- If you want to completely uninstall Andy OS from your Windows 10 computer, there are at least four ways to do it.
- You can find more details about each method, plus alternative solutions to this emulator in the article below.
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Andy OS is an emulator with which you can run Android apps on Windows 10. However, the software became associated with cryptocurrency-mining malware in 2018. It also hogs about 415 megabytes of hard drive storage.
So Andy users should consider uninstalling the emulator for the time being at least. This is how you can thoroughly uninstall Andy OS from Windows 10.
How do I manually uninstall Andy OS on Windows 10?
- Uninstall with third-party software
- Uninstall via the Control Panel applet
- Clean up the leftovers
- Run the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter
- Uninstall with the System Restore Utility
1. Uninstall with third-party software
You can easily uninstall the Android emulator with a third-party uninstaller software in just a couple of steps.
Revo Uninstaller is our recommendation in this case. The program is perfect for removing leftover files, folders, and/or Registry entries from unwanted apps.
With the free version of the tool, you can scan for program leftovers and remove them, uninstall Windows apps or browser extensions.
Furthermore, with the paid version you can also use the Forced Uninstall or Quick/Multiple Uninstall options. Plus, you’ll also have a few tools to clean your PC and optimize processes.
To completely uninstall Andy OS, follow these steps:
- Download Revo Uninstaller using the button below.
- Open Revo Uninstaller’s setup wizard to add the software to Windows.
- Launch Revo Uninstaller to open the software’s window.
- Select Andy OS listed on the All Programs list.
- Press the Uninstall button to open the Uninstallation Wizard.
- Select the Advanced option for the most thorough scan. Press the Next button to uninstall the software.
- Then, click Scan on the Revo’s Uninstallation Wizard to scan.
- A window will open that shows you leftover registry items. Press the Select All button and click Delete to erase.
- Press the Next button to continue to the leftover files and folders. Click the Select All and Delete buttons to erase the listed files.
- Press the Finish button.
Uninstall the Andy emulator completely and make sure no traces of it are left behind with Revo Uninstaller.
2. Uninstall via the Control Panel applet
- Right-click the Start menu button and select Run.
- Input appwiz.cpl in Run and click OK to open the window shown directly below.
- Then select Andy OS listed on the programs list. If you can’t see it, enter the keyword Andy in the search box.
- Press the Uninstall/Change button. An Andy OS uninstaller window will open.
- Select the Remove ALL User Progress and Data and Uninstall VMware Player Also options.
- Press the Next button to uninstall Andy OS.
- Restart Windows after you uninstall Andy.
3. Clean up the leftovers
If you prefer to uninstall the Andy emulator as outlined above and not use additional software as mentioned in the first solution, look for the files and registry entries that are left behind.
You’ll need to manually clean up the leftover files and folders within File Explorer. These are some of the leftover folder paths that you should look for and delete in File Explorer:
C:/<user>/AppDataRoaming(enter ‘%appdata%’ in File Explorer’s path bar)
Also, note that the Oracle VM VirtualBox is a component that gets installed with Andy OS. You can uninstall Oracle VM much the same as Andy via the Programs and Features applet.
You’ll also need to clean up leftover registry entries after uninstalling Andy OS with the Windows uninstaller. The best way to do that is to add a third-party registry cleaner to Windows. Then you can scan the registry with the software to erase leftover Andy OS registry entries.
CCleaner is one freeware utility that you can thoroughly clean the registry with. Follow the guidelines below to clean the registry with CCleaner.
- Open this webpage, and click the green Download button there.
- Then open the CCleaner installer to add the software to Windows 10.
- Click Registry on CCleaner’s window.
- Selecting all the registry checkboxes will ensure the most thorough scan. However, Obsolete Software, Applications and Application Paths are the most essential checkboxes to select.
- Press the Scan for Issues button to initiate a scan.
- CCleaner will then show you what the scan detected. Click the Fix selected issues button.
- Then you can click Yes to back up the registry if you prefer.
- Press the Fix All Selected Issues button to delete the registry values.
4. Run the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter
If you can’t uninstall Andy via Programs and Features, make sure you’re logged in to an admin account and that there aren’t Andy OS processes listed in Task Manager when you try to uninstall the software.
In addition, check out the Program Install and Uninstall troubleshooter that fixes uninstall errors. This troubleshooter repairs corrupted registry keys which block software from uninstalling.
Download the tool from the official webpage then open and run the program.
When you’ve opened the above window, click the Next button. Select the Uninstalling option. Then select Andy OS on the program list. The troubleshooter might then provide some resolutions that might fix Andy OS so you can uninstall it.
5. Uninstall with the System Restore Utility
- Press the Windows key + X and choose Run.
- Enter Rstrui in the open window.
- Click the Choose a different restore point option, and press the Next button.
- Select the Show more restore points option to expand the full list of restore points.
- Select a restore point that predates the date you installed Andy.
- To check the restore point removes Andy, press the Scan for affected programs button. That option shows you what software the restore point deletes on the window below.
- Press the Next button, and then select the Finish option to confirm the restore point.
The System Restore utility can delete Andy OS when the Windows uninstaller doesn’t remove the software.
System Restore will certainly uninstall the Andy emulator so long as you can select a restore point that predates the software’s installation. You’ll lose all third-party software installed after a selected restore point.
So that’s how you can uninstall Andy OS along with all its leftover remnants. After uninstalling Andy, you will, of course, need a replacement Android emulator. Check out this software guide that includes 10 of the best freeware Android emulators for Windows.
If you want to share with us your experience with the entire uninstall/reinstall process, feel free to use the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and was completely revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.