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How to Force Uninstall a Program That Won't Uninstall

Updated on February 05, 2015

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It happens all the time: You install a program, decide you don't like it or need it, and you want to uninstall it. So you open up the Windows Add/Remove tool and click to uninstall the program—only to find that you can't. In this article I will explain how to force uninstall a program.

First, however, I will try to explain what happens during installation.

What You Need to Know About Installing and Uninstalling Programs

Several things happen during the installation of a program, which can help explain why you are having difficulties uninstalling it:

  • When you download a program, the files are copied to a specified folder, which is usually somewhere inside the Program Files folder.
  • Some files, such as shared libraries (.dll files), will be copied into a folder inside Program Files called Common Files.
  • Other files, such as drivers or shared libraries (again), are copied into the WINDOWS\System32 and WINDOWS\System32\drivers folders.
  • After that the installer makes some changes inside the Windows Registry. This is a database where all the settings and options for the operating system are stored, as well as for any applications or OS components that are programmed to use it. The installer can make changes inside the Registry if a shared library needs to be registered or if certain types of files need to be associated with the program being installed. For example, if you install Microsoft Word, then you will also be able to open Microsoft Word documents.
  • After this is done, a key is added to the Windows Registry where the Windows Add/Remove tool looks for installed programs.
  • During installation, all these operations for installing are logged in a special log file (for example, setup.log), and the installation program usually puts that file inside the application's folder along with the uninstaller. When a user tries to remove a program through the Add/Remove tool, Windows looks for the registered uninstaller inside the registry and executes it. The uninstaller goes through the log file and undoes all the changes done during installation. That is, it deletes all the files that have been copied, all the Registry keys the installer created, and so forth.
  • If there is no log file, or if there is no record of the changes made to the registry the uninstaller might fail to uninstall the program, and will need to be removed by other means.

In short, normally programs are removed using an uninstaller, reading the documentation written during their installation. If for some reason the file that contains these instructions was never produced in the first place, the program will be impossible to uninstall normally using the Windows Add/Remove tool.

Perfect Uninstaller and Similar Programs

One way to uninstall a program is by going into the Windows Registry and doing it manually. However, if you're not a power user, you may be anxious about deleting the wrong files. If that's the case, you can download a program that will do the uninstalling for you. Be cautious when downloading any program from the web, and do your due diligence to make sure the file comes from a reputable source.

The uninstaller I recommend is Perfect Uninstaller.

Force Uninstall Using the Windows Registry

If you're comfortable working with the Windows Registry yourself, you can perform a manual force uninstall. Be careful when working in your operating system's database as you don't want to accidentally delete essential files. It goes without saying that this is pretty advanced stuff, and if you're not a power user, then perhaps you should consider downloading an uninstaller.

To manually remove a program you have to find the program key in the Windows Registry. The Registry contains keys and values; keys are containers that perform a similar function to file folders, and may contain values or more keys. However, before manipulating the Registry, it would be wise to back it up in case something goes wrong.

How to Back Up the Windows Registry

For Windows Vista or above:

  1. If operating Windows 8 or above, swipe from the right and bring up Search. In Windows 7 or Vista, click Start.
  2. Type regedit.exe into the search box; provide administrator confirmation if asked.
  3. Click the Registry key you wish to back up.
  4. Select File, then Export. Select the location where you want to save the backup, then Save.

If using Windows XP:

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe. Click Enter or OK.
  3. You will be taken to the Welcome to System Restore page. Select Create a Restore Point then Next.
  4. Type a name to be the restore point and Create. Close.

Now, you can carry on with your uninstall, and restore the registry as is if you delete the wrong thing.

Navigating the Windows Registry to the Uninstall Log

Click Start and choose Run in the menu (If you're using Windows Vista then press Win+R on your keyboard). Type "regedit" (without quotation marks) and hit Enter:

Run menu.
Run menu.

The Registry will open with a settings tree is on the left side. To locate the program's uninstall key, navigate to the following sub-folder:


Follow the sequence below to reach the correct key:

Windows Registry.
Windows Registry.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder in Registry.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder in Registry.
Software folder.
Software folder.
Microsoft folder (indicated with blue marker).
Microsoft folder (indicated with blue marker).
Windows folder (indicated with blue marker).
Windows folder (indicated with blue marker).
Current version (first under Windows, indicated by blue marker).
Current version (first under Windows, indicated by blue marker).
Uninstall folder.
Uninstall folder.

Inside the Uninstall folder (image above) you'll find a lot of keys that belong to different programs. Some are named after the program's name, others as a mix of numbers and letters that probably make no sense. When you click on one, the right-side pane will display the key's information, including a category called DisplayName, which is the name of the program as it's displayed to the user.

The image below shows an example of one of the Registry key's contents:

Uninstall folder in Windows Registry.
Uninstall folder in Windows Registry.

In the screenshot below, the DisplayName item has been highlighted. This item will show you the name of the program as you know it, rather than its coded name within the system. Use the DisplayName item to find the correct program:

Windows Registry display name.
Windows Registry display name.

Delete the keys with that show your program’s name under DisplayName by right-clicking on the items and selecting Delete. Now your program won't appear on the Add/Remove programs list.

Deleting an item from the Windows Registry.
Deleting an item from the Windows Registry.

Some programs create new entries in the registry to store their configuration options, so you may need to hunt down these files as well. These entries can usually be found in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software, or, occasionally, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services. Look for the program name or the name of the company that made the software and delete the relevant folder.

Delete Program Files From Uninstalled Program

Finally, you need to find all the files that were copied onto your computer during installation. Open the folder where the uninstalled program should be, and look for files which are named uninstall.log or setup.log or something similar. Inside this file is a list of files that have been installed with the corresponding program. Open the file on Notepad and read through to find all of the files that have been copied onto your system during installation. Delete the files and you'll get rid of the program almost fully.

Manually Uninstall a Program From the Windows Registry


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    • abhilash 8 years ago

      Great tips, will try these when I am stuck next time.

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      grumpyjacksa 8 years ago from south africa

      Would've been nice to have known this earlier........Like last year or so............

      Thanx !

    • Skatty 8 years ago

      Thank you so much!!

    • hatesaim 8 years ago

      wait. so what do you do after you find files with the .log extension?! do i delete anything else??

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      eugene2k 8 years ago

      Thanks for noticing, I seem to have added my article only partially. It's corrected now.

    • hatesaim 8 years ago

      thanks for correcting it. could you be a little more specific though? going by your steps, i deleted the key in the UninstallString, then under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE. after, you say to find the program with the uninstall folder for copied files, which should be where? i'm afraid i might have already deleted it.

    • hatesaim 8 years ago

      sorry, one more question. i found the .log file you were talking about, and most of the files it lists seems to be in the Program Files folder for that particular program. however, within the log it also says things like "File Overwrite: C:\Windows\System32\msvcr70.dll" - should i go and delete that listed file as well, or do something else?

      thank you so much btw

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      eugene2k 8 years ago

      no, if the installer didn't overwrite the file - you can delete that file, if it has overwritten it, that means some other program put it there and relies on its existence to work. Specifecally msvcr70.dll is copied during the installation of Windows itself.

    • hatesaim 8 years ago

      is there a way to tell if the installer overwrote the file?

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      eugene2k 8 years ago

      It says File Overwrite in the logs if it encountered an already existing file :)

    • hatesaim 8 years ago

      i see. thank you! i hope it's all gone now.

    • saito 8 years ago

      If you remove everything about the program in the registry will you be able to reinstall the program?

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      eugene2k 8 years ago

      yes, of course

    • edaspera 8 years ago

      thank you very much for the tip, i will try the perfect uninstaller.

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      FunFacter 8 years ago from Canada

      I scanned through the computer for IDM searched the registry but no signs of it. finally i removed it using the Uninstall.exe from the internet but i could not understand where would it have kept its files.

    • Essa 7 years ago

      I did this and the program is still in program files and won't let me delete it...its not longer listed in add/remove programs or in the resgistry!!!

    • loka 7 years ago


    • abcd 7 years ago

      i need to remove windows security suite using this .....can i do????

    • Joe 7 years ago

      could you recommend a FREE uninstaller? i don't want to blow $60 on a program I'm only going to use once anyways

    • Anon 7 years ago

      Incredibly helpful Information, Thank!

    • Vic 7 years ago

      thank you for the suggestion.. :)

    • Alex 7 years ago

      thank u so much

    • Thanatos 7 years ago

      I would just like to say that I love you.

      Thank you for this information, I finally managed to delete a couple of stubborn programs! :D

    • jaiden 7 years ago

      thank you so much

    • Jim 7 years ago

      thanks....yer a good 'ole guy


      not but seriously thanks for takin the time to help others

    • hadi 7 years ago

      what an old tips.....this tips is for amateur in computer.......

    • Polite 7 years ago

      Thank you very much Eugene2k for giving away your time to help others like me. I just noticed that some people is posting ridiculous comments like "what an old tips" if you don't need this tips what a hell are you doing here?

      Thanks again eugene2k and other like you for making the internet an invaluable tool for everyone who needs it.

    • kait 7 years ago

      I can't find the file i'm looking for. I've searched all the folders and I can't find it anywhere. When I try to uninstall it, it says that its running, but its not.

    • donovan 6 years ago

      yeah for reel love this info thanks thanks thanks and thanks

      thanks thanks thanks and thanks thanks thanks and thanks thanks thanks thanks and thanks

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      scaffolding tower 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'll try to remember this the next time a pesky program won't remove all its components when I uninstall. Thanks.

    • jope cooper 6 years ago

      where is a program that i do not have to buy

    • syedmn 6 years ago

      Great article there are some great free softwares is well that remove software from the entire registry. I've been using a few. Going through the entire steps you talked about looks a bit complicated for beginners.

    • John S 6 years ago

      great info much obliged

    • Vlad 6 years ago

      I'm trying to uninstall Avast antivirus, I didn´t find it in the places you suggested, instead I found a reference in


      I think it means other user installed it, I'm the only user, I installed it, so i figured it appear like this because it is an antivirus, how can i procced from here?

      I found the Installation folder in

      Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast 5

      but no .log file there at all. I have another folder Program Files(x86) Since I have x64 Vista OS

      You think its a good idea to just delete the folder and then run CCleaner to fix my Registry?

      I can't even Stop the Process from Task Administrator, Acces Denied..

      Please Help me! Thanks and excuse my english :-D

    • dennis 6 years ago

      instructions were very clear, now i know, thank you very much

    • Tee 6 years ago

      this doesn't work for me, it tells me that its not a valid application when I try to bring up regedit - Im using Windows Vista

    • yolanda 6 years ago

      I don't know where "the folder in which the uninstall program should be" is to look for any uninstal.log or setup.log files. Help anyone?

    • ce 6 years ago

      What if a program/application does not appear in the programs listing under control panel. If it's not there is there a way to make it be there so it can be removed by the resident windows.msi?

    • Harsha 6 years ago

      Thanks.. Thanks.. Thanks a lot.It really worked.Again Thank You Very Much.Keepon helping ........

    • Rajkumar 6 years ago

      Thanks dude.Its realy worked

    • Britni 6 years ago

      Wow, thank you so much! I am not a "power user," but I feel like one now. Your instructions were clear, concise, and correct. You're awesome.

    • R.G. 6 years ago

      From the bottom of my heart! Thank you so much!

    • alex 6 years ago

      thanks, dude you have helped liberated my laptop of litterally GBs of crap

    • jimxto 6 years ago

      is there ??

    • ollathir75 6 years ago

      With Windows 7 64-bit there are also uninstall files located in the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

      I had to find a program that got stuck in there... it was a browser toolbar and there was no entry in the other path mentioned above for the application that was stuck in the add/remove programs menu.

    • hudino 6 years ago

      thanks a million

    • Brooke  6 years ago

      Thank You a lot, but I have I problem on uninstalling. Could somebody be so kind and help me sole this...?

    • naz 6 years ago

      Nice instruction. but my problems it wasn't with uninstall logs. I don't know what was it about. it said "The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed because the Windows Installer isn't correctly installed" should I installed them back with drivers or is there has another way because it is in trials version.

    • Peter Lesperance 6 years ago

      Thank you this information solved my problem

    • Quinn 6 years ago

      Heeyyy I have windows 7 and I'm not sure if its set up the same, but I can't find current version under microsoft

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you so much you saved me from a really bad virus in the form of a program called Disk Repair

      it kept shutting down my computer and the program didn't appear on the Add/Remove programs list

      I followed your steps, but I also found that it is very easy as well to search for a name in Registry Editor if you know the programs name. Disk Repair did not appear among the programs, but when I copied and pasted Disk Repairs file name from its properties into the search, I found it and deleted it with glee.


    • Yorsh 6 years ago

      Thanks so much.. been sitting for 2 days now trying to find the registry.. I even delete that registry in safemode with command prompt but the file was still in the Programs and Features.

    • Danielle 5 years ago

      The Revo Freeware worked for me. Easy to use, actually free and you do not have to register.


    • asdf 5 years ago

      messed with the registry and effed up my compu-tator.

    • lalitha 5 years ago

      i couldn't delete the avast antivirus in registry.its showing error while deleting it in hkeys.wat to do...it was not found in control panel too..

    • Unknown 5 years ago

      This was not helpful because I don't see run on my start

    • suraj sharma 5 years ago

      what is the current version

    • wadhi 5 years ago

      thanks you bro may god bless u

    • Kobain 5 years ago

      I did this and when i go to add/remove programs it's still there. when i go to uninstall from there it tells me it is currently running but it isn't and that i need to log in as administrator, which i am. what do i do?

    • tomatoXcherrylover 5 years ago

      Thanks for this! It really helped me!

    • anup 5 years ago

      Hi I have uninstalled the transfer utility software for canon and am trying to install the video browser software. I had to do so since both cannot exist on the same machine. But when video browser program runs it says that transfer utility software is still installed. I uninstalled it from add remove programs ( XP ) and then removed traces from the registry - inspite of it am not able to install..would you be able to help me ?

    • Noneatza 5 years ago

      Duudeee,THANKS A lot,really helped :D

    • Technical Fixer 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, I always wanted to remove this program from my computer, it was stuck into my computer like a used chewing gum in a long hair girls hair.

    • carth 5 years ago

      Thank for remembering this tutorials

    • Gumslinger 5 years ago

      The program i cant uninstall isn't in the list =( Any suggestions? Its a game i cant play or uninstall.. when i try to play it gives me a failed to load cursos: meshes/cursor .nif eror or somethin like that. When i try to uninstall it says it cannot find the specified file. Ive also tried -pasted from diff site-


      From your computer's "Start" menu, click "Run." (On Windows 7 and Vista systems, enter "Run" in the "Start Search" text field.)


      Type "cmd" in the "Open" text field and press "Enter." This will open the command prompt box.


      Type "cd %programfiles%" followed by "dir /p" to see a list of the program directories on your computer.


      But those give me syntax or batch errors. Sorry im not very computer savy on this level but id greatly appreciate any help =)

    • anirban 5 years ago

      nothing to say.really it helped a lot. just wanna say thank you. never seen anything like this. great...........

    • CoCo 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot... this helped me

    • Rose 5 years ago

      I have a problem

      i canceled an distillation but it uninstalled anyways so now im trying to uninstall another program and it says that i have to wait for the other program to finish uninstalling! How do i make the computer realize that its uninstalled already? cause now i cant uninstall a thing -_-" HELP!

    • Mafmutz 5 years ago

      Thank you very much buddy, worked fine on my pc!

    • minnie200588 5 years ago

    • Gwapo 5 years ago

      Hey MAn !!! THANK U SO MUCH !! i have a program that i can't uninstall on my PC alone and it Eat up 1.5gb memory on my PC. But your sofware worked. TY again

    • srikant 5 years ago

      thanku very much

    • Ryan 5 years ago

      man thank you so much for this tutorial!

    • Sukant 5 years ago

      Thanx a lot....

    • Griffin 5 years ago

      can this get rid of a program i uninstalled then reinstalled by setting my computer to an earlier version?

      cause im trying to use my disc to reinstall but it says its already installed.

    • Daniel 5 years ago

      Hi, I would recommend using a software that will force delete ANY unwanted program even if Windows Add/Remove feature can't delete. I am using this software www.registrywisecleaner.com/uninstall-any-software.php

    • Basim 5 years ago

      Totally solve my problem

    • rudy q 5 years ago

      nice tank u so much please keep up the good work all in your office 100%%%%%%%%%%%%

    • TCR 5 years ago

      I can't uninstall a game. It's not in the add/remove tool and i couldn't find in h_key ... But when i want to install it again only the uninstall appears. When i click on uninstall the installer closes and nothing happens.

      (Sorry for bad English)

    • Thank YOU :-) 5 years ago

      Thank you sooooooooooo much :D :D :D

    • Thank you 5 years ago

      OMG thank you soo much, you are a life saver

    • wtf 5 years ago

      Maybe explain wich one of those "keys" to look in???

    • hello 5 years ago

      thanks..great article. :)

    • William 5 years ago

      Incredible advice, thanks so much, you saved my day. God Bless.

    • Ramel 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot!!!

    • Romeo 5 years ago

      saved my life Thank you a millon times

    • JK 4 years ago

      worked well

      thanks a lot guys

    • pw 4 years ago

      glad im not the only person having trouble getting rid of avast, the thing is preventing me from shutting down my computer and freezes up everytime i try to get rid of it or even just access the program in general, I will try some of this stuff and hopefully something will work

    • edna crandall 4 years ago

      why is it that a program that has 10 Google pages dedicated to its uninstall is allowed to get away with their

      intrusion? I myself will be writing the Better Business and the company itself to express my frustration.

    • Aman 4 years ago

      Thanks a ton... great trick to uninstall the useless/spam programs..

    • me 4 years ago

      What am i supposed to do if every time i try to uninstall the program my computer freezes. i've run a virus scan on it and it comes up with nothing. what am i supposed to do??????????

    • joy 4 years ago


      Thank you once again.

    • jryan 4 years ago

      Run CCleaner its faster and easier.

    • Jeremy Tschudy 4 years ago


      Judging by your typing, I suggest you take your machine in to a tech...I can only expect you to do more harm than good to your machine.

    • Ankit 4 years ago

      Awesome buddy !! :D

      thnx a lot !!

    • Ronny Francis 4 years ago

      It was excellent. I was totally to remove programme.

      Now everything is smooth. Thanx very much.

    • sic 4 years ago

      I get a "Error deleting key" when I tried to delete this horrible, horrible program I so want to rid my computer of in all aspects. Which is "Avast" , by the way. My computer hasn't been running right sense I downloaded "Avast"-did not pay anything, either it was free or trial version. Any suggestions?

    • Kar3n4u 4 years ago

      For some reason, my program is installed... but its not appearing on the registry. o-o

    • twinmomplus1amy 4 years ago

      I had Microsoft Office 2010 student and teacher edition. I uninstalled it to download another version of Microsoft Office 2010 that has Publisher and Outlook which my previous version did not. When I try to install the new version, it says it cannot be installed because I still have Update for Microsoft Word 2007 kB974631 installed. When I highlight the update in the control panel, uninstall is not an option. How do I uninstall it and why won't it uninstall? Thanks!

    • Roy A. Briant 4 years ago

      Before you re-install Windows, it might be something more simple like running out of disk space. Find 'My Computer' from the start button menu and right click on 'local disk C:' then 'properties' to check on available disk space. If its more than 80-90% full there might be a problem. At least a couple gig should be available.

      Read More at: http://www.techyv.com/questions/i-can-not-install-...

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      Vidhya L 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks for the tip, will try it when needed. I also use Revo uninstaller (free version) and it has always force uninstalled for me without any problems.

    • mouni 4 years ago


    • shubham 4 years ago

      thxs a lot for urs great comment. This makes me able to remove a waste program.thxs again

    • i installed avg2012 thinking it was avast virus protection.when i realized my error i tried to unistall but it says not installed request ignored but yet its running and is in my control panel 4 years ago

      Program says its not installed how ever its running and it's in my control panel

    • MaryDL 4 years ago

      Thank you soooo much!!

      you are my hero

    • abhishek bhat.k 4 years ago

      thanks man you are the best

    • Skylobos 4 years ago

      Thanks man, this was really helpful.

    • rohit 4 years ago

      thank u buddy

    • anil 4 years ago

      we can use recommended uninstaller to uninstall applications on Windows. It can help solve problems that are caused when a program does not uninstall properly.


    • jipsysoul35 4 years ago

      You rock!

    • poop 4 years ago

      why would you suggest perfect uninstaller? i'm a student I can't afford that right now. this didn't help at all.

    • Gwen 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot, helped me, and if u wanna find something in the registry, then you can just use Ctrl+F once you have opened the registry. But thanks for this!

    • ABA 4 years ago

      thanks a lot!!!

      according this tip i found this one


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      Harshree 4 years ago from India

      In my opinion, the add/remove programs option in windows is not good at all. Even if the programs gets uninstalled there will still be many leftovers that will remain forever on your hard drive. I agree with the use of an uninstaller program. They provide you with several options to uninstall the program as well as related files.

    • rashadujjaman 4 years ago

      tanks for help me.

    • hentai 4 years ago

      even if you remove it on registry it can not uninstall delete it on program file data not in registry if will back again if you delete registry

    • stefan 4 years ago

      thank you so much ! great work using the second method and i am not a "power user".

      All the best!

    • ASh 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot....for it....

    • keegan 3 years ago

      That's not uninstalling its still in there. I want the whole thing gone.

    • christopher 3 years ago

      reason is that the program does work right

    • Sergio 3 years ago

      Thanks for this! :) I had a game I couldn't uninstall and ended up deleting the folder (like an idiot done this a million times sometimes works), but couldn't install again and this helped.

    • lalit 3 years ago

      thanks a man ...u save my lots of time......thanks a lot

    • Renz 3 years ago

      Thank u ..................u help me a lot

    • kaushal 3 years ago

      thank you very much

    • Jonathan 3 years ago

      Perfect Uninstaller did the exact same thing I did when trying to uninstall an old version of Java, FAIL. I also can't find the key for Java in the registry editor. HELP!!!

    • computer putz 3 years ago

      didn't do a thing for me, I had to do a syste mrestore to an earlier version.

      it wouldn't allow me to change anything in the registry, giving me the same meaase that I do't have sufficient permssion to access i t.

      what idiot wrote this into windows, and thought he was being cute.

      sombody ought to bitch slap him to hell and back again.

      It is MY computer and "I" have al lthe permission I need to do ANYTHING on MY computer and who does microsoft thjink they are by even THINKING of permissions?

      blooming idiots.

      Like I said "It is MY f'ing' comuoter and I control all who is and what is on it, not you , microsoft idoits.

      I am going to linux, like everyone else.

      Take that microsoft jackasses. Think I need your "permission" t odo it?

      THINK AGAIN....................MR. GATES............

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      Mrinal Saha 3 years ago from Jaipur,India

      Just use revo uninstaller ,, it's best,,

    • sam88 3 years ago

    • windows user 3 years ago

      why does it have to be so difficult!v I hatehaTEhate bill gates!

    • jegon 3 years ago

      im trying to delete my lockbox because i forgot my password. im hoping when i delete it, i could reinstall it to make a new password. but when i tried to remove it in control panel it asks me for password. then i ended the process from task manager so i could delete the lockbox folder. then i went to regedit and got rid of everything that had to do with my lockbox. i got happy, until i went to reinstall it. when it finished, i went to open it and it still asked me for the password... what the hell! how do i get thru this? where is it storing the password? now what??

    • jegon 3 years ago

      im trying to delete my lockbox because i forgot my password. im hoping when i delete it, i could reinstall it to make a new password. but when i tried to remove it in control panel it asks me for password. then i ended the process from task manager so i could delete the lockbox folder. then i went to regedit and got rid of everything that had to do with my lockbox. i got happy, until i went to reinstall it. when it finished, i went to open it and it still asked me for the password...wth!! how do i get thru this? where is it storing the password? now what??

    • Lilia 3 years ago

      Thank you so much!!

      You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Uday 3 years ago

      I am unable to uninstall a program which is named as bundled software uninstaller...it is displaying a message some problem with internet connection try later...except the name of that program in control panel nothing is displayed about that, how can i uninstall this...plz let me know...i feel it is a virus in my pc.

    • Samuel Ranta 2 years ago

      It seems these instructions won't fully apply on windows 7.. Deleted all registryentries related to a stubborn program and even more and program can still be seen in Add/Remove -panel...

    • Matty 2 years ago

      im on windows 7, tried to follow these steps an i couldn't find the games that were refusing the be removed, however once in the regedit simply use the top bar, view and Find.. search for ur game or program to find it, and delete the stubborn thing lol.. works a treat

    • Mira 2 years ago

      Thank you for the clear instructions for removing the key from the Registry. I was able to remove the bundled software uninstall programe!

      Have a good day!

    • ioana 2 years ago

      Thak you so much, you are a genious!

    • Logik 2 years ago

      So, I used to use this website called "listentoyoutube" to get sound files off of YouTube because I am starting to make animations and intros for my YouTube channel. Well, I went on this site, like any other day, but this time when I was downloading the sound file of a Gaming YouTuber's video, it told me to download this thing, and I figured, "Oh ok, maybe the site updated and this is for easier converting or something." Well, when I downloaded it, I got ads all over the place, and things have attempted to download by themselves that Chrome has blocked due to malicious reasons. I at first tried uninstaling via Add/Remove Programs because the thing is called YouTubeAdblocker and was downloaded the same exact time the download for the sound file was made. That didn't work. Then, I stumbled upon this, and I thought, "My savior!" only to find out that it didn't show up. It had every other thing under my software except for that. Is there anyway to remove this without restoring my computer to factory settings? Or do I absolutely HAVE to restore my computer to factory settings?

    • NicMadden 2 years ago

      Hey! I had a problem like that trying to uninstall a program that there was no way to get rid of it. Finally looking through internet found this program: http://perfectuninstaller.co.nf and at least I could uninstall it.

      Take a look at it probably is what you're looking for! :)

    • ek 2 years ago

      it work well thanks

    • avs 23 months ago

      thanks for the help....Excellent .....

    • juliaop 23 months ago

      Long Path Tool is very simple and easy solution for this.

    • SarahK 22 months ago

      This really helps!! Although, when I go to uninstall programs through the registry editor, some of the programs don't have a display name. There are weird advertisement apps that keep randomly installing themselves and it won't let me uninstall them through the control panel. They might be the unnamed programs, but I don't want to accidentally delete something important... How do I work around this?

      Again, thank you so much for this article, it truly helped!

    • brainlanded.com 20 months ago

    • JohnP 12 months ago

      You can use Microsoft FixIT for this purposes


    • Neb 7 months ago

      Why does the registry uninstall not display all my programs?

    • steamboat 6 months ago

      Just got around to doing this...I first checked the avira free site and found its instruction to be useless...it doesn't work. So then I tried its "help" assist. Bingo, ZIP there, too. I take it the avira people don't want their users to leave. I guess that's why they have misleading update pop-ups which are really plugs for their not free versions. I used to recommend the avira anti-vi program. But, because of these failures, no more.

      On the other hand, unwittingly, the producers have been quite successful in producing at least one anti-avira user however. Give credit when credit is due, I say.

    • venkat 6 months ago

      Thanks I will try ...

    • zepp 5 months ago

      Rest in peace eugene2k

    • jigar iglesias 5 months ago

      omg thank u so much...

    • JewBOY 4 months ago

      Gave me Malware, Thanks :)

    • Steve 2 months ago

      From last two day i was experiencing some weird behavior of my computer. After scanning it my antivirus has detected IDP.ALEXA.51 virus and i delete it too. But when i restart my computer the virus again exist. This is a very annoying thing. After that i start searching about this threat and i know that it is a dangerous computer threat which can completely destroy my PC if remains for some long period. I get shocked that even my computer has anti virus protection but it manged to invade it. No i know that it can infiltrate into any Windows system even there is antivirus protection or not.

      This malicious virus will first disable all the security related software of the infected computer and after that it insert its executable in the Windows start-up registry which help it to become active automatically whenever the system get start. This malicious program will also modify the important settings of the victim computer and arise several annoying issues on it. It will run several unwanted process in the PC background which utilize a big part of CPU and storage which result in the slow performance of PC. Not only this, it can also interrupt some important process and disable system tools.

      The worst thing which i get to know about this threat is, it can collect your sensitive information and share it with some remote cyber criminal which can make illegal use of it. Beside that it can also add some other malicious or unwanted program in your system which always bother in your important work. It can get inside your system bundled with some third party freeware. While i was searching about its solution my friend suggested me to visit http://www.howtodeleteidpalexa51.com which really give me solution to remove the virus from my PC. You can also try it.

    • John Doe 9 days ago

      You're a life saver.

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