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How to Uninstall programs in Windows

Not to be facetious, but I can’t believe the number of computers we work on these days where all the customer had to do was uninstall the program or toolbar they had accidentally installed. So in this post I am going to walk you through uninstalling junk programs, tool bars and other unwanted software that may be slowing your computer down.  Also I will show you items in the “Programs and Features List” that you don’t want to uninstall.

Tell me which toolbar is slowing this browser down? Umm, how about all of them…


I for one hate tool bars, I don’t use tool bars and I don’t like tool bars. Some of them are handy and have special features that can come in handy but most of them just take up space on your browser, have ad-ware / spyware associated with them and slow your browsing experience down.

This one isn’t so bad but I still don’t like it and we see it on a lot of machines. This one comes from the JAVA Update. No matter what you are installing, always double check and make sure to un-check the items that you don’t want to install.


Lets say you have just done your due diligence and installed your Java update like you’re supposed to but this time you forgot to un-check the box that installs the ASK Toolbar. What you need to do is go to your CONTROL PANEL, at the top right make sure you are in “View by: Category”. Then you will see on your bottom left under Programs: Click on UNINSTALL A PROGRAM. Click on the program you would like to uninstall and then click the uninstall button. Below you will see screen shots to help you find what you are looking for.


Below you will find a screen shot of what not to Un-install:


Review the list above, especially if you have a HP computer most of the stuff that says HP you are going to want to keep. Granted if you do some extra research then some of it is bloatware and you can uninstall without hurting anything.  Then below the HP items you will see a lot of software installed from INTEL. For some of you that don’ know Intel is a major chip manufacturer for Intel based computers.  Be careful and leave this stuff alone, if you uninstall this certain hardware on your computer will stop working.

Hope this helps, feel free to leave comments below and/or if you have any questions feel free to ask and I will answer them to the best of my knowledge.

Four Corners Computer Center • October 30, 2014

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