Monday, August 18, 2008

Uninstall Programs Properly to Prevent PC Problems

One of the primary causes of PC problems and irritating errors is deleting files. For many of us, when we see a program we don't recall or see a file we deem unimportant, we're quick to delete and erase it. What many of us don't realize is these seemingly harmless actions can result in headaches and errors further down the line. Windows registry errors are a result of broken file paths, missing extensions and basically any interruption in our operating system. Downloading free trials and new software is a common practice for any computer owner. But, erasing unwanted programs isn't as easy as the install process. There are plenty of things to keep in mind before we click "delete":

- The best place to uninstall a program is through the Control Panel’s "Add/Remove" Program List.

- Always double check you clicked on the right program box before you choose to remove it. At times, several programs are checked as a default. You wouldn’t want to delete your anti-virus software or anything like that.

- If you're prompted to delete a shared drive, don’t delete it! This was help prevent future error messages, in case you remove a file another software program relies on.

- If the program you want to delete isn't listed under "Add/Remove", go to Programs and look for the specific software folder. Most have a folder called Manual Uninstall which will help you removed the program.

- If you don't recognize a program in your "Add/Remove" folder, don't jump and get rid of it. It may have a strange name (leaving you fearful of some virus or worm) but chances are, it's meant to be there. Consult with someone who knows PC's or browse the Help database.

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