How to uninstall downloaded, not installed from repository, programs

Asked by Trevor Dyke on 2009-10-16

I am unable to remove programs and videos that I install and now
wish to uninstall.

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Simon Déziel (sdeziel) said : #1

You can uninstall software by going in System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager. To do the same using the console :

 sudo apt-get remove SOFTWARE_NAME

Videos files are not installed so a simple deletion of the file should be sufficient.

Please tell us some infos about which programs or videos are you talking of...

Thank you

Trevor Dyke (cbbiz2009) said : #3

Hi Marco,

The program that I am having a problem uninstalling is Traffic Equalizer.

I have been to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager, but
still not able to uninstall.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Ok please select, copy and paste into terminal this command:

dpkg -l | grep -i ^ii | grep -i traffic

then copy and paste the terminal result here.

Thank you

Trevor Dyke (cbbiz2009) said : #5

Hi Marco,

What terminal are you talking about ?

I am confused, do not understand what you are talking

Please explain.


Simon Déziel (sdeziel) said : #6

In Linux, you'll often need to use the command line interface (terminal) so here is the way to access it : Applications ->Accessories->Terminal

If you run the commands given by Marco, you'll get a list of all the program installed that have "traffic" in there name. In the list you'll be able to spot the program you want to uninstall. Once you'll have the name just enter that command (replace PROG_NAME with the program you no longer want) :

sudo apt-get remove PROG_NAME

Good luck

Trevor Dyke (cbbiz2009) said : #7

Hi Simon & Marco,

Thank you very much for your help, but in
the long run I had to remove Wine from the
computer in order to remove Traffic Equalizer.

Once again thanks,

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