Repair Tool of the Week: Add Remove Programs Cleaner

Occasionally an application cannot be removed by using “Add/Remove Programs” under the control panel and you have to delete it manually. However, sometimes the entry for the application still remains in the installed programs list even though the program is no longer on your computer. This is where Add Remove Programs Cleaner comes in.

Add / Remove Programs Cleaner is a standalone freeware application designed to help you clean up remaining/unused entries in “Add / Remove Programs” under control panel.




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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (7)

  • Mickey Roush says:

    Would this be better then the utility/tool that is in CCleaner?

  • NETWizz says:

    Typically this should be a last/last resort.

    In the event of an incomplete uninstall, sometimes Program Files\Application\uninstall.exe or something can be found to finish the uninstall properly.

    Removing an item from the list does NOT uninstall the program. It merely removes its entry from HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.

    You can poke around in there with regedit and also remove items from the Add/Remove List.

    If the particular troublesome application was packaged with the Windows installer i.e. MSI, use the MSI CleanUp Utility Instead of this program. Typical needs of the MSI cleanup Utility are installer keeps trying to install the same thing again and again but fails continuously, install cannot roll-back or go forward, or application will not finish installing or allow uninstall. TIP: Once you get a copy of this MSI Cleanup, install it on one of your computers then in the Start Menu, find the shortcut’s Target and copy the entire folder to a memory stick. This program consists of two needed files, which will run fine stand-alone on a customer’s machine. No need to install.

    If the package is an MSI package, the MSI Clean-UP utility will show the app in its list. If the app does not show on the list, it is not an MSI installed program.

    To cleanup leftovers from an uninstall failure, you will need to remove Program Files\APPNAME, Application Data\APPNAME, HKLM\Software\APPNAME, HKCU\SoftwareAPPNAME, and use something like autoruns or HiJackThis to ensure it is not set to startup from anywhere.

  • jlsanderson says:

    Try RevoUninstaller. The best product for stubborn apps. Will automatically scan program folder and registry keys for removal.

    Ask me about any utility best suited for the job.

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