How to Uninstall Corrupted Programs
Submitted by Launie Sorrels
In The Beginning
When a program becomes corrupt there is a chance that the normal uninstall procedures will not work correctly. A corrupt program is not necessarily a dead program. Many times a simple reinstallation of the program will bring it back from the dead. If this does not help, the user must perform the uninstall manually. This can be a bit of an arduous task, but it may be the only way to get the program off your system.
The Main Steps
Right-click the application’s shortcut and select the “Properties” option from the drop-down menu. The shortcut may be on the desktop or in the Start menu.
Write down the path name located in the \"Target\" text box. This is where the program’s executable is, which is the file that starts the program. Using Windows Explorer, go to the folder that contains the executable file, and delete the folder it is contained in. Now that the main data is gone you need to verify if the program is in your Windows startup.
Click on “Start,” select \"Run\" and type “msconfig.” The System Configuration window will open.
Click the “Startup” tab. Locate the entry that has your corrupted program’s name in it. Uncheck the box next to the program name.
Click the “OK” button. This stops the program from starting when Windows boots up.
Click “Start.” Type “regedit.” The Registry Editor will open.
Follow the following path: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\Applications and look for the folder that contains the name of the corrupted program.
Right-click the folder and select the “Delete” option. Close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer


  • Before removing the application it may be easier to perform a reinstall. If that fails, then attempt to remove the program.
  • The registry can be a dangerous place for novice users. Follow the above instructions carefully. Deleting the wrong object from the registry can cause programs not to start and/or Windows not to boot.

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