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House-cleaning question

by OzExpat / January 9, 2007 7:47 PM PST

Hi all,

I've been doing some 'housecleaning' on my laptop, removing old unused programs, clean-up, defrag, etc. Now when I look at my 'Program Files' folder, I still see files for programs that were uninstalled (using 'Control Panel> Add & Remove Programs' option). Eg I used to have Norton AV, then McAfee, while I now use Trend Micro. I had long ago uninstalled both Norton and McAfee but the folders are still in the Programs File taking up space, a few MB each.

Question; Do I simply 'Delete' these folders or could that cause some problems. What is the best way of getting rid of these sort of folders once the program itself has been uninstalled ?

Thanks, in anticipation.

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Re: House-cleaning question
by Tufenuf / January 9, 2007 8:02 PM PST

OzExpat, If you uninstalled those programs it should be safe to delete those leftover program folders/files that are still there. Just leave them in the Recycle Bin for a few days and if no problems appear get rid of them.


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agreed and run ccleaner after you empy your trash for
by ozyman4269 / January 11, 2007 6:21 PM PST
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by axekick / January 11, 2007 8:02 PM PST

Anytime I have to remove any Symantech product I go to their website and find a removal tool. For the past 6 years nothing I have uninstalled of theirs ever actually uninstalled completely and on one occasion caused significant damage after I installed a new security suite with the reminence of Nortons left on my hard drive. Had to reformat and lost everything. But as it stands I would just change the file attribute properties if necessary, delete them and then as someone already posted run Ccleaner as well as a registry cleaner.

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by Ryo Hazuki / January 17, 2007 1:30 AM PST

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