Uninstalling File Sharing Programs in Windows XP/Vista/7
Time to Complete (in minutes): 20
- How do I uninstall file sharing programs in Windows XP/Vista/7?
4Help recommends that you always use the Add/Remove Programs utility to uninstall registered programs, including file sharing programs. Failure to use this tool can cause problems with your operating system.
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To remove peer-to-peer (P2P) programs from your computer:
- Uninstall the P2P program(s) using the Add/Remove Programs utility. For instructions, refer to Uninstalling a Program in Windows XP/Vista/7 (http://answers.vt.edu/kb/entry/3346/).
Note: If your P2P client does not appear in the list of programs or does not uninstall properly, reinstall it and repeat the above instructions.
- If it exists, delete the P2P program(s) folder:
- Click the Start button.
- View the drives on your computer.
- In Windows XP, select My Computer.
- In Windows Vista/7, select Computer.
- Double-click the icon of the drive on which you installed the file sharing program.
- Double-click the Program Files folder icon.
Note: If you are running a 64-bit version of windows, double-click the Program Files (x86) folder icon instead. If the program for the P2P client is not in this folder, then repeat the steps as directed.
- Right-click the P2P client's program folder icon.
- From the drop-down list, select Delete.
- Click the Yes button.
- If prompted by a folder access denied window, click the Continue button.
- In Vista, click the Continue button.
- Close all windows.
- Remove any adware or spyware that the P2P program(s) may have installed on your computer. For more information, refer to Preventing, Detecting, and Removing Spyware (http://www.computing.vt.edu/content/preventing-detecting-and-removing-spyware).
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