How to Lock Uninstall Programs


Most software comes with built-in uninstall programs, allowing you to remove your software with just one click of a button. If you share your computer with several people, you may want to consider locking these uninstall programs. If you do not remove access privileges from other users on the computer, anybody who logs on will be able to run an uninstall program. To prevent unwanted deletion of your favorite software, you can lock out unauthorized users with the "permissions" feature that comes standard on most PCs.

  • Log into your computer as the administrator. Unless you deliberately set up a separate administrative account, your primary log-in functions as the administrator account.

  • Locate the uninstall program. This will usually be contained in the main folder for your software. It is often indicated with a gray and blue icon of a computer, and it is labeled "Uninstall."

  • Right click on the uninstall file for the program that you want to lock.

  • Click "Properties" from the list of available options. A new window will pop open.

  • Click on the "Security" tab at the top of the window.

  • Click on the user name of the person you want to lock out of the uninstall program. There is no way to select multiple users. If you want to block access for several users, you will need to repeat these steps for each user.

  • Click "Edit." A new window labeled "Permissions" will open. According to Microsoft, permissions are used to grant or deny access to programs, folders and other data on the computer.

  • Click on the check-boxes next to "Deny" for all of the permissions listed on the bottom half of the screen. This will restrict all of the user's access for the uninstall program. The user will be blocked from opening, modifying or deleting the program. With this block in place, the user can only unlock and open the file with by using your administrator password, so make sure you do not share your password with anybody else.

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