| By Fred Langa |
When software publishers don’t play by the rules, it can be hard to identify some pieces of software.
If you don’t recognize some of the programs installed in your PC, here’s what to do.
Program names in uninstall ‘very cryptic’
Gianfranco Duina’s cleanup efforts were thwarted by missing information.
- “I want to clean my Win7 PC, unloading some programs. How can I know what programs correspond to the names that I find in the uninstall list in Control Panel? Most of them are very cryptic.
“I’ve attached some examples. I don’t know the purpose of the programs that I point out in the enclosed .jpg. My basic question: is there a way to know what these programs are and what they do?”
Figure 1. A few of reader Gianfranco’s unrecognized files, indicated here with hand-drawn arrows.
Normally in Win7, if you click once on any item in Control Panel’s uninstall list, you’ll see additional info about that program at the bottom of the dialog box (see Figure 2) — if the software publisher has included such info.