How to uninstall a program using CCleaner

How to uninstall a program using CCleaner

There are several different ways you can uninstall a program from your computer. Each way has varying degrees of success, sometimes leaving behind broken registry entries that bog down your system and slow performance.

CCleaner is a free program that does many things, including act as an uninstaller. It does a pretty good job of getting rid of all the pieces of a program, and it’s easy to use. If you don’t have CCleaner installed on your computer yet, refer to the Helium article How to install CCleaner before continuing on.


Step 1

Run CCleaner

Double click the CCleaner icon on your desktop, or click on CCleaner from within the Programs folder on your Start menu. The CCleaner window will appear.

(If you have automatic updates enabled, CCleaner may ask you if you want to download the newest version now. You can either download it now, and then come back to this guide, or you can click No and download it later.)

Step 2

Go to Tools

In the CCleaner window, click on Tools on the left hand side of the screen (with the toolbox icon).

Step 3

Find the program to delete

The first option in the Tools section is Uninstall, which should be the active category. (If Uninstall isn’t highlighted, select it now.) On the Programs to Remove list, scroll down until you see the program that you want to uninstall. Once you’ve found it, click on it once.

Step 4

Uninstall the program

With the program’s name highlighted, click on the Run Uninstaller button on the right side of the screen. (This choice will be grayed out if you haven’t selected a program.)

Depending on the individual program, you may see a warning or confirmation message, or the program’s own uninstaller agent may run. If either of these situations occur, follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall the program. For other programs, they may simply disappear from the list once you choose to uninstall them.

Step 5

Verify that the program has been uninstalled

Once the uninstaller has run, the program’s name should have been taken off of the Programs to Remove list. If the program still shows up on the list, close CCleaner and then open it again, and check the list to make sure that the program is gone.

Things Needed
• a computer with CCleaner installed on it

Tips & Warnings
• In CCleaner, always choose Run Uninstaller to remove a program. Clicking on Delete Entry will remove the program from the list, but it won’t uninstall it from your computer.


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