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Posted on 2004-04-28
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How do you go about completely removing software in xp which doesn't want to uninstall itself using the add/remove option? ... is it just a case of finding the folders the it used and deleting it from the registry? why does it still appear in the add/remove folder?
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by:sunray_2003
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Have you tried going into safe mode and then removing it in add/remove programs ?

Are you logged in as admin mode ?

What software is that ?

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by:sunray_2003
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the relevant items should be present here

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall


go and remove them if found. Before doing this backup your registry

All the best
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alternatively , try downloading system mechanic from here http://www.iolo.com/ and
it can do the job for you ..
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by:JohnK813
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First, follow sunray's advice to remove the program.
Next, if you think the program is removed, but it's still showing up on Add/Remove Programs, I believe Tweak UI (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp) gives you an option to remove a program's information from the Add/Remove Program window.
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by:Frostbyte_Zero
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Most of the software that you probably want to remove is Ad-Ware. Try: http://www.lavasoft.nu. Download Ad-Aware. It's free and cleans all that junk of your system.
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