May 24, 2005
Dear CNET members,
For the most part, good software is easily uninstalled from your computer, but the bad ones--well, once they've settled in your computer, they just don't want to leave. Even the best programs with good uninstallers will surprisingly leave some, if not many, traces, ranging from program folders to registry keys, in your system. While these leftover files are small, the bottom line is that they add up to clutter--eventually taking up unnecessary space on your hard drive and/or leading to future performance hits on your machine. So what's there to do? Check out editor Jason Parker's article, "Uninstall programs with confidence," where he recommends a few uninstaller software programs that do a better job of cleaning up your computer. He recommends a few uninstaller utilities in his article, but I'm sure many of you have other suggestions. Do you have a favorite third-party uninstaller that you swear by? Or better yet, what methods do you follow when removing programs? Share with your fellow members, and tell us what works best for you! TalkBack to us.
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Can't seem to completely get rid of some of those old programs you tried to uninstall way back when? Read the latest Killer Downloads article, and share your favorite uninstalling tricks and tips.
Not all uninstallers are the same
CNET member nevenp warns that some uninstaller programs can actually cause more harm then help. Some people use a superuninstaller before the software's regular uninstaller, which can make it impossible for either app to remove everything properly.
Read nevenp's post in CNET TalkBack
Remember the registry
While specialized uninstaller programs can clean up unnecessary files, CNET member Zonny suggests using a Registry cleaner as well to help keep your system pristine.
Read Zonny's post in CNET TalkBack
Rather than risking your OS to just any download, CNET member jetman suggests loading up a "virtual machine," which emulates an operating system environment on top of your real OS. That way, any software installed within the virtual system can't make its way to your real operating system.
Read jetman's post in CNET TalkBack
Got a tip or opinion about software uninstallers? Check out the latest Killer Downloads section and feel free to speak up.
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