The correct way to remove most programs is from within its program group Uninstall shortcut in Start Menu > All Programs or by using Programs and Features
) in Control Panel, so always check there first
. In most cases, using the uninstaller of the software not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings
Reboot when done and delete the Program folder if it still exists.
Alternatively, you can use a third-party utility like Revo Uninstaller Free or Portable
and follow these instructions
for using it. Revo provides a listing of all installed software by installation date and when removing a program, Revo does a more comprehensive job of searching for and removing related registry entries, files and folders.
Keep in mind that not all programs show up in Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features in Control Panel. Some will have their own uninstaller, which can be found in the program's folder or Start Menu without the need to register in that location. This is typically by design as some vendors write installation routines so their program intentionally will not be included in the Add/Remove list. Stand-alone applications have no installer at all but they may create registry keys when used and those entries can be detected by third-party tools as installed software. In older operating system, this behavior occurred if a program's DisplayName or uninstall key name was longer than 63 characters.
If the program is not listed in Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) look for an uninstall icon (shortcut) from within its program group. Click on Start > All Programs (or Program Files), look for the program folder by name and use the program's uninstaller. If it's not there, the next step would be to open Window's Explorer, manually navigate to the program's folder itself, look for an uninstaller file (i.e. uninstall.exe) and double-click on it to run.