Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6370 posts, RR: 30 Posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3770 times:
I've had this problem for a while now: when I go to control panel and select "Add or remove programs", a box comes up with "Please wait while the list is being populated . . . ", and then nothing. I thought maybe a virus had worked its way into my computer and was preventing me from removing a program, but . . . I had Windows reinstalled a couple of weeks ago, and now I find the same thing.
So, computer geeks around the world . . . what's going on here? And more importantly, how do I get rid of an unwanted program?
Thanks Oly, but no joy. Tried the "Start/run/type" option, but nothing happened, and the page of advice seems to cover every problem with adding or removing programs but mine. Your help much appreciated.
Don81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3713 times:
One sure fire way is to open you programs folder, and delete the folder containing the program.
You just have to be real careful some of the files in said folder aren't being used by other programs. ".dll" files are famous for being shared files...
I'll assume you tried using the program's uninstall feature.
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
Success! Thanks for that FLY2HMO. At a friend's request I had installed Yahoo! Messenger, and, despite being certain I unticked the "Download the Yahoo toolbar" box, it wormed its way onto my system. (Maybe they've cleverly configured it so that unticking the box actually downloads the toolbar.) The amount of pop-up tips and other unwanted intrusions meant it had to go, along with Messenger.
So many thanks one and all for taking the time and trouble to post here.