Cleaning every last trace of an old program can be a pain. Here's how to do it quickly, in about 5 minutes:
- Open the ‘Programs and Features' control panel, select the application you no longer want, and click Uninstall. You may need to reboot the system.
- If the program has other parts (plug-ins, toolbars, ActiveX components, and so on), uninstall them too, following the above instructions. If an application won't uninstall, don't edit the Registry in an attempt to manually scrub the program away; in all likelihood, you'll accidentally cause more harm than good.
- If you installed the program recently, you can try rolling back your PC with System Restore to get rid of it. Find this function under Accessories, System Tools.
- If that doesn't work, try the $39 Revo Uninstaller. A more-limited free version of Revo Uninstaller is also available.