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#1 marv73

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 10:32 PM

I notice that after removing programs via the Add/Remove option that I still see references to them in different files. Does the Add/Remove only clear the registry and leave everything else? Can the rest of these references to the removed program be safely deleted? I notice that it don't completely remove all the references even in the registry. Thanks

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 11:03 PM

Add remove uninstall the program using the programs built in uninstaller......kinda just a fancier outlook of it all. What most programs do is leave a file behind in case you choose to reinstall the program.

You can delete these extra files and any registry keys left can be removed with a simple program such as bleep cleaner (ccleaner.com)

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:00 AM

There is a whole class of register cleaner utilities. They repair links to non-existent programs. For ex: http://www.worldstart.com/weekly-download/...-cleaner4.3.htm

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Posted 12 July 2005 - 12:09 AM

Add remove uninstall the program using the programs built in uninstaller......kinda just a fancier outlook of it all. What most programs do is leave a file behind in case you choose to reinstall the program.

You can delete these extra files and any registry keys left can be removed with a simple program such as bleep cleaner (ccleaner.com)

Always create a backup.
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Posted 12 July 2005 - 02:12 AM

Hi All,Low Tide(long time no see),encouraging to troll the site again,just read
interview with grinler which makes you think aha.Returned from Microsoft Site
after Downloading Anti-spyware Beta&wormblaster-more ammunition in the
war.Hey Marv,perceptive question as many folks don't realise how stubborn&hard
to remove some programs can be,and + - programs is a pathetic superficial
uninstaller,Has anyone tried to remove Nortons with 'And Refuse Programming'?
Any installation integrates the program with the system,shares files& Dll's and
creates log files every time it runs.If it isn't bundled with an uninstaller I avoid
installing anything.Third party uninstallers generally use Windows + - and are
therefore no improvement on it.Ashampoo Uninstaller Suite is diferent in this
regard,as it creates an installation Log file and monitors an installation so well
that every change to the system configuration is logged and totally reversed
upon uninstallation.Now this can be inconvenient as it monitors virus updates,
security updates and everything-thus everything takes twice as long!But when
the time comes to uninstall & reverse any changes it pays off bigtime.Although
not free,this program is available on a generous trial basis,full version.




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