Incomplete uninstall of a program.

By Dundas2
Dec 22, 2005
  1. I used a program's uninstall feature to remove it. However, it looks like it has just removed the listing from Programs and the icon from the Desktop,because I still see it in the Registry and Program Files.
    I will leave the Registry alone,but can I safely delete the associated Program Files?
    What is the best way to more thoroughly remove a program right off the bat?
    Thanks for your help. :)
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    What's the program?
  3. Dundas2

    Dundas2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry. System Mechanic.
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    As far as I'm aware, System mechanic should unintall properly in the normal way. The registry entries it will have left are unlikely to matter much. What files has it left behind in its program files folder?
  5. Dundas2

    Dundas2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Program Files/System Mechanic.

    System snapshot Data
    Web Update
    Duplicate Files txt
    Kept Cookies txt
    Manual: Dupes Log txt
    Junk Log txt
    Privacy Log txt
    Registry Log txt
    Shortcuts Log txt
    Spyhunter Log txt
    Netbooster Log txt
    New Duplicate File txt
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Just logs and options.

    You may or may not find the registry backups useful at some point, or not. Otherwise, just delete it all. The application is uninstalled
  7. Dundas2

    Dundas2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks,Spike! :)
  8. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77


    Far too many programs fail to uninstall properly. The usual quick workaround (for your future reference) is install it again then uninstall it again.

    Norton's wonderful (not!) programs are good at tripping up over this too - they see their own (uninstalled) registry entries and refuse to install (again) until they are first unistalled (which you can't do). Catch-22.

    That's why there are many, many pages of norton site devoted to get rid!

    Now you're telline me System Mechanic (a Norton me-too) suffers the same symptoms. I despair.
  9. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I suspect system mechanic does it for two reasons. One being that you often need to uninstall what you have in order to upgrade to the latest version, and the second is simply to keep logs and settings should you wish to upgrade or re-install.
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