How to Uninstall a Program

Look at it: your computer's hard drive is so full it's about to burst! Explain to me why you haven't run for cover yet. There are programs, very heavy, that you have not used for months: why didn't you cancel them? Maybe I understand: you are a beginner with the computer world and you don't know well how to uninstall a program from your PC, quite right? So don't worry, you've come to the right place, at a time that couldn't have been better.

With today's tutorial, in fact, we will discover together how to remove any type of application from a Windows PC and a Mac. I assure you that it is one of the simplest and fastest practices that can be implemented on a computer, so do not worry and get started immediately to work, find all the instructions you need right below.

How do you say? You already know how to uninstall programs from your computer but there are some software that don't want to know about deleting themselves? In the guide I will also deal with this type of problem, but now let's not get too lost in chatter and let's take action immediately. Take five minutes of free time and put into practice the suggestions I am about to give you, I assure you that you will not regret it.

How to Uninstall a Program from Your PC

To begin with, let's find out how to uninstall a program from your PC. Below, therefore, you will find explained how to perform the operation in question on Windows, both on the most recent versions of the operating system and on the older ones.

How to Uninstall a Program on Windows 10

If you want uninstall a program on Windows 10, the first step you need to take is to click on button Start (I cheer with the windows flag) located in the bottom left corner of the taskbar, then you have to locate the icon of the program you want to remove, right-click on it, select the item related to uninstall from the menu that opens and confirm. If it is a Microsoft Store application, it will be removed instantly.

If, on the other hand, it is an application installed via the classic installation package, the application management menu will open (the one that can also be reached by going to Windows settings and clicking on the icon App). Then. re-locate the program to be deleted (if necessary, you can help with the search field and you can use the drop down menu at the top to sort applications differently and to filter them by unit).

Then click on the application name you want to remove and press the button Uninstall that appears (twice in a row). Note that in the case of applications not installed via the Microsoft Store, you may later be offered a guided removal procedure. In this case, to complete it, usually just click on the button forward o Next.

How to Uninstall a Program on Windows 7

As an alternative to the procedure that I have already described in the previous step or if it is your intention uninstall a program on Windows 7 or in any case on one version earlier than Windows 10, you can succeed in your intent by proceeding in the following way: click on button Start (I cheer with the windows flag) located in the bottom left corner of the taskbar and select the link for the Control Panel give the menu to compare.

In the window that at this point is shown on the desktop, click on the item Programs and features and / or Uninstall a program (depending on the type of display set via the drop-down menu at the top left), after which the list of applications installed on the PC will open.

In the new screen that appears, locate the program you want to remove. If you can't find it, you can help by sorting the programs according to their size, installation date, name etc. by clicking on the appropriate card found in the list of software installed on the PC.

Successively, click here program name, then press the button Uninstall or Uninstall / Change which is at the top and follow the guided procedure that is proposed to you. Generally, to complete the removal of a program, just always click on Next / Next.

How to Uninstall a Program from Mac

You own an Apple-branded computer and would like to understand then how to uninstall a program from Mac? I'll explain immediately how to do it ... it's one of the easiest things in the world, believe me!

If the software you want to remove was downloaded from the Mac App Store, april il Launchpad, facendo click on the relative icon (Quella with il space rocket) that you find on Dock bar, hold down the left mouse button on theicona dell'applicazione to uninstall and wait for the latter to start "dancing". Then click on the button (X) that appears on the icon and press the button Delete in the menu that opens, in order to complete the operation.

If the software to be deleted has not been downloaded from the Mac App Store, instead, you need to open the folder Applications macOS, by selecting it from the sidebar of the Finder or by pressing the key combination cmd+shift+a on the keyboard, and you have to drag theapplication icon to be deleted on Trash can, located at the bottom right of the Dock bar. Finally, right click on theicon from the Recycle Bin and empty it by selecting the item Empty the trash (twice).

An additional system that you have from your for uninstall a program on the computers of the "bitten apple" is to exploit it tool to manage storage space, what Apple has decided to include on its operating system starting with macOS Sierra. You can use it both to delete applications from the Mac App Store and from external sources.

To use it, click on the icon apple at the top left of the screen and select the item from the menu that appears About this Mac. In the window that is shown to you on the desktop, select the tab Archiving and click sul bottone Manage, located next to the hard drive name Of computer.

In the further window that appears, select the item Applications from the left sidebar, locate theapplication you want to remove, select it, press the button Delete (twice in a row) and it's done.

How to Uninstall a Program That Does Not Uninstall

Sometimes it happens that the standard removal procedure does not fully do its duty and that the uninstalled software leaves unwanted traces on the disk. To go to uninstall a program that does not uninstall, therefore, it is necessary to turn to specific third-party tools, both on Windows and on macOS. To find out more, continue reading, you will find everything explained in detail below.

Official Unistaller

Some more complex programs, i.e. those that go deeper into the system, require the use ofofficial unistaller, made available directly by the software houses of your interest. For example, if you need to uninstall the antivirus in use on your PC but using the predefined system functions you cannot get rid of it, obviously it is because you have to resort to the use of the appropriate utility.

In regards to Windows, usually the uninstall tools are file in .exe format having a weight of a few MB or even a few KB. To use them, simply double-click on them and follow the wizard on-screen proposal, which allows you to delete all the folders, files and registry keys of the application for which they were designed.

To find the removal utility, it is usually sufficient to visit the website of the relevant manufacturer or do some Google searches. In this regard, however, I invite you to proceed with the download only and exclusively if the utility is hosted on an official software forum or on its website. In all other cases, forget it, as the utility could work bad or, in the worst case scenario, cause problems on Windows or bring "a gift" of viruses.

Su MacOSinstead, applications can include one uninstall script directly in their package .dmg (the one downloaded from the official website of the software and which contains the application before installing it on your computer) or in the settings menu.

Revo Uninstaller (Windows)

Stai using Windows and you need to uninstall a program that you cannot remove in any other way or that you are afraid that it may leave traces on the system, I recommend that you contact the use of Revo Uninstaller. It is a tool through which you can remove any software installed on your PC, even those that seem impossible to uninstall, all without leaving residual files and unused keys in the registry. It is also available in a no-install version and is free, but eventually it is available in some paid variants (with prices starting from $ 24,95), which allow you to take advantage of extra features.

To download the program on your PC, connect to its official website and click on the button Free downlaods present in the center of the displayed page, then press the button Portable located in correspondence with the wording Revo Unistaller Freeware.

Once the download is complete, extract theZIP archive obtained and start the file .exe present inside. In the window that is now shown to you on the screen, click on the button first Yes e poi quello OK.

Now that you see the main window of the software on your desktop, if the interface is not translated, fix it now by clicking the button Options located at the top, selecting theItalian from the menu Current language placed on top and pressing the button OK.

Then, locate the program you want to remove from the list of software installed on your PC that is proposed to you. If you can't find it, you can help with the search bar up. At this point, click onsoftware icon of your interest, press the button Uninstall which is at the top, then on that Continue in the additional window that opens and, if possible, completes the standard uninstallation procedure of the application.

After the uninstall process of the selected program is complete, choose the scan mode of any remaining elements you prefer, click on the button Scan located at the bottom right and wait for all the files, folders and registry keys that refer to the software you just removed are found.

Next, click on the buttons forward e Yes to remove all items found by Revo Uninstaller, wait for the residual files of the program that are still left on the PC and delete them by clicking on the buttons Finished e Yes.

If you need to delete an application taken from the Microsoft Storeinstead, click the item first Windows Apps from the top of the Revo Unistaller window, then select theapplication of your interest from the list and press the button Uninstall always placed on top.

Note that, by default, Revo Uninstaller creates a restore point before removing application data. Sometimes, however, the creation of the restore point fails, which is why I advise you to act manually before using the program, proceeding as I have explained to you in my guides on how to create a restore point on Windows 10 and Windows 7.

AppCleaner (macOS)

Also on MacOS, if you are unable to uninstall a program or in any case to prevent an application from leaving unwanted traces on the computer disk, you can resort to the use of an ad hoc tool: AppCleaner. It is a practical free software that quickly searches all the files linked to a particular application on your computer disk and allows you to delete them in one click.

If you download AppCleaner, connect to its official website and click on the first link Version x.x found under the heading Downloads in the right sidebar, in order to download it to your computer.

Once the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'software icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Next, right click on the program icon, select the item apri from the context menu and then press the button apri in the window on the screen, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations desired by Apple against unauthorized developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Now, to uninstall a program, drag theicona dell'applicazione to be deleted in the AppCleaner window and press the button Remove which is located at the bottom right.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can click on the button with the lines horizontally located in the upper right part of the AppCleaner window, select the application name from the list of programs installed on your computer and remove it by pressing the button Remove that appears on the right.

After deleting a program with AppCleaner, remember to clear the Trash can macOS, by right-clicking on the relative icon which is located at the bottom right of the Dock bar and selecting the voice Empty the trash per due turn consecutive.