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How to Uninstall Unwanted Programs?

As we know that it?s more difficult to uninstall programs than installing them. It?s observed that programs always leave their update folder or some DLL files. Some programs even leave their registry values in system registry. That?s why these programs still pop up after being uninstalled and strange DLL errors appear. Control panel is the most common method to uninstall a program. But it can?t completely remove all components of a program.


Users sometimes want to uninstall and reinstall a program, but there will be a pop up saying that program has been installed and our users can?t find it. Some users want to change their anti-virus or anti-spyware and uninstall them thru control panel. When they install another anti-virus or anti-spyware, there is another pop up saying their previous anti-virus or anti-spyware is still there, please uninstall it first.


In the above cases, users can?t find the uninstalled programs nor install the new ones. When users uninstall programs with Perfect Uninstaller, it will uninstall the program and scan the registry for the left over entries as well as drivers for the left over files. These three steps ensures a complete...

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my itunes just stopped working one day and now i can not reinstall it on my computer


Learn how to completely uninstall iTunes, QuickTime, and other essential software components from your Windows XP PC.
How ToFor Windows Vista or Windows 7, see this article.
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In some rare instances, it may be necessary to remove all traces of iTunes, QuickTime, and related software components from your computer before reinstalling iTunes.
Use the Control Panel to uninstall iTunes and related software components in the following order:
  1. iTunes
  2. QuickTime
  3. Apple Software Update
  4. Apple Mobile Device Support
  5. Bonjour
  6. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)
Important: You may see various alert messages if you uninstall these applications in a different order or only uninstall certain components.
For detailed steps on removing and reinstalling iTunes and related components on Windows XP, refer to the following steps:
Removing iTunes Note: iTunes Store purchases or songs imported from CDs are saved in your My Music folder by default and are not deleted by removing iTunes.
  1. Quit iTunes.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select iTunes from the list of currently installed programs, then click Remove.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove iTunes, select Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
  7. If other program entries were listed for iTunes in Add or Remove Programs, remove those as well.
  8. In Add or Remove Programs, remove any iPod Updater applications that are listed in the same fashion as iTunes was removed.
Removing QuickTime
  1. Quit QuickTime Player.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select QuickTime from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove QuickTime, click Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
  7. If other program entries were listed for QuickTime in Add or Remove Programs, remove those as well.
Removing Apple Software Update
  1. Quit Apple Software Update.
  2. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select Apple Software Update from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  5. When asked if you would like to remove Apple Software Update, click Yes.
  6. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
  7. If other program entries were listed for Apple Software Update in Add or Remove Programs, remove those as well.
Removing Apple Mobile Device Support
  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select Apple Mobile Device Support from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  4. When asked if you would like to remove Apple Mobile Device Support, click Yes.
  5. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
Notes: Do not manually delete the Mobile Device Support folder located at C:Program FilesCommon FilesApple. Use Add or Remove Programs as described in the steps above.
Removing Bonjour
  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel click "Add or Remove Programs."
  3. Select Bonjour from the list of currently installed programs then click Uninstall.
  4. When asked if you would like to remove Bonjour click Yes.
  5. After the uninstallation is complete do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
Removing Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)
  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select Apple Application Support from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.
  4. When asked if you would like to remove Apple Application Support, click Yes.
  5. After the uninstallation is complete, do not restart your computer if you are prompted to.
Verify iTunes and related components are completely uninstalled
  1. Restart your computer.
  2. After the computer restarts, open Local Disk (C:) located in Computer or whichever hard disk your programs are installed on.
  3. Open the Program Files folder.
  4. Right-click the iTunes folder, choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Note: This folder may have already been deleted if iTunes was successfully removed.
  5. Right-click the iPod folder, choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  6. Right-click the QuickTime folder (if it exists), choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  7. Right-click the Bonjour folder (if it exists), choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  8. Open the Common Files folder.
  9. Right-click the Apple folder (if it exists), choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  10. Open Local Disk (C:) located in Computer or whichever hard disk your operating system is installed on.
  11. Open the Windows folder.
  12. Open the System32 folder.
  13. Right-click the QuickTime file (if it exists), choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  14. Right-click the QuickTimeVR file (if it exists), choose Delete, and choose Yes when asked to confirm the deletion. Click Continue if Windows needs confirmation or permission to continue.
  15. Right-click the Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin
Reinstalling iTunes and related components After verifying that iTunes is completely uninstalled, you should download and install the latest version of iTunes.
Additional Information iPodService.exe Alert Follow these steps if the message, "Cannot delete iPodService.exe: It is being used by another person or program" appears when you try to delete the iPod folder.
  1. Make sure that iTunes and the iPod Updater utility are not open.
  2. Press and hold Control-Alt-Delete. Select Start Task Manager.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Locate "iPodService.exe" in the list.
  5. Click "iPodService.exe" and choose End Process.
  6. Quit the Task Manager.

Aug 04, 2010 | Apple iTunes

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My windows software (XP Home) is automatically upgraded, however, this leaves a whole host of folders that are taking up a great deal of space. Each folder is prefixed by '$NtUninstall KB'. Can these folders be safely deleted to free up space?


You may certainly delete these files. If all the updates have been done, your system is working and stable, they may be removed. You will not be able to uninstall any XP update that you delete this folder for.
Do NOT delete the $hf_mig$ folder.
Add/remove programs will report an error should you click one of these updates, but causes no problems.

Apr 22, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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I've tried downloaded updated versions of adobe reader; have done so, but there are older versions which now interfere. I'm unable to open any version at this time. Can you help?


The only recommendation i could make for you is just uninstall the previous versions then re-install the one version you would like to use...That's the only solution I know so far...

Jul 23, 2008 | Adobe Acrobat 7.0 for PC

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contact manager pro


CLEAN INSTALL needed here.
Try uninstalling, after the uninstall, shut down completely for at least 30 seconds, and then restart.
Then do a search for 'all files and folders' - search for both Cosmi and then Contact Manager, with the options "Search system folders", "Search hidden files and folders" and "Search subfolders" checked. Delete all of those files found.
You should do this search and delete whenever you uninstall any programs. It will remove lots and lots of leftover junk files and corrupted files taking up room on your hard drive. It will also give you a "clean install" when you reinstall or install an updated program. (Do this ESPECIALLY when updating to a NEW anti-virus programs and “Internet Security Suite” programs such as McAfee or Norton etc.)
BEFORE RE-INSTALLING Contact Manager
Download and install "Registry Mechanic" then do the updates prior to running it and removing anything for the first time. This will get rid of all your current Registry errors, prior to installing or reinstalling.

Dec 04, 2007 | Cosmi Perfect Contact Manager (rom07875)...

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