Tip of the week: How to delete unwanted programs

November 4, 2016

The latest version of Kaspersky Internet Security can block the installation of unwanted programs — and remove software that has already sneaked onto your system. It analyzes the list of installed programs and detects unwanted, problem-plagued software.

Tip of the week: How to delete unwanted programs

Programs are rated by their behavior. Trying to scare users into downloading something unnecessary or dangerous — “Alert! Your computer is infected with Super Worm! Click here NOW to buy Windows Antivirus!” — gets a program onto the “misbehaving” list. Other common offenses include secretly installing other software, refusing to close, and showing pop-ups without users’ permission. Programs that hide themselves from the uninstall list also receive penalty points.

Software that has critical vulnerabilities, and whose developers have let known bugs go, will also be recommended for removal. Software vulnerabilities are quite serious; such programs put your whole system at risk.

To scan your system for misbehaving programs and generate a list of unwanted software, follow these directions.

1. Open Kaspersky Internet Security. Choose More functions —> Software Cleaner.

2. Start the analysis of installed applications.

Tip of the week: How to delete unwanted programs

3. Click the link near the triangle icon with the exclamation mark to view the list of detected software. Each name in the list will have an explanation of why the program is considered undesirable.

Tip of the week: How to delete unwanted programs

4. You can uninstall the flagged software — or, if you like a program and want to keep it, click the Hide button to add it to the exception list.

Tip of the week: How to delete unwanted programs

You can read more about software removal in our Knowledge Base.