Best way to remove Tor browser in windows 8?

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  1. The Count

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    i) I would like to remove all remnants of Tor from Windows 8 machine.

    If I simply delete all the Tor search bar results in windows File Explorer will that definitively get rid of Tor or will there be issues with Registry Files to consider if so what would be the best way to handle that? Should I use Command Prompt to get rid of Tor plus the registry issues or simply press delete in File Explorer?

    I can see it siiting here in command prompt:
    C: Users\Desktop\Tor Broswer

    ii) What would i need to type in CMD to remove the registry files associated with Tor? If that's safe to do and is there a need for that?
    iii) I don't see Tor in the Registry Editor either? I haven't deleted it yet. Any idea where to look in Registry Editor?
    iv) I don't see Tor in Uninstall Programs, is there a reason for that? Right clicking on Tor icon and clicking uninstall just takes me to control panel uninstall programs where Tor is not listed anyway.

    Thank you in advance
     
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  3. The Count

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    So you tried to right-click delete the Tor desktop folder and it wouldn't let you?

    Did you stop any instance in Task Manager first?
     
  5. Krusty

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    Isn't TOR browser a portable program? I didn't think you needed to actually uninstall it because it doesn't actually install.
     
  6. Hadron

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    Judging by the Windows uninstallation instructions, yes, it is portable.

     
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    I posted that link Hadron, now we just need for The Count to confirm that he has tried to delete the folder from the desktop.
     
  8. Minimalist

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    As others have mentioned, yes, just delete that folder and Tor is gone. No need to "uninstall" or search for data in registry. You can delete it using cmd or file explorer, it really doesn't matter.
     
  9. The Count

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    It has been deleted, by simple right click delete.It's been alluded to that that's enough to remove it completely, like in registry and so on.
     
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    Good to hear you are sorted now :)
     
  11. The Count

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    I did not know what a portable program was until now, still a bit hazy though.
    i) Can I assume that all portable programs can be deleted by simple right click delete.
    ii) Why do developers prefer making their programs portable?
     
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    This should give you a fair bit of info
    https://www.howtogeek.com/290358/what-is-a-portable-app-and-why-does-it-matter/
     
  13. brians08

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    Who are you trying to hide TOR from? Family member, corporate IT, or three letter agency?
    If you think someone might do a low level scan of your hard disk to find fragments of deleted TOR files, you would need to run software that wipes free space. If you're drive is SSD, a wipe of free space may not be 100% effective. Fragments of TOR files could still remain in reserved space used for wear leveling. Not very easy to do a raw scan like that but it is possible.
     
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