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Uninstalling Unwanted or Unused Programs – Why You Should and How to Do It

Uninstalling unused or unwanted programs can help your computer in various ways.  By uninstalling these programs you will be,

  • Adding hard drive space
  • Increasing computer speed – By removing programs you’re not using, they won’t have access to run in your background; therefore, increasing PC speeds.
  • Enhancing your computer security – Many times we ignore updates on programs we are no longer using.  Updates are not only for getting the newest features, but for also patching any security vulnerabilities in the older version.  Therefore, by ignoring the updates, you are also ignoring the security patches.

Uninstalling Programs

To uninstall unwanted or unused programs, follow the below step-by-step instructions:

First, access your control panel.  You can do so by searching for “Control Panel” in the search bar by the Start menu.  Or you can click on the Start menu and access “Control Panel”.  By doing so, you will see the screen below:

Click on “Uninstall a program”, as shown above.  This will populate this screen:

Hover over the program you wish to uninstall.  This will generate a check box on the right side.  Place a check mark in the box.  Click “Uninstall”.

Upon clicking “Uninstall” a confirmation box will pop up.  You will want to click “Yes” if you would like to uninstall the program.

Once you click “Yes”, the uninstallation process will begin.  Follow the appropriate prompts to finish the uninstallation.  To complete the process, you may need to reboot your PC.  Not all uninstallation processes require this; however, it is suggested.

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15 thoughts on “Uninstalling Unwanted or Unused Programs – Why You Should and How to Do It

  1. PC Matic had a newsletter that had “Slimware” featured and I wanted to find out what it was about..It installed immediately and I never checked the policy agreement..I have tried to uninstall it numerous times and it still keeps popping up..I thought it would be trusted , as it came from this newsletter..Boy was I wrong.!! Don’t trust anything even if it comes from PC Matic..I have never had an issue with PC Matic in many years, why would I want to install “Slimware”..Has anyone else had this issue, and if so , how did you handle it.??

    • Do you recall when this was? Based on my TechTalk search, the only article we’ve ever mentioned that discussed “slimware” was in 2012 — and there were no links, just an article. If you have additional information, please share it with me so I can look into this immediately.

      Thank you,

    • @William Radel: Slimware utilities is a driver update exe that checks your computer for out of date drivers and updates them. You wont be able to remove it without administrator privileges

    • @William Radel: YES, I HAVE CANCELLED SLIMWARE AND AM TRYING TO UNINSTALL IT RIGHT NOW AND CAN’T. IT KEEPS GIVING ME A MSG THAT CAN’T UNINSTALL BECAUSE SOMETHING ABOUT .EXE IS NOT THERE… ???? I’M NOT VERY TECH SAVVY, SO UNSURE WHAT THAT MEANS/??? BUT, THE ODD THING IS THAT IT STILL KEEPS COMING ON WITH A SCAN OR WHATEVER IT DOES, AND SHOWS YOU WHAT PROBLEMS ITS FOUND, AND ASKS IF YOU WANT TO FIX THEM,.. THEN, WHEN YOU CLICK YES, IT TAKES YOU TO THEIR SITE AND, IN ORDER TO FIX THEM, YOU HAVE TO PAY MORE MONEY!! THAT’S WHY I SAID NO WAY, TAKE IT OUT AND REFUND MY MONEY. HOWEVER, TO THEIR CREDIT, THEY DID REFUND MY PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY.

      IN A 2/10/18 EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED FROM PC MATIC, IT SAID, UNDER C DRIVE, “SlimCleaner Plus was removed from Startup.” THEN, UNDER ‘SECURITY’, IT SAID, C:\\ProgramFiles\\SlimService\\SlimServiceFactory.exe was detected as virus and removed.”

      DO YOU THINK THIS BE THE MISSING .exec, I SPOKE OF ABOVE, AND THE REASON FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO UNINSTALL SLIMCLEANER????????

  2. There is a lot of advice on the internet already on how to remove unwanted programs from our computers which even a lot of us non-geeks already know how to do. It sure would be helpful if someone made a list of the programs that are normally installed on new computers and explained what these are for, what they do and are they necessary and I don’t mean the programs that we use every day. It’s the background ones that we don’t use but they are on the computer for whatever reason. I know the list is probably endless, but we need to start somewhere.

  3. Some programs will not unstall without a fight. I was a fan of AVG anti-virus until they did something stupid and I wanted to remove it. After fighting for hours, I found out that you have to go to their website and download a program that is a cleaner/uninstaller. That level of intrusiveness made me not trust AVG one bit.

    • @Wilson:
      avg also ignores you when you follow their directions to stop unwanted renewals. They are impossible to talk to, although I did get an email going and they said they would fix it, after I said i was reporting them to whatever sites I could find. I had to change my bank information to get them to keep billing me–and years later, they still try. I HATE THEM

  4. I have been told in the pasted by p/c geeks. That I need to uninstall alot. My question is how do I figure out. Which ones are important to leave and which ones. That I should uninstall.

    • Best rule of thumb is to uninstall what you KNOW you don’t need. Like the applications that you downloaded at one time, and no longer use. Anything that you are not familiar with, do NOT uninstall until you have done the appropriate research to determine it is not critical for your daily PC use.

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