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    Incomplete uninstall?

    I uninstalled a trial version of an adblocker a couple months ago but kept getting errors in Event Viewer referring to it so finally went on a hunt through my computer & found a couple folders in Programs (x86). Can I just delete those folders & be done with it?

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    Have you tried using CCleaner to find the leftovers. Whenever I uninstall anything I then check in the Registry portion of CCleaner for any leftovers to that app.
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    I won't touch anything 'Registry', I don't know enough about computers to be able to fix something that goes goofy.

    However, friend of mine did delete the contents of Prefetch & he also did the CCleaner Registry 2 wks ago but it's been since that I found those folders.

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    Windows probably expects to find the software but the files have been removed. The details Windows uses are contained in the Registry, so Medico's advice is your best option.

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    As I said in my reply to Ted, my friend 'did' the CCleaner Registry clean but the folders are still there. Is it because all that was deleted from both Prefetch & CC Reg. clean is still sitting in my Recycle Bin? I've left it there 'just in case' there was a problem with my PC due to deletion of prefetch files. Am enclosing shot of folders.

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    Un-install won't remove files it didn't create. If the program put files in quarantine they will remain until you delete them manually.
    Some programmers do include a proper clean up routine in their software, lots don't.

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    So the short answer is 'yes, it's safe to just delete those 3 folders'?

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    The short answer is "probably".

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    To expand on Paul's reply, if you have uninstalled the underlying program, then any folders left behind are orphans that are not related to any other program and, thus, safe to delete. If they are being used by another program, Windows will let you know when you try to delete them and won't allow you to. Also, the uninstall routine should have told you if any files where "shared" and asked if you wanted to remove them or not.
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    As good as it is, CCleaner will miss some registry details. When I have problems doing a complete uninstall, I first look for any left over folders. They could be in "Programs" or tucked a way in "Documents and Folders". After deleting them, I run "Registrar Registry Manager' - freebee from Resplendence - and search for left-over registry entries. This program is fantastic. It will find whatever has been left behind, and you can then safely remove the bits. Eg. Norton is one of the hardest programs to completely remove. It tucks files away in at least three places on the hdd, and, even using the Norton uninstaller, will leave more than 1 hundred bits in the registry. Registrar Manager found all of them. Can highly recommend even for a novice.

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    Next time use e.g. Iobit Uninstaller. It will remove the leftover.

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    Me, I would delete them.

    If it really scares me, I would first rename the folders (especially since they are orphans apparently) and use the computer as normal for the next week or so. If anything in them is important, you'll know it by then, and rename them back to the original names ... just putting xxx's in front of the existing name should be sufficient for the rename.

    But then again, that would be MY call ... for me.

    I have used the paid version of http://www.ursoftware.com/ and have been completely happy with the way it uninstalls software ... All my uninstallations are done with it.
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    Revouminstaller free version or paid does a really good job of uninstalling and if choose advanced uninstall will run the programs normal uninstall routine then you can tell it to look for leftovers. The good thing with Revo is lists all things it finds so you can check before ticking remove all or only some of what it finds.
    I personally just tell it to delete all and have never had a sigle problem. It also has an option to force uninstall where the uninstall routine for the program is missing or corrupt.
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    You could go ahead and delete those folders. But don't empty your recycle bin till you have checked for a few days that nothing is broken as you can right click the files in RB and choose restore if problems occur.. If want could copy all the folders to a memory stick noting the locations they were placed. then if problems copy them back to their original places
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    As long as it's x86, the program and anything Windows might be tripped up by should be gone after a Level 4 Revo Uninstaller complete run. For 64-bit Programs, Revo Pro (paid) might be needed.

    As for the present situation, I agree -- delete but keep the Recycle Bin copies for awhile.
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