Uninstall apps with CCleaner for Windows

CCleaner makes it easy to uninstall apps. This page explains this, plus how to perform this operation with the app. To skip to how to do this task, go to the How to uninstall, delete, or rename section further below. 

What is CCleaner's Uninstall tool?

It works like your operating system's own method for uninstalling programs but has some additional features and is easily find within CCleaner from Tools > Uninstall

CCleaner Professional, Tools, Uninstall window

How CCleaner makes it easy to uninstall programs:

CCleaner lets you see a list of your installed programs right away with minimal delay and gives you the option to delete entries in the Programs to Remove list (see screenshot). This is handy if a program hasn't been uninstalled from your computer correctly and still shows as a listed program on your system, etc., but deleting an entry is not the same as uninstalling a program.

How to uninstall, delete, or rename a program:

  1. In CCleaner, click the Tools icon at left.
  2. Click the Uninstall button if CCleaner does not automatically open to this function.
  3. In the Uninstall screen, select the name of the program you want to uninstall from the Programs to Remove list.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Click Uninstall to run the program's uninstaller.
    • Click Repair to run the repair routine in the program’s uninstaller. This is not available for all programs. (Typically, this will reinstall the software, but without necessarily losing your settings.)
    • Click Rename to give the program a new name (this will also affect the Windows Control Panel, but not the Start Menu, the program’s desktop icon, etc.)
    • Click Delete to remove the program's uninstall entry without uninstalling it. (This is recommended for advanced users only, for when a program has been removed but the uninstall entry remains.)

To save a list of all programs to a text file, click Save to text fileSee here for more information.

Note: If you can see a long list of installed programs in the relevant CCleaner screen, use the search box to find the ones you want. Click inside the search box and type a few letters. You can search by the name of a program or by the manufacturer. For example, typing OGG will return Special OGG Converter, and typing piri will return all available programs on the list published by Piriform.


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