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Hard drive failed - how to remove ghost links? (Win10)

exisexis Registered User regular
One of my hard drives failed. Not a huge disaster, as most of what was on there was applications, games etc. However, I'm having trouble tidying up behind it.

For example, Windows thinks Battle.net is still installed. If I try to remove it via Add or Remove programs, it actually launches the Battle.net uninstaller (which is weird, I guess that exists somewhere on my SSD), which promptly fails for obvious reasons. I'm not so concerned about individual applications, but I really don't want to leave fragments of application references around forever if I can avoid it. Even if I could somehow manually 'uninstall' these things, this wouldn't be a very practical solution as a) I don't have a way of listing everything that was on there, and b) it's going to be a hassle to hunt things down one by one. So I'm really looking for a big red button labelled "Fix everything please".

I tried running CCleaner to clean up the registry, which didn't seem to help at all. Surely this is a reasonably common problem - is there a standard solution for this sort of thing?

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  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    There's no "fix this" button, and anything that labels itself as one is probably malware in disguise. I'd download Revo Uninstaller and nuke the individual programs. It will launch each program's uninstaller, then search the registry and file structure for remnants and kill them for you.

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  • exisexis Registered User regular
    Shadowfire wrote: »
    There's no "fix this" button, and anything that labels itself as one is probably malware in disguise. I'd download Revo Uninstaller and nuke the individual programs. It will launch each program's uninstaller, then search the registry and file structure for remnants and kill them for you.

    Will do, thanks :)

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