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There is a program that is already removed from the computer, but I can still see it on the Add/Remove Programs list.

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There are program(s) that are already supposed to be removed from my computer, but I can still see it on my [Add/Remove Programs] list in control panel. How do I get rid of these?

Removing Invalid Entries in the Add/Remove Programs Tool by opening up REGEDIT and removing entries at the following ->
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

For the technically declined:

1.) Click on Start.
2.) Click on Run.
3.) Type in: REGEDIT, then click on OK.
4.) You see a new window open up called Registry Editor. On the left are folders that hold your Registry information. These folders work much like the folders on your C:\ Drive. You want to go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall You must navigate your Registry Editor to that place and delete the necessary entries you want removed from the Add/Remove Programs list.
5.) If I were to do this I would do the following:
(A) -> Double click on the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE on the left menu.
(B) -> Next, now I would double click on the SOFTWARE folder.
(C) -> Next, double click on Microsoft then the same thing for Windows.
(D) -> When you get to CurrentVersion of these instructions, please keep in mind that CurrentVersion means exactly that: (The version of windows you are using like Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 98, NT). So this next step can look like something else depending on what Microsoft Windows version you currently have installed on your computer.
(E) -> Once you made it this far you should see folders with names of programs that have been installed on your computer. Now I don't recommend just deleting everything you don't notice or recognize for the simple fact that you could be deleting things you use on a day to day basis but they may run under a different name other than the one you may be more familiar with. Just skim though and right click on folders you know for sure were removed by you though Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs list.

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