How to uninstall a program in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac OS X
Computer users who have unwillingly installed a program can easily uninstall it using built in Windows features. PC users should know that nowadays Internet is flooded with various potentially unwanted applications which install together with free software or through deceptive online banner ads.
Most commonly software that install without user's consent cause unwanted ads, slows down user's operating system and can lead to privacy and security issues. To avoid installation of potentially unwanted programs Internet users are advised to only install software that they trust and be very attentive when downloading freeware.
To uninstall a program from Windows 7:
1. Navigate to the Windows start menu by clicking on the Windows logo (Start) button.
2. When the Start Menu opens select "Control Panel".
3. Depending on your view options either click on "uninstall a program" or "program and features".
4. When the programs and features window opens select the program your want to uninstall from the list and click on the "Uninstall" button.
5. Confirm that you want to uninstall a program by clicking on the "Yes" button.
To uninstall a program from Windows XP:
1. Navigate to the Windows start menu by clicking on the "Start" button.
2. When the Start Menu opens select "Settings", then click on "Control Panel".
3. In the Control Panel window click on the "Add or Remove Programs".
4. In the "Add or Remove Programs" window select the program you want to uninstall and click in the "Change/Remove" button.
To uninstall a program from Windows 8 and Windows 10:
1. When in the "Start" screen, start typing "Control Panel".
2. Click on the "Control Panel" from the Apps search results. In the opened window select "Programs and Features".
3. In the Programs and Features window select the program you want to uninstall and click on the "Uninstall" button.
If you can't uninstall a program:
Computer users who are having problems that prevent existing programs from being completely uninstalled could try using third party programs that might help in such situations. Third party programs can search your computer for any leftover files and registry entries that applications leave behind when uninstalling them.
Uninstalling a program using CCleaner:
Download, install and run CCleaner. After launching the program select "Tools". In the uninstall programs list select the program you want to uninstall and click the "Run Uninstaller" button.
Uninstalling a program using Revo Uninstaller:
Download, install and run Revo Uninstaller. After launching the program select the program you want to uninstall from the list and click on the "uninstall" button.
Uninstalling a program using IObit Uninstaller:
Download, install and run IObit Uninstaller. After launching the program select the program you want to uninstall from the list and click on the "uninstall" button.
Now you know how to uninstall a program using built-in Windows features or using third party software. By regularly checking and removing programs that you don't use will result in extra disk space and faster computer start-up time. Uninstalling potentially unwanted programs can drastically increase the performance of user's operating system and will eliminate unwanted ads or browser redirects. If you need further help please ask for assistance in our forum.
How to uninstall a program in Mac OS X
Mac OS X users can download applications from various sources, for example Internet, Mac App Store, removable media, etc. Unfortunately nowadays Internet is crowded with deceptive free software installer and thus many users end up installing rogue applications that later cause browser redirects or intrusive online ads. This article will show how to uninstall such unwanted apps. Notice that you can’t uninstall applications that are part of OS X, for example Safari or FaceTime.
Uninstall applications that are downloaded from the Mac App Store:
Click the “Launchpad” icon that is in your Dock. Click and hold down your mouse button over an app’s icon until all the icons begin to jiggle. Then click the “X” button near the app you want to uninstall.
Later you can reinstall any of the uninstalled applications from the Mac App Sore.
Uninstall apps downloaded from the Internet (using their own uninstallers):
Click the “Finder” icon located in your Dock and select “Applications” (from the side menu). Then look for the application you want to uninstall. Either drag and drop the application's icon to the trash can or go through the folders and search for the application's uninstaller. If present double click the uninstaller and follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the app.
If you still encounter problems while trying to uninstall any of your applications you can try using third party tools to assist you in this task:
AppDelete is capable of removing applications, widgets, perforce panels, plugins, screensavers and associated files.
CleanApp monitors file activity and can find unnecessary data that takes up space on user’s hard drive. It’s capable of removing control panes, fonts, widgets, plugins, drivers and language packs.
AppZapper is an easy to use app uninstaller. It detects extra flies that are associated to the application users want to uninstall and lets you eliminate them with one click.
Now you know how to uninstall applications using build-in OSX features or using third party tools. To stay safe online and avoid installing rogue applications it's recommended to download apps only from the Mac App Store. If you need to download applications from other sources be sure to inspect each download and installation step. This way you will be able to opt-out of installing bundled software that can cause issues. If you need further help please ask for assistance in our forum.