PC Doctor is a software program often installed by computer manufacturers and retailers ostensibly to cut down on the number of service calls from consumers. It is essentially a diagnostic module that can detect some computer problems and hopefully coach owners through DIY repairs. If, for whatever reason, you wish to remove this program from your computer, you can do so without affecting performance--in some cases, removing PC Doctor can actually improve the speed of your computer.
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Click "Start," "Control Panel," and "Add/Remove Programs," and let the list of programs load on your computer. Do this if you just want to remove the major parts of PC Doctor. While "Add/Remove Programs" is sufficient to remove most of PC Doctor, it will not remove all of the program: some "crumbs" will be left behind.
Find the entry for PC Doctor in the "Add/Remove Programs" list. Click to highlight it and select "Uninstall." In the next screen, choose "Remove" as the option, rather than "Repair" or "Modify."
Allow "Add/Remove Programs" to remove the program, clicking "Yes," and "Next" as the various dialogue pop-up screens appear. Click "Finish" when the program is completed.
Reboot your machine to completely remove the PC Doctor entry from the list and your desktop icons. Remember that some bits and pieces of PC Doctor may still remain behind.
The Add/Remove Programs Method
If you want to remove every trace of the PC Doctor program, you will need to download a special free software removal tool such as Revo Uninstaller. Revo Uninstaller removes programs from even the deepest crevices of the Windows Registry, something that the Windows "Add/Remove Programs" tool can't do.
Download Revo Unistaller and install the program on your computer. Allow the program to open immediately at the end of installation.
Wait as Revo loads the icons for all the software titles found on your computer. Do not be surprised if this list is longer than the Windows "Add/Remove Programs" list: Revo is more thorough. Locate the icon for PC Doctor and click on it. Choose the "Uninstall" tool in the Revo toolbar and click on it. Select the "Advanced" removal option and then click "Next."
Step through the Revo removal process screens, confirming, if asked, that you want to completely remove PC Doctor from your computer. The process will ultimately land on a page that shows a Windows Registry tree, with a listing of all the places on your hard drive where the PC Doctor program has placed registry entries. Click in the topmost box and select "Delete." All of these entries will now be erased from your Registry. Click "Next."
Click "Select All" if you are next shown a subsidiary list of PC Doctor files still found on your computer. Click "Delete All" to remove these files and then click "Finish" and exit the program. Absolutely no trace of PC Doctor will be left on your hard drive.
The Revo Uninstaller Method
Tips and warnings
- Use Revo Uninstaller especially if you are trying to remove PC Doctor, or some other software title, for the purpose of reinstalling a newer version of the same software title. Because Revo "gets it all," you will have more success in downloading a fresh copy of the software you want, compared to Windows "Add/Remove Programs," which leaves telltale traces of the program behind in the Registry. When the software installation program senses these registry traces, it may deny you a new download or other problems can occur.
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