uTorrent is the most popular BitTorrent download manager used for file sharing between users. While it’s perfectly safe to use on your devices, the application features suspicious adware and annoying advertising, which is why many users choose to uninstall it. The other reason is although uTorrent is known for its ability to share large-sized files quickly and efficiently. The controversy surrounding the legality of its peer-to-peer sharing of files makes the program questionable. Due to this poor reputation (not to mention its ability to negatively impact the performance of your machine). You may opt to uninstall it too. Here’s how.
uTorrent sometimes features a built-in uninstaller in its file folder. So, the first thing you want to do is check to see if you can open the program folder.
Next, find out if there’s an uninstaller extension. If there is, give it a double click to get it into action. Then, just let it do its thing.
If you can’t find an uninstaller, however, you still have three other options to remove the torrent client from your machine. Plus, you can either remove the software and its associated files manually using Windows tools, or by using a third-party uninstaller software.
The most straightforward method for removing programs like uTorrent is manually. But it’s not just deleting a folder, you also have to get all the hidden folders during the uninstallation process.
- To do that, you’ll need to use the Search option.
- First, type in File Explorer Options into the search field, then press Enter.
- Next, select the View tab.
- Then, click on the box that says, Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
- Finally, choose Apply.
- The easiest way to do that is to right-click on the desktop shortcut. Then, choose Open file location.
- Another way is to go to AppData by pressing Win+R. In the search bar, type Appdata. Then press Enter. A window will open with several folders. Look for one named, Roaming. Open it and look for the folder containing the uTorrent installer.
- The third way to locate the program folder is to use the search bar on the bottom left-hand side of your laptop screen. Type, uTorrent into the search field and a pop-up window will appear. Next, click Open file location, and the folder will open up in a new window.
Simply click once on the folder to highlight it, then delete it.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean that all the files have been removed. You’ll still need to locate files that have been left behind and remove them as well.
When you remove any program from your PC, the most efficient Windows tool to use is Apps & Features, which is actually the default uninstaller method in Windows 10.
To find it, you’ll need to type Apps & Features into the search taskbar. Then, locate the program from the app list and click Apps & Features once you find it.
A drop-down menu will open up giving you two options: Modify and Uninstall. Click Uninstall, and you’re all set!
If you don’t have Windows 10 or you prefer going with a more basic technique, use the Programs and Features option, which we’ll explain below.
First, open the Control Panel, then click Uninstall a program. Next, locate uTorrent in the list and click it once to highlight it.
Then, select the Uninstall option in the taskbar above. You can also right-click on the program name, and a small pop-up menu will appear. Finally, choose the Uninstall option.
This step is where you wait for the process to fully remove all the files from your system. When you get the confirmation that it’s all complete, uTorrent has been uninstalled!
Relying on special software to remove uTorrent is probably the best way to ensure that the program and all leftover files are completely gone from your PC. What these tools do is perform a user-friendly, quick Windows Registry optimization for complete removal of a program, including residual files.
There are several good options to choose from, depending on which platform you’re using and whether you want a free or paid tool.
In addition, most of these tools may offer more features, such as an MS Office cleaner tool, a drive booster, and a recovery tool in case you delete the wrong folder or program by mistake.
Uninstalling uTorrent from your Mac is a bit more straightforward compared to Windows. Follow these steps to successfully remove the torrent client and all its files.
To ensure a smooth, no-hassle uninstallation, you need to shut down the uTorrent program and terminate all its processes.
First, click on the Go tab at the top of the Finder menu. Then, select the Utilities option from the drop-down menu.
In the Utilities folder, look for the Activity Monitor icon and double-click it. It’ll open up a window showing all the processes working in the system background.
Find the uTorrent process and click on the X to close the application. You’ll get an alert message that says, Are you sure you want to quit this process?
You can either select Quit or Force Quit. Either way guarantees that uTorrent is no longer working in the background.
Click on the Go tab, then choose Applications. Look for the uTorrent icon, right-click it and select Move to Trash.
You can also simply drag the icon to the Trash. Just make sure you go back and remove any files that might have gotten left behind.
To locate any invalid files, click on the Go tab. Then choose, Go to Folder. In the search bar that appears, type, /Library.
In the window that appears, you’ll need to locate three folders: Caches, Preferences, and Application Support.
Look into each one for any invalid elements left behind by uTorrent and delete them.
Empty the Trash to rid your Mac of all uTorrent files. Then the final step is to restart your Mac to ensure that the changes you’ve made have taken effect and that the torrent client is no longer residing on your Mac.