There are programs that are installed in your computers without you knowing it. It might be part of other programs you installed which you approved of or it could be part of a malicious program that you’ve downloaded accidentally. These programs could get annoying because some of them may slow down your computer. The first thing that one should do to get rid of unwanted programs is to find out why those programs got installed in the computer.
Here are some examples of unwanted programs and how they are installed in your computer.
Programs that are bundled with your computer
There are programs that are already in your system when you bought your computer. If you buy a branded computer system, the manufacturer has already installed programs in your computer. They are not really harmful but it might not be useful to you. Some of them are for trial periods and expires after a while.
There are applications that are part of bundled software. You could choose to include this component or not by clicking its box during installation of the application.
Add-ons and enhancements
There are applications that come with a program either as an enhancement or add-on. They are not really part of the program. They are optional components that you could take out without affecting the performance of the program.
Adware or spyware programs
There many ways to get these programs. They are sometimes included in freeware or shareware programs that you’ve installed in your computer. They sometime infect the system causing it to slow down, freeze your computer or crash.
How to get rid of the unwanted program? There are many effective ways to successfully remove unwanted programs in you computer. Once you know how the unwanted program gets into your computer the next step is fast and easy.
Windows add/remove program feature
Windows has an uninstall feature. You can find that feature in the control panel or in the left side of the window when you open My Computer. Click add/remove program. Wait for the list of programs to load. Look for the unwanted program in the list and click change/remove. Sometimes the program will automatically uninstall. There are times when an uninstall window will appear. Just follow the instruction.
Uninstall using the uninstaller that comes with the program
Some applications come with separate uninstaller. You could see that uninstaller in the folder where the program was installed. If the uninstaller is not there, you could search the internet for the program uninstaller. There are programs that put an uninstaller shortcut in the start menu. Go to start menu and look for the program you want to uninstall. The uninstall shortcut is usually located below the program shortcut.
Program add-ons, toolbars and plug-ins are removed effectively using this method. The tool and help option is located in the task bar. You can remove plug-ins and add-ons by following the instructions.
These programs are sometimes difficult to remove. You need to search and download a spyware detection and removal tool to get rid of them. Look for the best antispyware available in the internet. Some antispyware are free. If you are willing to buy an antispyware you have to look for a trusted vendor to avoid further problems.