How to Uninstall Malware Programs Using "Add/Remove Programs" Tool

The instructions below describe how to manually remove malicious programs using the Windows "Add/Remove Programs" tool. It is recommended that before uninstalling malicious programs that you back up your computer (or sensitive applications or documents) before removing any software from your hard drive. Check for programs that you don't remember installing, or are related to the program you found on the System Tray. Be careful not to remove system files or patches! Keep in mind that some malicious parasites do not come with an uninstall program, therefore the malware program will not appear in the "Add/Remove Programs" panel.

To uninstall a malware program, you must do the following:

Note: This process is NOT 100% effective. It is likely that malicious files or folders still remain in your PC after manual removal. To prevent further infection, please use this spyware detection tool as an automatic solution.

For Windows XP in the default XP view

  1. Click on the Windows "Start" button and click on the "Control Panel".
  2. In the "Control Panel" window, double-click "Add/Remove Programs" icon.
  3. When the "Add/Remove Programs" window has fully populated, locate the malware program you wish to uninstall in the list of currently installed programs.
  4. Click on the entry to select it, and then click the "Add/Remove" or "Change/Remove" button.
  5. To finish the removal process, just follow the simple instructions in the wizard screen that comes up.

Once you've completed the removal process, it's recommended that you reboot your computer and go back to the "Add/Remove Programs" to check whether the malicious program is still present.

For Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, and XP in the classic view

  1. Click on the Windows "Start" button, select
    "Settings", and then click on the "Control Panel".
  2. In the "Control Panel" window, double-click "Add/Remove Programs" icon.
  3. When the "Add/Remove Programs" window has fully populated, locate the malware program you wish to uninstall in the list of currently installed programs.
  4. Click on the entry to select it, and then click the "Add/Remove" or "Change/Remove" button.
  5. To finish the removal process, just follow the simple instructions in the wizard screen that comes up.

Once you've completed the removal process, it's recommended that you reboot your computer and go back to the "Add/Remove Programs" to check whether the malicious program is still present.

Posted: September 27, 2005
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