How to uninstall a program from Windows

This guide shows you how to uninstall a program from Microsoft Windows operating systems.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel (or Programs and Features).

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program (in earlier versions of Windows this is called Add and remove programs).

3. Double click the Windows program you want to uninstall to begin the uninstall process.

Sean Doyle

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6 Responses

  1. Sophia says:

    I can’t remove Comodo Cloud Antivirus from my computer. I never installed it. It just popped up one day. I have tried probably 20 plus times to get rid of it and it continues to reappear which is quite annoying.

  2. Gina says:

    HI Sean,
    I tied to uninstall DriverUpdate Plus by speedbit technology i hit uninstall and then it asks if i am sure I say yes and then it pops up with do I want the app to make changes to my device? I have tried yes and no and it still doesn’t come off the list as uninstalled. Any suggestions.
    Thank you for your time.

  3. Steve Church says:

    Hi Sean,
    I tried uninstalling the srpn files program in list of programs via Control panel. Once the file was right-clicked on, avast went through a lengthy process of analysis and ultimately said that the file was buried in Chest. However,it still appears on list of programs after repeated tries.
    In the meantime, once logging on to Google Chrome from computer startup, you get the web-start. org browser/search engine, listed as Homepage. I do not touch that, only clicking off after opening a second browser with Google as default then. Not sure how this came about. Any suggestions, Sean. Tx…Steve

  4. Dachell says:

    when i try to uninstall i get an error message that says it may have already been uninstalled. should i trust this message and remove the program from the programs n features list or?

    • Sean Davis says:

      That usually means that the program is uninstalled. But, if you think your computer is infected with an unwanted program or malware I strongly suggest to scan your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

      You can also check to see if the program you uninstalled is removed from your computer by trying to locate the corresponding directory in this path: C:\Program Files (x86)

      If you can’t find the directory folder for the program you previously uninstalled it was probably removed properly.

  5. Ted B says:

    I tried this step to remove” reimage repair”. and I get a box say ” Please wait until the program is finish uninstalling of changing”. have tried a few times hours apart.

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