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Program Won't Delete

by FredS / June 24, 2006 3:53 PM PDT

I recently downloaded and tried a small, freeware reminder program. "Reminders for Real People" (Real People Software). When I decided I didn't need the program, I tried to delete it.

First I saw there was no uninstaller in its program folder. So, instead, I used my Win 98SE control panel's "add/remove program" function. After that the program was no longer listed in the "add/remove" list but I noticed the program's small, quick-launch icon was still in my system tray.

Then I checked my computer's Programs folder (Start, Programs) and found that the "Reminder" program was still listed there. However, when I put my mouse over the reminder program's folder, a drop-down menu with most of System Mechanic 5's elements showed up. I don't what the connection is between the freeware reminder program and System Mechanic.

So I closed all open windows and opened my System Mechanic 5 program. I thought maybe I could use that program's more powerful uninstall software function to get rid of "Reminders for Real People". Unfortunately, the "Reminders" program does not appear on the System Mechanic's main list of programs to uninstall or on SM's "Uninstall Program Not Listed" list, either.

So before I try to manually delete this program and end up with parts of it scattered all over my computer, would someone advise me of the best action to take?

Perhaps you can suggest a (freeware) uninstaller program that is powerful enough to completely delete this reminder program? If I must manually delete the program, what's the best method to use? Thanks for any help.

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Deleting program.
by Kees Bakker / June 24, 2006 7:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Program Won't Delete

What I would do:
1. Start>Run>MSCONFIG and see if the program is run in the Startup tab. If so, uncheck it.
2. Reboot and delete the folder of that program in Program Files. If it refuses to be deleted, reboot in Safe Mode and delete it from there.
3. Manually clean up desktop, Start>Programs and the like.
4. Accept that traces of the program might still be in the registry.

Kees

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Try this. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 24, 2006 10:36 PM PDT
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Go here http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290301 and download the utility. Run it and it will install the program, it'll show up in the start menu. Run it and it should show all installed programs. You can delete the offender from there.

If the program is not listed, then it's probably not listed in the regestry. If that's the case you can safely delete the program.

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One Down; One to Go . . .
by FredS / June 25, 2006 12:03 AM PDT
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Thanks for the info from you both. I followed Kee's instructions and deleted the program successfully. As Kees said, there may be fragments still left.

However, I only just saw Coryphaeus' post. I have checked out the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility web site and will read more about it now.

Thank you much for the help.

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Try a couple of Free Cleanup tools...
by skycatcher / June 27, 2006 12:18 AM PDT

Your program may have uninstalled OK first time but had a poor uninstaller that left shortcuts and folders on your HDD.

Use Windows Explorer to delete the old folders in Program Files. Now try some free tools like Ccleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) and EasyCleaner (http://www.toniarts.com/products.php?PHPSESSID=6cbf6fda9d7ddefdb733f067debc5ecd). They are possibly also available from www.download.com as well.

These programs will tidy up things like unused icons and registry entries from non-existent programs - and a lot more junk as well.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks - I'll have a look for them today
by FredS / June 27, 2006 12:48 AM PDT
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