After uninstalling at Add/Remove Programs,
if "things" remain, they will likely be found
at a particular location.
Technically it would be called:
%Program Files%\The Program Name\any left-over files.
Usually meaning (in a case like this):
C:\Program Files\Yahoo\Internet Mail
C:\Program Files\Yahoo\Messenger\Explorer Bar
Locate the "main folder" in the location it installed to.
View the sub-folders & files that may remain.
Verify they are related to those programs you uninstalled, not for instance, some
program of Yahoo that you may still be using.
Right click & delete them.
Reboot and view to see that the "traces" are gone.
When recommending this sort of "manual deletion",
after uninstallation in other ways ... like when we utilize HJT to
help get rid of malware, I have made these statements, also:Search for
, locate and delete files or foldersTo find them use: Start-->Search-->select "all files & folders"-->select "more advanced options"-->
check search "system folders", "hidden files & folders" & "sub-folders".
You may also navigate to the appropriate folder, right-click-->delete individual files.
(They may not exist, the previous steps may have eliminated them. We're double-checking some of these)
Do not delete main folders like C:\WINDOWS
or C:\Program Files
and a list would typically follow.
As an added measure of safety (and sometimes effectiveness) we also
recommend that it be done in the safe mode.Reboot
your computer into Safe Mode
. (click tutorial for instructions)
ALSO: after uninstalling/installing programs, etc.
I personally run a couple more software programs.
Since this activity usually contributes to "clutter" I run the built-in
Before I do that, I typically run a registry cleaning program,
since left-overs (useless clutter) often remain in the registry.
Instead of "fiddling" with the registry, I use programs that
are designed to identify such "obsolete" entries and allow for
them to automatically fix or delete them.
If you do not have such a program (the good ones cost money)
I'd recommend a trial shareware program designed to safely accomplish it.Reg Supreme Pro
I hope this helps you to determine the best procedure to follow
in dealing with what you have mentioned is a problem for you.
are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do ..."
(or googling, as the case may be) Thanks for the question(s).
Edited by phawgg, 10 March 2005 - 03:51 PM.