How to Manually Remove Programs From a Hard Drive

by Bennett Gavrish

Although most computer applications come with programs to remove software, you may find it necessary to manually remove certain programs from your hard drive. If an application is a threat to your computer's security or does not include a removal program, then you can log into your PC or Mac computer and manually get rid of it. Removing programs also frees up space on your computer's hard drive.

PC Instructions

Log into your PC computer with an administrator account.

Open the Start menu and click on "Control Panel."

Double-click on the "Add or Remove Programs" icon. This will open a list of all the applications currently installed on your hard drive.

Find the program you want to remove from your hard drive in the list and click on its name.

Click on the "Remove" button to the right of the program's name to manually delete it from your hard drive.

Mac Instructions

Log into your Mac computer with an administrator account.

Open a new Finder window by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

Navigate to the "Applications" folder on your hard drive and find the program that you want to manually remove.

Click on the program's icon and drag it to the Trash, which is located on the right side of the Dock at the bottom of the screen.

Go to the "Finder" menu at the top of the screen and select "Empty Trash." Once you confirm the decision, the program will be removed from your hard drive.

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About the Author

Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.