How do I make sure AnyDesk is removed?

To ensure that AnyDesk is completely removed from your system, follow these steps:

  1. Uninstall AnyDesk:
    • Windows: Go to “Control Panel” > “Programs” > “Uninstall a program,” find AnyDesk in the list, right-click on it, and select “Uninstall.”
    • macOS: Drag the AnyDesk application from the “Applications” folder to the Trash bin.
    • Linux: The removal process may vary depending on your Linux distribution. Usually, you can use the package manager or terminal commands to uninstall AnyDesk.
  2. Remove residual files: After the standard uninstallation, there may be residual files or settings left behind. To remove them:
    • Windows:
      • Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog, type %appdata%, and press Enter. Look for the “AnyDesk” folder and delete it.
      • Next, open the Run dialog again, type %localappdata%, and press Enter. Find the “AnyDesk” folder and delete it.
      • Finally, go to the installation directory of AnyDesk (usually in “C:\Program Files” or “C:\Program Files (x86)”), and manually delete the “AnyDesk” folder if it’s still there.
    • macOS:
      • Open Finder and click on “Go” in the menu bar. Hold the “Option” key to reveal the “Library” option, then click on “Library.”
      • Look for the “AnyDesk” folder in the “Application Support” and “Caches” directories, and delete it.
    • Linux:
      • Open a terminal and navigate to the appropriate directories, such as /home/<your_username>/.local/share/anydesk and /home/<your_username>/.config/anydesk, then delete any AnyDesk-related folders.
  3. Remove AnyDesk services (if applicable):
    • On Windows, open the “Run” dialog, type services.msc, and press Enter. Look for any AnyDesk-related services, right-click on them, and select “Stop” or “Disable.” You can also change the startup type to “Disabled” to prevent them from running in the future.
  4. Clear registry entries (Windows): This step is optional and should be done with caution, as editing the registry can be risky. Only proceed if you are confident with registry editing:
    • Open the “Run” dialog, type regedit, and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
    • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AnyDesk and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\AnyDesk. Delete the “AnyDesk” folders if they exist.
  5. Restart your computer: After performing the above steps, restart your computer to ensure any AnyDesk-related processes or services are completely terminated.

By following these steps, you should have removed AnyDesk from your system entirely. Always exercise caution when editing system files or the registry, and if you’re unsure, consider seeking assistance from someone experienced or using reputable uninstaller software.