CCleaner Browser: How to Uninstall it when the uninstaller fails

How to Uninstall CCleaner Browser

(when the uninstaller fails.)

Recently I had the need to do a little cleanup on my computer. So I went to a trusty old tool I used to use called CCleaner. To my surprise It started installing a browser that I did not want on my PC. I noticed the little check mark after I clicked next (sneaky)

I Immediately regretted this install

I pretty much ended my use and future use for this software at this point, and immediately uninstalled it.

When I tried to uninstall the companion software (CCleaner Browser) (PUP aka Potentially Unwanted Program) the uninstaller program just did nothing,

Searching Online proved to be useless.

Simply put, all the “How To” articles tell me to “Run the Uninstaller”. Yeah no kidding Sherlock, what happens when the uninstaller gives no error, and no output. Even running from Command Prompt results in No output, or errors.

Regedit search to the rescue.

Ok, here’s the down and dirty way I uninstalled it.

Searching the registry for the uninstaller filename (ccleaneruninstall.exe). I came across a reference to an old legacy un-installer lcoated in the following folder. “C:\Program Files (x86)\CCleaner Browser\Application\\Installer\

It had a command to un-install the app that read like this

“C:\Program Files (x86)\CCleaner Browser\Application\\Installer\setup.exe” –uninstall –system-level

Simply opening a CMD as Administrator, and pasting this exactly (Including the “quotes around the filename”) into the prompt launched an alternative uninstaller that seems (so far) to have done the trick.

running without the quotes may do the trick as well, but I’m not about to install it again to find out.

Reasons why I started disliking CCleaner after today

Upon research of this issue, I came across some info about CCleaner that makes me want to steer clear now.

These are some very compelling arguments for NOT using Ccleaner. However there is no need to find an alternative just yet. If you are on Windows 10, a lot of the stuff CCleaner used to do is now built into Windows.

At this point I am no longer using or recommending CCleaner anymore to cleanup the small things in Windows.

In case you scrolled right to the bottom to find the uninstall method, try this link to move back up.

4 thoughts on “CCleaner Browser: How to Uninstall it when the uninstaller fails

  1. Alessandro Reply

    Hello my name is Alessandro and i’m writing from italy.
    Recently i’ve installed ccleaner and happened exactly you describe up.
    I had problems in the past with Avast and i understood a lot when i knew from you that is the actually owner of ccleaner.
    I hate this subjects and their dirty way to introduce in the other’s privacy.
    I tried to follow your instruction but i cannot translate exactly your words from english and i didn’t find that reference you speak about:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\CCleaner Browser\Application\\Installer\”.
    I have a folder in C:\Program Files\CCleaner Browser > Update > 1.8.1067.0 > CCleanerBrowserCrashHandler.exe.
    I couldn’t remove.
    Can you give me more help?
    Sorry for my english, thank you very much

  2. tami Reply

    navigate to c:\programs\ccleaner\ uninstall.exe then right-click and execute as admin … thats it.

  3. Free Stuff Reply

    I appreciate, cause I found exactly what I was looking for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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