Uninstalling Programs From Your Computer

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If you're like most PC users, you will have dozens or sometimes hundreds of new software that you have installed on your computer over the last few months. This is not unusual as you may have tried a demo program before using it. Sometimes, there may be better versions of one program that you would like to use. Overtime, some of these software may no longer be needed. This is when you'll be uninstalling programs from your computer to improve its performance and save on space.

The first thing you should take note of is which of the applications you still use and which of them you only use occasionally. Go through all of the programs you have on your computer; it is likely that over sixty percent of the files on your hard disk are no longer needed. The only reason that you may still have these files is that you have not devoted enough time to cleaning out your PC.

One common reason for so many programs is that they may have been automatically installed while you were surfing online. There are some unfortunate cases where malicious content pretended to be software that helps your PC. On the contrary, they do the exact opposite by spying on your PC or slowing down its performance. Avoid this situation by always checking the type of website that you visit while you're online.

In the case mentioned above, you may need to run an anti-virus program to completely remove the software. There are a number of free anti-virus programs available online, so there's no reason for you not to have one on your PC. Run a complete system scan so that the malware will be removed. You may have to restart the computer for the offending software to be safely erased.

If you have been careful about the type of programs that you have, then you can easily delete them with the built-in un-installation software. Most of the time it will be located in the sub-menu of the program's start menu shortcut. If you can not find it there, then it might be in the main folder of the software. Uninstalling the program should take less than a few minutes.

Check to see that the program has been completely removed. Go back to the folder or check the start menu location; there should be no trace of the mentioned program.

If you need help with uninstalling programs from your computer, there are a number of software that can help you. These are usually free to download off the internet.