What do you do when you have a program on your Windows computer that will not uninstall? For most if the Windows program and app removal process doesn’t work there is no plan B. Unfortunately there are programs out that will purposely not uninstall which leaves you the average computer user in a bind.
Different types of programs will refuse to uninstall themselves properly
- Antivirus Programs like Norton and McAffee
- Regular Programs that have become corrupt
- Malware that has installed itself and doesn’t want to leave
Antivirus Programs and Special Handling Needs
Antivirus programs may be especially difficult to uninstall. Whether this is because of the built in defenses against being disabled by malware threats or it is because they don’t want to loose you as a customer is open for debate. The bottom line is that you are going to likely need extra help if you are trying to replace them with something different.
Norton and McAfee and other antivirus programs have special removal tools available. These tools will remove the antivirus software so that another antivirus is able to install correctly. The reason the extra effort is required for removing an antivirus program is usually due to the protections built into them.
Programs That Just Won’t Uninstall
There are programs that just will not uninstall. It doesn’t matter whether you attempt to use the uninstall program that came with the program or use Windows itself. When this happens do not allow someone to attempt to remove it manually. This will do little more than cause damage to Windows. The proper way to remove stubborn or corrupt software is using a utility like Revo Uninstaller. There are other programs available that will also help uninstall stubborn software. Revo Uninstaller has been a computer technician’s favorite for nearly a decade.
Revo Uninstaller has several version to choose from. There is a free open source version, portable version and Pro Version. Which you choose is a personal choice. Revo Uninstaller Pro does come with a 30 day trial version and offers more features. As a disclaimer I am in no way associated with Revo Uninstaller and I make no money whether you use it or not. It has been a favorite program that I have used as a computer technician for a lot of years.
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