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by:Krell     2020-07-18

Often after a software uninstallation, a computer may start performing slow or throw error messages occasionally. Such problems occur due to the existence of the uninstalled software's remnants that interfere with other applications or programs, causing malfunctioning or slowdown in your computer. See the below mentioned guide to know the right procedure of uninstalling the leftover files of a software.


Before you begin, we have already assumed that you have uninstalled the software using Add or Remove Programs. It's only the leftover.dll files or registry entries that need to be located and deleted from your computer to have it run smoothly. It can be done manually or with the help of an uninstaller tool.

Manual Procedure -

You would need to search all over your computer to find and delete the files and registry entries associated with it. Browse to Start> My Computer> C: drive> Program Files. Search for the leftover files (.exe,.ini, or.dll) of the software and remove them. Next, move to the Temp folder under Program Files and repeat the procedure. When finished, browse to C: drive> Documents and Settings> your user profile or name> Application Data and look for the traces of the software and remove them.

Navigate to the Local Settings folder under your user profile and repeat the step. If there is more than one standard user on your computer, repeat this procedure for all of them. When done, locate the.dll files related to the software and remove them. Use the Windows Search utility (Ctrl + F key combination) to search for such files. Take a note of the path (location) of the desired.dll file for use in the next step.

To remove.dll files, you will need to unregister them. Before you proceed, you must back up your data or setup a system restore point to avoid system crash or other severe problems caused due to wrongly deleted.dll file(s). Navigate to the Start menu and then Run. Type 'cmd' in the empty field and press the Enter key. It will launch the Command Prompt window showing the existing directory in C: drive. If you want to change the directory, type 'cd', give a space using the Spacebar key, type name of the desired directory, and hit Enter.

For example, you want to switch to the E: directory (here it is only assumed that it is your another directory that you want to switch to), type 'cd d:' (Without quotes and as is) and hit Enter. Now it's time to unregister dll files. Type 'regsvr32 /u [full path of the.dll file]' and hit Enter. You need not type the path in large brackets. These have been used only to highlight the text here. You must also correctly spell the command as well as the path of the dll file to avoid facing an error message. You will see a confirmation message if the dll file has been unregistered successfully. Close all the windows.

Next, move to Registry Editor and delete the registry entries of the software. Before you begin, take a backup of your registry or else setup a restore point. Go to Run and type 'regedit' in the empty box. Hit Enter to launch Registry Editor. Windows 7 and Vista users might be prompted for an admin password. Enter it and proceed. Scan all the branches of the registry to locate and remove the registry entries of the program. When finished, exit Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

Auto Procedure -

Since it can be very difficult and time consuming for you to explore the entire hard drive and remove all the files (.exe,.dll,.ini etc.) and registry entries of the software, choose a simple way. Download the latest free or paid version of Revo Uninstaller from its official website. Save the file when prompted. Extract its contents to another file provided that it is a zip file. When done, browse to the place where the file is saved and open it and run installation. Follow on-screen instructions and finish the installation. When prompted, reboot computer. Open the program and start the cleaning. Wait until it cleans all the traces of the software.

Additional Tips:

You will need admin privileges to carry out the above mentioned tasks. Use the Disk Cleanup utility to eliminate the junk files and other unused ones to enhance the performance of your computer.

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