“Had installed Hotspot Shield earlier and uninstalled afterwards, but still cannot install other antivirus program which just prompts you to remove Hotspot Shield; The attached uninstall progress doesn’t work and also cannot find the Hotspot Shield on Control Panel…”---By numerous PC users.
Have you ever met such similar difficulties while you are uninstalling Hotspot Shield? Hotspot Shield is a well known antivirus program that has got a high reputation among many computer users, millions of broadband customer use its services to protect their computers from outside attackers. But due to some reasons, many people need to uninstall Hotspot Shield from their computers, and the difficulty to totally uninstall Hotspot Shield has made some people think that it is an impossible mission.
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Like other antivirus programs such as TheLetterEncrypter ,AtomicRobot Password and Link Manager ,Cascade Encryptor ,Tamalin Panther ,WinXAR ,Smartlock-A ,Hotspot Shield can’t be uninstalled easily and completely by the Windows Add/Remove Programs. You will definetly find that it would wast your much time to uninstall Hotspot Shield manually. If you decide to uninstall Hotspot Shield by asking the technicians in PC store, it is really not a good idea for you to spend the money for it. It is worthless! Let me tell you why it is so hard to uninstall Hotspot Shield. Two main reasons: 1. The original designer of Hotspot Shield makes it so difficult to be uninstalled in order to ask their customer keep using the software on the PC. You know, almost every application publisher will has his own business purpose. 2. Most of the PC users are not good at computer skill. They can handle the simple problems but not including the registry issue. To uninstall Hotspot Shield completely, you need to clean the leftover, related registry keys and registry entries of it, that is the most difficul part of uninstalling Hotspot Shield. If you delete the wrong folder in system disk or important registry list, you would make your PC system crash.
Theoretically, the Hotspot Shield removal could be achieved after finishing the last removing step, but the fact is just not the case, you still can find some stubborn files on it and not allow you to manually delete, which actually means the unsuccessful uninstallation.
(Completely remove the Hotspot Shield)
1. Open Task Manager, stop Hotspot Shield from running.
2. Click on the Start Menu button and then click on the Control Panel.
3. Click the Windows Add/Remove program.
4. A list of programs installed will be populated, this may take a bit of time.
5. In this list please find Hotspot Shield and select it by left-clicking once on it.
6. Then click on the Uninstall button to start the uninstall process for Hotspot Shield. A wizard should then open, which will guide you through the rest of the uninstall.
Note: When finishing the above four steps, you still need to do an additional job so that the complete removal can be achieve, that is to manually clean out those stubborn leftovers which include its install files and registry entries. But not all the users has the ability to fulfill the final manual removal process, because it is a high risky job do any modification in the Registry Editor which is a crucial part for the computer system, any removal error for those registry entries will probably cause the blue screen error or permanent system crash.
Tips: To uninstall Hotspot Shield compeltely, you still need to delete the related registry entries carfully.
Go to registry editor to get rid of Hotspot Shield registry keys and values:
Click on the START menu again and get in the Control Panel and then Folder Options then View and choose Show Hidden Files and Folders, delete the following folders:
(C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield )
(C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Hotspot Shield)
(C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\Hotspot Shield)
Sometimes, you may encounter some error messages during the uninstalling procession. It means some of the files of this application are missing or you don't have the permission to uninstall it manually.
In this case, you should use some third party uninstall tools to force uninstall programs you don't need any more. You can avoid such uninstall error message and finish the removal powerfully.
Step1: Free Download Hotspot Shield Uninstaller, install and run it.
Step2: Select the program you want to uninstall and click the “Uninstall” button.
Step3: Follow the uninstall wizard to completely uninstall the program.
Moreover, you can force uninstall Hotspot Shield or any other programs with this function of Mighty Uninstaller
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