Remove peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs

Remove peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs

The University of Delaware recommends that you uninstall ALL peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs from your computer. Examples of P2P programs include Limewire, Bit Comet, Vuze, Transmission, uTorrent, and Deluge. If you have these or any other P2P or file sharing programs installed on your computer, remove them immediately using the guides below.

Use the Programs and Features window in the Control Panel to remove (uninstall) these programs – just as you would remove any program from your Windows system.
  1. Turn off all file-sharing programs and all of their components.
  2. Go to your computer’s Control Panel. You can go to it from your computer's Start menu.
  3. Double click on the Programs and Features icon.
  4. Locate the P2P software you are removing on the list of installed programs.
  5. Click once to highlight the software.
  6. At the top of the list of programs, select Uninstall.

    Follow the prompts on the screen to completely remove the software and its components.

    Some peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have companion programs that are not automatically removed. If you have more than one program to remove, click No if prompted to reboot your computer. Then repeat these steps until you have removed all file sharing programs.

  7. Make sure you reboot the system when you are finished.
Use the Programs window in the Control Panel to remove (uninstall) these programs – just as you would remove any program from your Windows system.
  1. Turn off all file-sharing programs and all of their components.
  2. Go to your computer’s Control Panel. You can go to it from your computer's Start logo.
  3. Double click on the Programs icon.
  4. Locate the P2P software you are removing on the list of installed programs.
  5. Click once to highlight the software.
  6. At the top of the list of programs, select Uninstall.

    Follow the prompts on the screen to completely remove the software and its components.

    Some peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have companion programs that are not automatically removed. If you have more than one program to remove, click No if prompted to reboot your computer. Then repeat these steps until you have removed all file sharing programs.

  7. Make sure you reboot the system when you are finished.
Use the Programs window in the Control Panel to remove (uninstall) these programs – just as you would remove any program from your Windows system.

  1. Turn off all file-sharing programs and all of their components.
  2. Go to your computer’s Control Panel. You can go to it from your computer's Start logo.
  3. Click Programs and Features.
  4. Locate the P2P software you are removing on the list of installed programs.
  5. Click once to highlight the software.
  6. At the top of the list of programs, select Uninstall.

    Follow the prompts on the screen to completely remove the software and its components.

    Some peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have companion programs that are not automatically removed. If you have more than one program to remove, click No if prompted to reboot your computer. Then repeat these steps until you have removed all file sharing programs.

  7. Make sure you reboot the system when you are finished.

Mac

  1. Quit all file-sharing programs.
  2. Locate the folder containing the P2P software that you want to remove. It is usually in the Applications folder.
  3. Double-click the P2P program's folder to examine its contents.
  4. Some Macintosh-compatible P2P programs come with an "uninstall" program. If you see an "Uninstall" or "Uninstaller" program, run it to remove the P2P software.

    If you do not see such a program, go back to the Applications folder, and move the P2P program's folder into the trash.

  5. Empty your computer's trash folder.
  6. Go to the Apple menu and select Restart to reboot your computer.

Remember: you are responsible for all network traffic on your computer. If you use file sharing programs, you may face the following:

You can always use legal options to download digital media. Some resources offer legal content for free, others at a low price. Go to www.udel.edu/legaltunes for more information.

For more information about P2P software, visit web resources such as Wikipedia's Peer-to-Peer Networking article.