Learn how to cancel your online accounts

Have you ever tried to cancel, say, your Pandora account? Then you know what a hassle it can be. First you have find the cancellation page, which isn’t exactly easy, then fill out an email form.

This is standard practice with a lot of Web services, which work hard to get you signed up and are understandably reluctant to see you go. Though some make it easier than others to cancel an account, it can definitely be a time-consuming process.

JustDelete.me provides links to the cancellation pages for hundreds of services, from Adobe to Zoho. And it color-codes each listing so you know at a glance whether it's easy, medium, hard, or even impossible to cancel.

All you do is click the name of any service you want to leave; that'll immediately take you to the corresponding cancellation page. Before you do so, however, you may want to click Show Info, which provides a brief overview of the requirements and/or policy for that service.

The info for Pandora (rating: hard), for example, reads as follows:

You have to email support from the email associated with your account. If you do not have access to that, you need to provide the email address, birth year, and zip code on the account.

JustDelete.me is handy not only for canceling accounts you already have, but also for investigating services before you sign up for them. A Pinterest account, for example, can be deactivated, but your profile and pins live on indefinitely. Who knew?

Now you do.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.comSign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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