Posts Tagged ‘Uninstall’

How To Uninstall Flash Player Completely

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Just in case you want to ditch Flash for HTML5 …

The uninstallation of Flash Player can sometimes be problematic, and not as easy as clicking on the uninstall button. The first thing that Windows users should note for instance is that there are two versions of the Flash Player plugin available, one for Internet Explorer, the other for the remaining web browsers such as Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome.

If both Flash player versions are installed, both need to be uninstalled before Flash has been removed from the system. And then there is the Google Chrome web browser, which comes with a native Flash plugin installed and enabled by default, which again needs to be handled differently than the rest.


Uninstall Kaspersky URL Advisor From Firefox

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Here’s a neat trick for Firefox users …

Security companies these days often add extensions, plug-ins and add-ons to web browsers. The two big dogs Norton and Kaspersky do that for instance. Kaspersky adds the add-on Kaspersky URL Advisor to the Firefox web browser upon installation. As usual, those add-ons can be disabled but not uninstalled in the browser. The Uninstall button is grayed out in Firefox.

We have criticized the behavior in the past, that Firefox allows installations of add-ons, and plug-ins by the way, without the user’s consent. It probably would not be to difficulty to display a notification if a program tries to install an add-on to give the user the choice to allow or disallow the installation.


How To Uninstall Software In Windows Safe Mode

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This is news to me; it sounds like an incredibly helpful trick …

Safe Mode in Windows loads the operating system in a limited state, which can be helpful for troubleshooting and correcting PC issues. Many of the standard services and features of the Windows operating system are not available in safe mode, including the Windows Installer Service.

It is not possible to uninstall software in Safe Mode if the service is not running, that is highly problematic if a software is responsible for PC issues.

There is however an option to start the Windows Installer Service in Safe Mode, so that software can be uninstalled afterward.