How to uninstall a program you cannot uninstall
Last updated on february 3rd, 2016
Sometimes, there are programs that cannot be uninstalled easily due to many reasons. For example, software like Nero or the Microsoft Office Suite, as well as lots of antivirus packages can make you face this problem. This problem may be related to a structural file of the application that could not be deleted or to a malfunction in the uninstaller.
In this little guide you can find different solutions to this problem, in order to finally uninstall those stubborn applications.
What to do when you can't uninstall a Program
Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
The Microsoft uninstaller usually works fine, but sometimes if a problem arises, it can fail during the uninstalling process. If a MSP file is missing, you won't be able to uninstall or repair Microsoft Office (the MSP files are those related to the Windows Installer or which contain information about updates of installed applications, and the versions of the applications to which the updates are applicable).
You can solve this problem manually but it can be a very difficult task and if you don't know what you are doing, you can even end up with structural problems in Windows. That's why Microsoft released a special uninstaller for such cases, the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility.
It is very easy to use. It just features a list of programs and some buttons. You just have to select the programs you want to uninstall then you press Remove and that's it; just give some time to the utility to remove the undesired applications. This uninstaller can remove the Office Suite up to the 2003 version. To remove the 2007 version you'll have to do it manually.
The link to the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility is: ccm.net/download/download-17478-windows-installer-cleanup-utility
AppRemover and antivirus uninstallers
For security reasons an antivirus must be hard to uninstall; otherwise any malicious program could take advantage of such a weakness. However, that may cause lots of troubles to users; even with the AV uninstaller working fine, there are always certain files of registry information that will remain in your hard disk, even after uninstalling the application. Those files can interfere or block the correct installation of other products, turning into a real headache.
Fortunately there is a useful application used to uninstall security programs in a 100%. The name of this application is AppRemover.
The AppRemover detects automatically the installed antivirus or antispyware and gives you the chance to remove it in just two steps. The number of antivirus software packages recognized by AppRemover is huge. The link to download AppRemover is: www.appremover.com
There are also specific applications to uninstall each of the different antivirus programs available. Here is the list to download them:
- Avast Uninstall Utility
- Avira Removal Utility
- AVG Remover
- BitDefender Uninstall Tool
- G-DATA AV-Cleaner
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus Remover
- McAfee Cleanup
- Microsoft OneCare CleanUp
- NOD32 Removal
- Norton Removal Tool
- Panda Uninstaller
- Panda Cloud Internet Protection Uninstaller
- Trend-Micro Diagnostic Toolkit
Uninstallers for other applications
There are also other applications difficult to uninstall. For example, the Nero Suite has so many controllers and modules that when removed via the conventional uninstaller of the suite, there are always certain files that remain in your hard disk, thus its full uninstallation becomes almost an impossible task.
Fortunately, there is a special uninstaller that can remove every component of the Nero Suite, the Nero Clean Tool.
The link to download the Nero Clean Tool is: www.nero.com/esp/support/service/nero-clean-tool.php
Another component of Windows that can become a headache when trying to uninstall it is Java, so here is its effective uninstaller:
Java virtual machines uninstaller: Javara
In case you have a new computer with lots of trials or they accidentally were installed when navigating on Internet, there is a little but still powerful program named Decrapifier, that helps you get rid of those annoying applications.
Here is the link to Decrapifier: www.pcdecrapifier.com/download
In case all the aforementioned uninstallers fail, there is a rather more hardcore remover which also checks the Windows Registry, in order to find files or information related to the program you want to remove. Since it is a risky operation, Revo first creates a restoration backup of the system, just in case, before proceeding with the uninstalling process. Anyway, it is recommended to read the instructions or user guide before using it, so use it carefully and at your own risk.
After removing a program with its own uninstaller, Revo will look for remaining files and information related to the application you want to get rid of. Once they are found, Revo shows them in the screen. Most of the time, if a registry key containing an explicit reference to the program in question is found, it is recommended to remove it. However, if you are not sure about its relationship with the application you want to uninstall do not delete it, just in case.
The link to download Revo Uninstaller is: www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html