How do I remove P2P software from my Windows computer?
File sharing involves using technology that allows internet users to share files that are housed on their individual computers. Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, such as those used to share music files, are some of the most common forms of file-sharing technology. However, P2P applications introduce security risks that may put your information or your computer in jeopardy.
Examples of P2P software
Windows 7, 8 & 10 computers
Use the Programs window in the Control Panel to remove (uninstall) these programs – just as you would remove any program from your Windows system.
- Go to your computer’s Control Panel
- Double click on the programs and features icon
- View the list of programs
- Under programs, click uninstall a program
- Select the program you want to uninstall
- Start the removal process
- 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
- Repeat these steps until you have removed all file sharing programs
- Above the list of programs, either click uninstall or uninstall/change (the name of the button depends on the program selected)
- If prompted, click ok
- Follow the on-screen instructions specific to each program
- Reboot your computer