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

  • uTorrent
  • BitTorrent
  • Pando
  • Vuze
  • BearShar
  • Limeware

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.

  1. Go to your computer’s Control Panel
  2. Double click on the programs and features icon
  3. View the list of programs
  4. Under programs, click uninstall a program
  5. Select the program you want to uninstall
  6. Start the removal process
  7. Some peer-to-peer file-sharing programs have companion programs that are not automatically removed
  8. If you have more than one program to remove, click no if prompted to reboot your computer
  9. Repeat these steps until you have removed all file sharing programs
  10. Above the list of programs, either click uninstall or uninstall/change (the name of the button depends on the program selected)
  11. If prompted, click ok
  12. Follow the on-screen instructions specific to each program
  13. Reboot your computer