- Wondering what's with the File Association Helper program on your computer? Worry not, it's an archive utility.
- We explore different ways to uninstall the File Association Helper software from your Windows PC.
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File Association Helper is a free software that often appears out of nowhere in the Start Menu of Windows computers. As a result, many users think that this mysterious software is actually some sort of malware.
The software is compatible with all Windows versions, from Windows XP to Windows 10.
The only downside is that it creates a Windows startup command when you first install it and automatically launches every time you boot your PC.
The good news is that File Association Helper is just a clean third party software. It doesn’t download or install malicious codes into your PC, nor does it behave like malware.
The respective scheduled task is named FAHConsole_Reg_HKLMRun. In other words, FAH uses computer resources even when you don’t actually need the tool.
You can easily locate the program and other associated files. All the files and folders created by this software share a common element, namely they begin with ‘fah’.
Fahwindow.exe is the executable file of this program, while other associated files include fah.exe, fahwindow.exe, etc.
Usually, the installation folder is located at this address: C:\Program Files\File Association Helper.
You can uninstall File Association Helper in less than 5 minutes. Here are the steps to follow:
How do I remove File Association Helper?
1. Use a dedicated tool to remove software leftovers
If you would perform all the steps after this one, you would have removed 99.9% of all the files and folders left behind by File Association Helper. However, there may be a few files that escaped your scrutiny. In order to make sure that you have removed all of them, you can also use a dedicated software uninstaller.
These applications are specially designed to remove the selected application along with all of its files and registry entries. As a result, the application will be completely removed from your PC.
There are many great uninstaller tools available on the market, but the best is probably Revo Uninstaller.
If you are interested in learning about leftovers, check out our dedicated article on how to remove software leftovers.
Here’s what we like about Revo:
- Easily remove one or more programs simultaneously: you can select File Association Helper and perhaps some unused ones as well.
- Has a portable version for your Windows device: you don’t need to install something to remove something else.
- Easily remove built-in Windows Apps or others installed via the Store.
- Installation Monitor: a clever feature that stores the way each new software installation changed the system. This way, when uninstalling, it will know where to go to remove everything.
Revo UninstallerComplete remove File Association Helper from the computer with Revo Uninstaller.
2. Uninstall File Association Helper via Control Panel
- Simply go to Start > type Control Panel > double click the first result to launch Control Panel.
- Then go to Uninstall a program > locate File Association Helper in the list and select it.
- Select Uninstall > wait until Windows completely removes FAH from your PC.
- Restart your PC.
3. Clean the Registry Editor
Now that you removed the program, you also need to remove any traces or file changes associated with it. To do that, you need to open the Registry Editor.
- Go to Start > type regedit > launch the Registry Editor
- Locate the following keys and delete them:
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\File Association Helper
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\File Association Helper
4. Check all the hidden files and folders
File Association Helper may have left behind various hidden files and folders. In order to completely remove the software, you can also need to delete these files. Here’s how to do that:
- Simply go to Start > type Control Panel > double click the first result to launch Control Panel. On Windows 10, you can also type Show hidden files and folder in the search box. Then simply check Show hidden files, folders and drives and jump straight to step number 3.
- Go to Folder > select Show Hidden Files and Folders
- Locate the following folders:
C:\Program Files\File Association Helper
C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\File Association Helper
C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\File Association Helper
- Delete them and then restart your PC.
5. Empty Temp Folder
The final step is to clean the Temp folder where all the temporary files are stored. To empty the folder, go to Start and type the %temp% command.
This will open the Temp folders. You can now empty them. If the system displays an error message when deleting some files, leave them. The files might be in use by Windows services or some running software.
To sum up, File Association Helper is not a malicious program. It is a third-party file archive software that you can easily remove from your PC for good following the steps listed above.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.