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Inclusa
2013-Jun-27, 06:40 AM
CD/DVD for media or data storage is rapidly becoming history, although most stores still sell these.
The advent of USB drives have largely rendered CD/DVD roms obsolete; hehehe, I still listen to music CD (authentic copies most of the time).
Unfortunately, Nero is often pre-installed onto new computers, and the Add/Remove function doesn't work.
(I tried to uninstall with Advanced Uninstaller Pro; it does its job for Winlocker Suite, but it failed against McAfee and Norton, which need their special removal tools.)
Advanced Uninstaller Pro is a good but not great tool.
Another thought is replacing Adoble Reader with Foxit or Evince.
Someone can call it "Linux legacy".....

Hlafordlaes
2013-Jun-27, 02:02 PM
Always create a restore point, then:

Try this tool (http://www.nero.com/enu/tools-utilities.html) for removing Nero. Brings back unfond memories of 2004-5, when I still used optical media a lot. You can also try Revo Uninstaller (http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html), which is fairly good. Afterwards, you can use CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner) to remove a little more junk from the registry. That's all that's needed, but if you are a bit OCD with your system, as I am, you might go a bit more aggressive and use Wise Registry Cleaner (http://www.wisecleaner.com/wiseregistrycleanerfree.html). I strongly suggest against using other cleaners at all, since most can do serious harm.

I keep Adobe software off my system as much as possible, though Flash is a must. For pdfs, I use Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/), and also set it as my default system printer.

In general, given your frequent questions re PC stuff, might I recommend SlimDrivers (http://www.driverupdate.net/) for driver maintenance, and SlimComputer (http://www.slimcomputer.com/) for some other stuff. File Hippo's software updater (http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/)is also good. Taken together, these will help keep you up to date, together with Qualys BrowserCheck (https://browsercheck.qualys.com/).

JustAFriend
2013-Jun-27, 03:14 PM
Why remove it? You may actually need to make a disc sometime.

Programs don't affect your computer if they're not running.
Unless you have some obsession to clean up your Start button, just ignore it.

Inclusa
2013-Jun-28, 05:54 AM
Thank you; still, I'm considering removing that Skype thing-it contains so many ads!

HenrikOlsen
2013-Jun-28, 09:58 AM
Why remove it? You may actually need to make a disc sometime.

Programs don't affect your computer if they're not running.
Unless you have some obsession to clean up your Start button, just ignore it.
The problem is those programs that have a launcher/updater that's always running and wasting memory, it seems like that's the common way to do it these days.