Saturday, February 11, 2012

Uninstalling a Program–Computer Cleanup

To keep your computer “clean” and running at peak performance, you should uninstall any programs you no longer use or need!  I recommend periodically checking the list of programs on your computer for programs you can remove.  In this example, I am going to uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which I had used to remove a virus, but no longer need.

To uninstall a program go to Start, then Control Panel.

start-menu-control-panel

In the Control Panel, go to Uninstall a Program, should be left hand column at the bottom.

Control Panel

This will display a list of all the programs installed on your computer.  Scroll through the list and find the program you wish to uninstall.  Click on the program you want to uninstall and an Uninstall button will appear above the list.  Sometimes depending on the program you may also get options for Changing the installation or Repairing the installation in additional to Uninstalling.

Control Panel Uninstall Program

Some uninstallers have fancy options and multiple screens to go through before uninstallation actually happens; Malwarebytes on the other hand has a very simple uninstaller (Yes or No?).

malwarebytes-anti-malware-uninstaller

When the uninstaller is done it wants to restart.  Depending on the program, you may or may not need to restart the computer.  I highly recommend you restart your computer if required!

malwarebytes-anti-malware-uninstall-restart

Once restarted, the installation is done and you can continue uninstalling additional programs if necessary.

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