How to delete orphan files

By bob.meyers ·
For a long time I haven't known how to delete files (from Windows Explorer) that have been left over from previous uninstalled programs. I uninstalled the most recent version of AVG AntiVirus software 2 weeks and wanted to get rid of all the other "AVG" stuff. This
incudes .dll, .exe, .txt, file folders, etc. I now have 100's of these files left over. They just won't delete because they are no longer associated with their parent file. RevUninstall and many other programs like that only uninstall and delete "programs" currently installed, not "individual files" left over from previous installs. Do you know of any programs, hopefully free, or methods that can "delete" all of the orphan files no longer associated with their parent files? I would greatly appreciate any help with this scenario!
Thanks very much,

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Have you tried using RIGHT CLICK with your mouse?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How to delete orphan file ...

For each of these orphan files, navigate to them and right click on them with your mouse.

Select 'Delete' from the drop-down menu, then click on it. Done.

If you have a group or orphan files collectively in a folder, right click on the folder and delete them all at the one time.

Occasionally a folder will refuse to delete with files inside it - in these cases just open the folder and delete the files, then delete the folder.

To save time when you have a lot of files to delete in one folder, click on one file then PRESS & HOLD DOWN the Left Shift Key then click on another file further down the list. You'll then highlight multiple files at the same time. Then delete them all sequentially.


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This may be what you are looking for:

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to How to delete orphan file ...


It found orphaned files on a system I worked on and made it easy to remove them.

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Well I may not be helping you here at all but

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to delete orphan file ...

Iolo System Mechanic can do this But you need to know what it is you are doing or you can do damage tot he OS and be required to reinstall it afterwards. Though just removing Orphaned Files will not do any harm but Do Not rush in and remove Duplicate Files as not all are actually a Duplicate.

You can get a Trial Version of System Mechanic from here to use for 30 Days it is fully Functional so be careful.

I would advise against using the Trial Version of System Mechanic Pro as the only difference is it has a AV Program associated with it that can cause problems if used when not required.


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Mmm - I must be missing something here ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Well I may not be helping ...

What makes it necessary for users to resort to using a utility program, just to delete the detritis that's left behind after an uninstall?

Enlighten me ...

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I don't see them now

by bob.meyers In reply to How to delete orphan file ...

I did the right click method right after I was told they couldn't be removed/deleted. After doing a search for the AVG orphaned files a couple days later, though, it found none of them. I'm not sure what happened, but I plan to search for them again over the weekend. I had recently done a CC Cleaner scan & remove, and have emptied the recycle bin. Maybe that had something to do with all the files disappearance. I'm still not convinced they're all gone!? I'll confirm this weekend. Thanks for all the input/suggestions. But I just know there must be a solid method out there for removal of orphaned files - other than reinstall and remove the initial program, or a drastic measure of reformatting?!?!

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