Sharon asks how she can uninstall a program that is not listed in Control Panel / Remove programs
I downloaded Digital Lifeboat as a beta member and have a free lifetime subscription. I am currently wanting to uninstall it as it seems to be slowing down my computer. According to their directions I can uninstall on Add and Remove Programs, but it is not listed there. They told me how to stop it but it will start up again at the next reboot. Do you have any idea how to uninstall if needed? Thanks!
This is a good question, Sharon. This seems to happen a lot on all versions of Windows: You install a program and you use it for several weeks or months and then you decide to uninstall it. But somewhere during the time you were using it, strange things were going on in the nether regions of Windows. Most of the time it’s not the fault of the program you’ve installed – it’s another of those annoying Windows things that drive us all crazy from time to time. While Windows has gotten more stable and consistent since the old days of 95, 98, and ME, it still suffers from Microsoftitis – that’s a disease that could be eradicated or at least reduced if Microsoft wasn’t always in such a rush to get its newest version to market.
OK time to try to help you solve your problem. There are two thing you can try:
1. You can reinstall the program. Yes, this sounds silly and doesn’t make a lot of sense but it works. The reason why the program isn’t found in Control Panel is because its uninstall file has turned up missing or Windows can’t find it. If you reinstall the program it will put the uninstall file back and then it will be listed in the Remove Programs section of Control Panel/Programs. As soon as you reinstall the program, go to Control Panel, Programs, Remove Programs (on Vista and 7) or Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP, and uninstall the programs. You can also look in the folder in which the program is installed (usually in Program Files) and look for a file called uninstall.exe, unwise.exe, uninstaller.exe, etc. This can be tricky though because different programs use different uninstaller file names and it’s probably best not to be clicking on executables unless you know what you’re clicking/
2. You can download and install Revo Uninstaller (the free version works great). Once you install Revo, run it and it will scan your system and display a list of all programs on your computer. Be careful when you are downloading Revo Uninstaller – there’s a trial version which is free to download, but not free to use beyond the trial period. Be sure you download the freeware version which never expires. You can get the free version of Revo Uninstaller from here.