I am running Windows 8.1. Yesterday my little sister downloaded and installed BitTorrent on my PC. I don’t want this software and go to Programs and Features to remove it. However, it doesn’t show up in the list of installed programs. Yet when I restart/turn on my computer bittorrent automatically launches. My computer hasn’t been acting strange (yet) but I just want the program gone. How can I get rid of it?
Do you have the same problem when uninstalling BitTorrent? If so, follow the removal instructions in this post to completely remove the unwanted program. Or you can download a professional uninstaller tool to perform a compete removal of the software now.
Information about the program
BitTorrent is a program developed by BitTorrent Inc., an Internet technology company based in San Francisco. It is also a peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol created by Bram Cohen, designed to distribute data in such a way that the original distributor would be able to decrease bandwidth usage while still being able to reach at least the same amount of people. Users can use it to download files (movies, games, documents, videos, MP3 music and other materials) and share them. It makes users’ downloading files fast. The software is compatible with multiple platforms, including all Windows operating systems, MAC and Android. It is available in both a free and a paid version.
Problems you may encounter when uninstalling BitTorrent:
- The program disappears from Start > All programs area.
- The program doesn’t appear in the list of installed programs.
- You can’t find any BitTorrent folder in the C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86).
- You get a window reading “you need permission to do that” when trying to delete the whole bitTorrent folder.
- The program is still on your PC after you have removed it by using Windows uninstaller.
Manually remove BitTorrent from your computer
Usually, the third-party applications can be removed from the computer via Windows uninstaller. If you no longer need the program, follow the guide below to remove it via Control Panel.
Click Start button > Control Panel > double click Add/Remove Programs.
A list of all installed programs will show up.
Find BitTorrent and select it, then click on Remove button.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the uninstallation.
Click on Start button > Control Panel > Programs and Features or Uninstall a program under Programs category depending on the View by: selected by you.
From the list of programs that are installed on your PC, find and highlight the program you want to remove.
Click on Uninstall button and follow the prompts to completely clear it.
Right click on Start button > select Programs and Features from the Power User menu.
All the installed programs will be displayed in the Programs and Features window.
Search for BitTorrent and click on it, then click on Uninstall button to get rid of it. Follow the prompts given to complete the uninstall.
- Press Windows key and click on Settings in the Start menu.
- Click on System in the Settings screen.
- Click on Apps &Features on the left side and all the installed programs will appear on the right side.
- Select the unwanted program and click on Uninstall button.
- A window will pop up soon and you need to click on Uninstall button to confirm it.
How to boot into safe mode?
In most cases, safe mode makes it easier to access your system without any bad programs getting in your way. You’d better remove all Removable disks, such as, CDs, Floppy disks, and USB drives, before starting PC in safe mode. This will make sure none of these attempts to boot the PC.
Start your computer by clicking on the power button (if it is already on, please restart it).
Then tap the F8 key repeatedly until you see the Advanced Boot Options screen where “Safe Mode” option is provided. (If Windows Splash screen shows up instead, you need to restart the PC and try again.)
Use the up and down arrow keys to choose Safe Mode and then press the Enter key.
Your Windows will start in Safe Mode.
This approach uses the System Configuration Tool, assuming that you can enter and boot up Microsoft Windows 8/10 normally.
Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard simultaneously to open the Run window.
Type msconfig in the Run text field and press Enter key or click on OK button.
Select the Boot tab in the System Configuration window and then check Safe boot checkbox with Minimal is selected under Boot options.
Click the OK button and restart your machine by clicking on Restart button when the following pop-up appears.
Your device will automatically boot into Safe Mode.
In safe mode, go to the Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs, and then find and remove BitTorrent.
Note: What if BitTorrent doesn’t appear in the installed programs list? Usually, this may be caused by a corruption somewhere in program. Try reinstalling it and see if it is listed there. If it still doesn’t work, you can manually delete the files and registry keys of the program to uninstall it.
However, deleting the registry keys incorrectly can cause serious problems that may prevent your computer from booting properly. If you don’t feel comfortable modifying the registry, use a professional uninstaller to help delete the program instead.
How to get rid of BitTorrent if it doesn’t show up on the uninstall list?
Warning: This approach is involved in modifying Windows Registry and deleting program files. Any incorrect deletion of registry keys or entries may lead to terrible consequences on your system. ONLY advanced computer users are advised to use registry editor to uninstall the unwanted program. If you have been ready for it, follow the steps below to perform the task.
1. Locate and delete the directory C:\Program Files\BitTorrent\ (substituting the actual location of your Program Files dir)
2. Open registry editor by typing regedit in the Run box or Search box and then clicking on the regedit in the search results.
Find and remove the following registry keys:
Note: Before deleting the registry, please make a backup of it so that you can restore the Windows registry easily in case something goes wrong. To do that, see How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.
Easily and completely remove BitTorrent by using Express Uninstaller (Recommended)
If the manual way fails, you can try Express Uninstaller – an excellent uninstaller tool that finds and removes all the traces of the unwanted program within a few clicks. It can forcibly uninstall the corrupted software that can’t be removed manually. If you don’t have much experience in removing software using registry editor, we strongly suggest you use Express Uninstaller when you have problem with uninstalling programs manually.
☑ Step 1: Download Express Uninstaller on your PC.
☑ Step 2: Run the downloaded file and follow the setup wizard on the screen to install it on the PC. When the setup has completed, click on Install to continue with the installation. Within seconds, the installation will finish. If you want to run the tool to find and remove the unwanted program right away, ensure the Launch Express Uninstaller is selected and the click on Finish button.
☑ Step 3: Once started, you will find all the currently installed programs are displayed under Uninstall. Find BitTorrent and click on Uninstall button at the lower right corner of the window. (As showed below)
☑ Step 4: A pop-up will appear asking if you are sure to uninstall that program. Ensure that you choose the one that you try to remove and click on Yes.
☑ Step 5: The tool will start to run the program’s uninstaller. Windows Programs and Features window will pop-up, find BitTorrent and click on Uninstall button. Follow the prompts to complete the removal. Once the program is uninstalled, click on OK.
☑ Step 6: Once the standard uninstall is completed, Express Uninstaller continue to scan your system for the leftover files and registry entries of the uninstalled program. This may take several seconds to finish.
☑ Step 7: When the scanning has completed, all the leftover items will be displayed. To completely clean up the junk files, click on Delete items button.
☑ Step 8: Express Uninstaller helps you uninstall the program from the PC free of charge. But to delete the leftover files and registry entries, you need to purchase Express Uninstaller. Then you can free up the hard disk space and enjoy an optimized PC.
What if BitTorrent doesn’t appear in the Programs and Features? If you can run the program’s uninstaller smoothly, Express Uninstaller will display the following message when you click on the Uninstall button. Click on Yes button and the tool will make a deep scan to find all the data the program left on your PC. When all the all the files and registry entries associated with the program you want to remove are detected, remove them completely and quickly with the registered version of Express Uninstaller with a few clicks.
Keep in mind that NEVER delete the registry entries of BitTorrent manually if you are not sure about it. Otherwise, your computer may be damaged permanently if any valid registry key is deleted wrongly.
With the steps above, BitTorrent should be removed from your machine. If you have trouble uninstalling other programs in the future, follow the guide in this post and the problem should be solved soon. If the software can’t be removed from the Control Panel but you feel it difficult to modify the registry, please download and install Express Uninstaller to remove BitTorrent quickly and safely.