freeware‐system‐optimization‐and‐privacy‐ tool/ anonymous . I recently installed HP Qtp11. Thank you Joanne Tried doing this and was only able to get rid of the Windows 2010 folder with the %programfiles% command. it is showing already u have the advanced version even though i followed the above process to delete the files. but it was utilizing the computer resources like RAM which i felt is the reason for my laptop getting slow so I deleted the folder of oracle 11g in start option.anajneyulu This is very useful. But iam not able to delete all the files from temp and%temp%.askvg. I've reinstalled PowerPoint but get the error message "ppt couldn't load Motion Path Tools" when trying to re‐install these. you can use CCleaner to remove obsolete entries and fix Registry issues: http://www. It is still in my programs. litlady1 I am trying to delete Dragon naturally/speaking 10 from my programs. so is oracle 11g completely uninstalled. Didn't even attempt to delete the keys. I can't get it to uninstall. than i disabled the oracle 11g in administrative tools> services. I have followed your steps. Since I'm the only user of this computer I was pretty confulssed. if not than how to remove the remaining traces of oracle 11g to free up the memory and other resources it utilizes? One more thing i would like to tell is that after doing the above said procedure the oracle 11g in disabled﴾Start up type﴿ is still shown in Services which is I feel indicating that oracle 11g is not completely uninstalled so guide me even to remove it from the Services VG ^^ Some registry entries are still there.5 and uninstalled from the system and iam not able to install the previous versions of qtp. then i went to the drive in my case F drive where app folder was created i deleted even that. I have no idea what to do now. Any help you can give me would be really appreciated. When I tried %appdata% it told me I needed administrative permission to delete files but not how to get it. Many thanks! Ritesh I had forgotten the password of oracle 11g due to which i was not able to access it. If you could help me I would appreciate it. Managed to delete some of the appdata but then restored them from the trash after getting really nervous about not knowing what the hell I was doing. can u provide a solution for as early as possible.

Thanks once again. check following: http://www. and 4 and the all went really smoothly. 2.. thank you a ton for that. how do i do that? VG ^^ Which Windows are you using? Its not advisable to uninstall Internet Explorer. to up date important. I did steps 1. Thanks so much! Michelle Thanks so much for your wonderful tips.saying.i was able to remove ..askvg...askvg. you can use following freeware to remove unused software keys from registry: http://www... ... But I skipped Step 3 cause you say 'only do this if you've used windows registry before' and i have not...but started to bring up a box on start up. Even a computer noob like me is able to clear the s**t that my parents accidentally installed.your file downloader that i have no clue how it was on my pc......... My question is does it still get rid of the program even if you dont do step 3? Thanks! VG ^^ If you are worried about step 3...! :﴿ Anthony i'm trying that. but it says i need permission from TrustedInstaller in order to get rid of internet explorer.com/add‐take‐ownership‐option‐in‐file‐folder‐context‐ menu‐in‐windows‐vista/ mohammed i have only folder on my pc desktop how to find its installed software and name in hard disk jiro Hi! I have a quick question. thanks aLot! It really worked Armond I also think it makes sense checking the Common Files folder in both Program Files and Program Files ﴾x86﴿ folders.. Regarding taking ownership from TrustedInstaller.BUT the other day..com/ccleaner‐freeware‐system‐optimization‐and‐privacy‐ tool/ sandy thank you so much for very clear instructions.heyy VG.askvg.com/guide‐how‐to‐take‐ownership‐permission‐of‐a‐file‐or‐ folder‐manually‐in‐windows/ http://www..? and i removed conduit and bing and bother too...

..1to start new ???i think it says u can do that one time. Really Helpful.. Andreas The question is that I install MS office and by mistake my MS outlook was damaged.. bel thank you so much I finally get rid of all the programs and now my laptop is working fast again than you so much again!!! femi i tried all the steps...i clicked on delete and it started to delete many files at a fast rate.. I tried to reinstall or used IObit soft or Regedit clean all remaining files and so on...com/guide‐how‐to‐take‐ownership‐permission‐of‐a‐ registry‐key‐in‐windows/ Tanny Thanks! gg my bluestacks soft somthng pack stucked in program files and not deletng it i tried plz help me VG ^^ Try Unlocker: http://www.but it still had the youfile downloader at start up.....askvg...i had used another persons instructions on utube and not realizing that ﴾ x86﴿ had many software programs in it ...com/download‐unlocker‐file‐unlocking‐utility‐for‐windows/ SACHIN Thank you badri Thank you. thank you for such great info ......... wish i found this site before i made the error.not sure how i managed that ?? . so i am without the pop up yourfiledownloader but wonder because i empted alot by mistake.. please what can i do next? VG ^^ Take ownership of the key: http://www.but with step 3 it came up with 'cannot be deleted error while deleting key.... However after a new installation it came with the same mistake. don't know how many or what it deleted but my pc is working ok..askvg..should i set my pc 8.....

Pet Hi. but it keeps popping up and its annoying.DEFAULT\Software I still can not find this file. like you said. I have gone into it's properties and it says under Object name C:\Windows\System32\MarineAquariumLite. which driving us crazy? Thank you in advance.askvg. . I need help in uninstalling the program "Your File Downloader" from my PC.com/ccleaner‐freeware‐system‐optimization‐and‐privacy‐ tool/ Colleen going through all your steps HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE HKEY_USERS\. How to get rid of this microsoft problem problem. AVG shows up in the PUP ﴾Potentially Unwanted Program﴿ but doesnt show up on the uninstall programs list in the control panel? wut to do mang? VG ^^ Try to clean registry and temp files using following: http://www.askvg. I've deleted from the control panel.I do not want to recover windows now or reinstall it completely. I have uninstalled it originally of course.com/is‐your‐system‐infected‐with‐a‐virus‐spyware‐adware‐ trojan/ DudeNeedsHelp I already uninstalled AVG anti‐virus but when im installing mcafee. Thanks Pet VG ^^ Post your HijackThis log file in following topic: http://www.exe Am I missing it somewhere. Andreas VG ^^ Do you want to completely uninstall Microsoft Office or want to repair Office to be able to use Outlook? Please provide more details.

it was in stealth mode. BUT DELETED FROM CONTROL PANEL .Net frame work 4 client profile cannot delete forever.How i delete them.Please reply on my email. Secondly. I want to clean install Google Chrome and have it ask me If I want to import bookmarks from ie and Firefox. not able to uninstall completely. . BUT IT WAS NOT UNINSTALL PROPERLY . HOW TO DELET FULL ANTIVIRUS FROM SYSTEM Niranjan my trial version is over for folder protect software. VG ^^ Try following: http://www..com/how‐to‐hide‐show‐specific‐control‐panel‐applets‐ icons‐in‐windows/ ANUBRATA PAUL I WAS TRYING TO UNINSTALL McAFEE ANTIVIRUS FROM MY LAPY . as it is a screen saver that keeps coming on and it's an aquarium and I feel running my computer all the time. Where do you find the object name and other things? kushal thank you sir for you kind help. but when I re‐installs it finds the previous bookmarks.there are two unnecessary folders o auto plot style manager and auoto desk plot manager.com/ccleaner‐freeware‐system‐optimization‐and‐privacy‐ tool/ PouZha Thank you so much.askvg. pls help Bill I can't completely remove Google Chrome from my PC. Hope you can help Colleen VG ^^ Please provide more details. How do I do this? VG ^^ Try CCleaner: http://www. and its not available in programs and feature option.askvg. I could solve the problem Sohaib In control panel.Autocad 2012 and microsoft.I am desperate to get rid of it.. I have followed your instructions.

your step‐by‐step process help me to fixed myself..com/add‐take‐ownership‐option‐in‐file‐folder‐context‐ menu‐in‐windows‐vista/ http://www. asked for some permissions... Kudos and a great year 2015 ♥ nat thank you for such detailed tutorial! However..askvg. thank you sooo much! Feels like my old laptop was brought back to life after getting rid of all the stuff there was that I didn't even know there was.askvg. ramakrishna can you please help me out.com/guide‐how‐to‐take‐ownership‐permission‐of‐a‐file‐or‐ folder‐manually‐in‐windows/ M WOW.. What could I do to delete it? thanks! Donnie Thank you very much it was very useful also I would recommend disconnecting from the Internet when un‐installing any suspicious programs. When I want to . amey thank you Soyeb I can't remove ms office 2007 from my pc in windows xp. If you still get permission error. :D Suyash i tried to install bluestacks but cancelled it in the middle which leaves a folder named bluestacks in my program files x86 which i tried deleting but it didn't.. i installed far cry 2 it's a game but it is not working properly so I uninstalling but it is not completely uninstalling.. take ownership of the folder: http://www... You're tutorial on this is by far the best. please help me as when i tried to reinstall bluestacks it says there is an error VG ^^ First restart your computer and try to delete the folder again. Keep it up. I could not gain permission still after following those steps on the other link you've included... what should i do ? brian Thank you so much.

able to scan also.. What should I do? Marcus Thanks for this guide! :﴿ Phillip I'm trying to remove "Glass Bottle" ﴾adware? malware?﴿ I've run multiple malware scans. and i'ts absolutely infuriating! Please help!! VG ^^ First post your HijackThis log file in following topic: http://www.that AV was removed from control panel programs but still that AV is running in desktop and c:\programs files. and I can find no trace of any files even remotely hinting that they might be the culprit.askvg.1 prithiviraj Actually whats is my problem is i uninstalled AV﴾connected with server﴿ in client system through revo uninstaller.delete it it shows some errors. including this one..com/is‐your‐system‐infected‐with‐a‐virus‐spyware‐adware‐ trojan/ Dewbert McClinton Fantastic! Much more thorough and complete way of removing annoying leftovers than anything I have seen out there. but it STILL shows up on the left side of my screen. and it opens new tabs with advertisements every few clicks. Its windows xp home edition sp3‐32bit Trend Micro AV VG .even server also shown online itself. Muhammad Zaman I am unable to turn on Windows defender in Win 8. THANK YOU! angom yaiphaba sir i would like to ask is that how can i re install when its not uninstall using cntrl panel vamsi please tell HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node also those fies are delete safe or not VG ^^ Check Point 2 in STEP 3. gone through tutorial after tutorial. so kindly guide the how to uninstalled fully.

before few days. Thanks a lot. Subinay Working Nice!! Thanks Souvik Ghosh This was really useful! Specially‐ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node I never expected the key to be in this location. It is GONE. :﴿ Margaret I have an aquarium screensaver in my screensaver list.. but now it's folder isn't being deleted. I installed oracle sql database. If you find it..... jgmanza Totally great.com/ultimate‐collection‐of‐uninstallers‐removal‐tools‐for‐ all‐popular‐anti‐virus‐software/ Parth It works... ..askvg... so kindly help me through this... I'm a sr. BUT... removed the download link. Also search for Aquarium word in Registry Editor.. May be you find some instances of it there. not a tech genius but I can follow instructions.!! pdm Thank you for the simple instructions. VG ^^ Search for *.SCR files in C: drive where Windows is installed and make sure Aquarium screensaver is not present in the search results.. delete it. removed it from my program files.. Phew.^^ Try following: http://www. Neither of them even find the file or program. BUT it won't go away. citizen. I've looked through every damn folder on this laptop..... It is NOWHERE in any folder on this computer BUT it is still in my screensaver list! Noting gets rid of it because it doesn't exist! HOW can I get rid of that stupid thing???? Margaret I've tried Revo and Wise uninstaller. but I have uninstalled it. Margaret OH and I've followed all the instructions I can find to totally remove it.

and i couldn't remove it by any of the above methods. well explained.0\uninstall.askvg. can you please help. It would be nice if you provide pdf files. It's still there and my AVG picks it up as a threat and says it removes it.Syed Usman Hey Genius. Nii very detailed and so helpful..com/is‐your‐system‐infected‐with‐a‐virus‐spyware‐adware‐ trojan/ Aram thank you. May God love you! Genius YOU ARE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anas i have followed all the instructions and I've successfully uninstalled my ESET nod32 Antivirus but after that it's running . Cheers. it's not showing me in the box of add/remove programs but it's running can anyone tell me what should i do? :‐﴾ Prati This is very helpfull for us thanks. this has helped me alot. bhawna I want to remove software name MTV20151125.. Thanks for your help. Margaret VG didn't work.in!" .askvg.com/is‐your‐system‐infected‐with‐a‐virus‐spyware‐adware‐ trojan/ Abdul Thanks you very much. I give up VG ^^ Please post your Hijackthis log file in following article: http://www. VG ^^ Post your HijackThis log file in following topic first: http://www. but it is still showing in my screensavers. thank you sudhanaveen Please help me a program Can't uninstall its shows "Can’t open uninstall log file C:\Program File\Nudi 4.

0\nudi exe. any recommended software can do it for me? delta hello.15 soft ware but no use. i have deleted all the files of the application. VG ^^ You can try Unlocker to remove the file: http://www. Olakunle Thanks for this insightful tutorial. this file may be in use by another application.askvg.0\uninstall. i had to uninstall the program because i couldn't run the application and tried reinstalling. Sudha a program can't unistalla its shows "can not delete c:\program files\nudi 4. it really did the job perfectly.exe" so please help me sir Terry The steps are too hard for me.VG ^^ You can follow the instructions given above for removing its files/folders and Registry entries. retry? please help me i can use Revouninstaller pro 3. but it gives an error while re installing saying the program is already installed.com/download‐unlocker‐file‐unlocking‐utility‐for‐windows/ Sudha a program can't install its shows "Unpacking c\program files\nudi 4. according to the steps mentioned. You can also try to reinstall it and then uninstall it. Kamardeep73 I have installed a 15 day trail of voice synthesizer sangeeta it has say the key expired how can i reuse that 15 day trail Rashid tahir Dear sir I'm taring to remove the program file ﴾x86﴿ from system local disk ﴾c﴿ Leave a Comment Name ﴾required﴿ Email ﴾will not be published﴿ ﴾required﴿ Website or Blog .

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