Uninstalling Programs Not in the List of Installed Programs

Uninstall programs

So you’ve tried out a program and don’t think much of it. Or it’s a program you just don’t use any more. You go to uninstall it, either with its own uninstaller or in Windows 7 via Windows orb, Control Panel, Programs and Features and neither option works. Either it has no uninstaller or it doesn’t appear under Uninstall or change a program. What next?

Well, it may possibly be a portable app that didn’t install in the first place, but just runs by clicking an exe file or a shortcut to it. It won’t show up in the list of programs so in this case, just delete the program and its folder. But what about installed programs not appearing in the list of programs? I’ve come across this problem recently with SUMo, a software updater. I found that SUMo didn’t correctly read the version of some of my installed programs. In addition, SUMO was not recommended on Windows Secrets recently. So I wanted it off my system rather than taking up unwanted disk space… but it wasn’t anywhere to be found in the list of installed programs.

What about using Revo Uninstaller I hear you suggest? Well, I have the free version already installed but still SUMo didn’t appear in their list of programs to uninstall. But wait, you actually weren’t too wide of the mark. After searching around online for a while, I came across a suggestion to use Hunter Mode in Revo Uninstaller. Aha! I’d seen Run Hunter Mode in the Revo program folder and ignored it because I didn’t know what it did! So I tried it and yes, it worked.

Using Revo’s Hunter Mode

First download and install the free version of Revo Uninstaller if it’s not already on your system.

Create a system restore point just in case the uninstall causes problems and you have to roll things back. I like to use Quick Restore Maker.

Open the program you want to uninstall, then in Windows 7 click the Windows orb, All Programs, scroll to the Revo Uninstaller folder, and click Run Hunter Mode. A blue crosshair display will appear toward the top right of the screen.

Revo Uninstaller1

Drag and drop the crosshairs over the window of the program you want to uninstall, then select Uninstall from the options menu that appears. You can now select an uninstall mode from Built-in through to Advanced depending on how thorough you want the uninstall to be.

Revo Uninstaller2

I chose ‘Safe’ and the program seemed to uninstall without creating any issues that required a system roll-back. A week on and everything is still fine.

So if you want to uninstall any applications that don’t appear on the list of installed program, Revo’s Hunter Mode seems to be able to uninstall them without any issues.

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