how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs


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elleoelle
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So I downloaded a program and now want to uninstall it. However, it's not in the add/remove programs list. Nor does it have an uninstall option in its folder or in the start menu.

I searched like a good girl before posting my question, but couldn't find it addressed here and I'm not coming up with a good solution via google. Kind of surprising, you'd think this is a common enough problem.

I remember Norton Systemworks had an option to "uninstall programs you no longer need" and used that a lot on my old machine. But I can't seem to find it on the new Systemworks version I have.

Any suggestions?

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Ashton
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Hi Ellohelle,

I see you're still online...you want to post the name of the program? 

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elleoelle
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

NO! I'm too embarrassed.Frown

It's a cracked version of a BigFish game. I've DLed games before on bittorrent with no problem (from the same team, too - a team that just uploads cracked games), this one just won't budge. The odd part is this one didn't install like the others - usually the .rar file has the game then either a keygen or a cracked launch. You copy the cracked launch to the game's folder, overwriting the old one and boom - done. Full version.

This game won't work at all. So it's probably messed up in more ways than one.

(and yes, I scan it to death after DLing, but I've never had a problem like this before) 

Ashton
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Okay...(snort)..okay, okay.Smile

It sucks but I've done this before and it's not as hard as you would think.

http://www.infocellar.com/software/remove-programs-manually.htm

Wish I had an easier way. The thing is, once you familiarize yourself with regedit, you'll be able to remove all traces of any software.

Hope it helps. 

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elleoelle
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Thank you, Ashton. Now why doesn't this page come up in google? Oh that's right - so that you can, once again, be my hero. Wink

Still heart you long time even if you do snort at me for installing a game that  looked cute. I've learned my lesson. Now you all know one of my dirty secrets. I like dumb games.

 

Ashton
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

I live for the flattery, keeps me around;-)

Really, it's about the keywords - something I've been learning more and more. If you have a general sense of what you need to do, then include it in the keyword. In this case I used:

remove programs regedit

Mainly due to the fact that I had an idea where you needed to go. I also used Yahoo Search...

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elleoelle
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

... and here I thought I knew my way around a search engine.

Thanks for finding that page, Ashie (new lil term of endearment there). I just followed what it instructed and found a whole buncha stuff that shouldn't be there anymore - like programs uninstalled a year ago that I thought were gone!

So I feel very very clean and well-groomed now. Freshly scrubbed and exfoliated and even a deeper clean tomorrow since I'll defrag tonight. Now if only I kept my house as clean....

Thanks again Ashton! 

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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

you should also look for a registry cleaner.... there a nice little tool to have around just like a defragger, or an anti-virus, or spybot s&d, etc..... sadly, a good one doesn't just jump to mind. Though you shouldn't ever defrag. Well, you should once and only once. And you should use DirMS when you do. Then never again. You should get Buzzsaw, and that will defrag in the background when you idle and you never have to worry about defragging again.... if I can, I'll try hosting the install files to some web space somewhere, because they have a new TOS agreement which only allows time limited trial versions to be downloaded for free....

elleoelle
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Hold on...defrag once and only once? That's news to me. When I got my first puter, it slowed ro a snail's pace after a while and that's when I learned I'm supposed to do something called "defrag" regularly. It sped things up like a charm. Now, it's not supposed to be done on a regular basis? Why does XP have a defrag scheduler then?

If it's a choice between defragging every other month or so or having yet another program running in the background that does it continually, I'll do it manually myself. I have Norton. I don't need another program always working in the background unless there's a really good reason for it.

As far as a registry cleaner, doesn't Norton Systemworks have one? And if not, isn't what I did on that link Ashton posted enough to clean the uninstall-able program from my registry?

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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

oh yea, if you want the programs just email me and I'll provide directions...

Ashton
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Huge *bump* for CCleanor.

That utility is amazing now that I've worked with it. Try that first and be sure to check out all the options.

Cleans registry entries,

Removes programs that are "un-installable"

Complete wipe of information stored in directories that you didn't even know existed.

Works better than msconfig for startup entries, found stuff that I didn't even know I had.

It's free.

I may create a topic on this utility. Download it here.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

Hey Ashton, I've looked but to no avail... is there a topic about this program. I use it, but I'm pretty sure it can do more than I use it for.

elleoelle
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

... as if I could love you any more, Ashton - somehow I do now.

You kinda, like, totally rock.

Dude.

Like totally.Wink

Isaac
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

it doesn't really run in the background; it sits in the background indexing fragmentation of the disk waiting for you to idle. When your programs idle or are not using very many processor cycles, it kicks in and defragments your hard drive. The only bad thing about it is sometimes when you start using your computer again it doesn't go immediately to idle itself, it may take about 15 seconds for it to stop what it's in the middle of. But even then, it's not like your computer is going to be frozen for 15 seconds, it's just going to go alittle slower for awhile.

never have to defrag, and always having HD with fast reads and writes.

as far as Norton System Works having a registry clearer; you're the one with Norton not me! And if what Norton software you already have makes you cringe at having another program running in the background, just think "why would I want another Norton program?"

anyway, here is a site to check out in regards to registry cleaners; I recognize the name "CCleaner", I think I dl'ed it off of Majorgeeks but I can't actually think of what the program looks like. Other then that I can not give a personal (dis-?)recommendation on the other programs he lists though I am downloading and am going to test "Eusing Free Registry Cleaner 1.5". I'm sure the site Ashton linked to gives sound advice on cleaning parts of the registry, keeping the whole registry clean is far too tedious a task for doing it by hand. A registry cleaner should zap some future "uninstallable" programs, along with allowing you to reinstall time limited trials after they expire...

Ashton
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Re: how to uninstall - not found in add/remove programs

How much you defragment your drive is fairly relative to how many time you're installing programs and such.

Every month for the casual user? Probably not. Though, I don't recommend always taking Windows word if you need to defrag the volume or not when pressing analyze, you typically just need to look at all the colors and determine if they're in nice little (blue) blocks.

The link I gave you is how to manually work the registry editor but installing programs can place registry entries all over the computer and may not be practical for completely wiping away the traces of a program.

So a good registry cleaner is a nice thing to have. At the moment, I cant think of a free one to recommend...maybe one of our readers? 

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