Organise your Programs and Apps

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Download softwareOver time your PC, laptop, tablet or phone can get clogged up with unwanted programs and apps.

We all download or install things either for a one-off use or just to see what they are like and then leave them sitting there.

Although these days most modern systems have ample hard disk space to cope with having these items lying around, some can eat up your system resources and slow down your system by running in the background.

So how can you tidy up your PC, laptop, tablet or phone and get rid of unwanted programs? There’s a few simple steps but do be careful and remember that if in any doubt as to what a program is or does, consult an expert before removing it!

Add or remove programsPC, Laptop or Windows 8 Tablet

Whether you are running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 the process for viewing and removing programs is done via Control Panel. In Windows 7 this can be found in the Start Menu, in Windows 8/8.1 search for Control Panel. Within there you will find a Programs and Features option.

Open this and it will populate with a list of all the items installed on your device. Look down the list for any programs you know you no longer need. Look out for toolbars or clean-up tools that may have been installed accidently with other programs, printer and scanner software for devices you no longer have etc.

To remove a program, highlight it and click uninstall. Wait for the software to run its uninstall process. It may need to reboot afterwards to complete the uninstallation but you don’t have to do this after every item, work your way down the list and then remember to reboot at the end. You can only uninstall one item at a time and be patient – some items can take a little while and may appear not to be doing anything!

iPhonePhone or Other Tablet

Removing Apps from a phone can be done I a similar way. On the iPhone, simply press and hold on an App’s icon. They will start to move and a cross will appear in the corner of each. Click the cross to remove that App. When finished, press the on/off button to go back to the main screen.

Windows phones are similar, tap and hold the icon then select uninstall.

On an Android device, Visit your device’s Settings menu > Apps or Application manager (this may differ depending on your device). Touch the app you’d like to uninstall, select Uninstall.

Mac App folderMAC

Generally, removal of applications from the Mac OS X is a simple process.

Navigate to the Applications folder and you will see icons for all your installed programs. Simply drag the unwanted program’s icon to the Trash bin to start the uninstall process.

Occasionally, some remnants of a program may remain in the Library folders, one is in the top level of your hard drive, the other is within the Home folder. You will need to search through these folders to find anything related to the program or vendor of the item you are uninstalling. Be careful as there may be similar programs installed which you don’t want to get rid of!

If your device is running slowly and removing unwanted programs, apps and files hasn’t helped we offer a clean up and update service. Click here for more details.

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