Remove an entry from right-click menu

August 29, 2017 at 00:08:43
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I installed a freeware utility program. The first time it ran it
put an entry in the right-click menu of every file and folder to
run the program on that file or folder. Many programs give
the user a choice as to whether to add such an entry. This
program did not. Is it just a link in a folder that I can delete?
If I delete it, will it return every time I run the program?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 29, 2017 at 07:05:19
It would be helpful if you told us what utility you installed.
Depending on the program, its usefulness, and trustworthyness it might be easiest to uninstall it.

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August 29, 2017 at 10:13:31
If you want to keep the program but remove the context menu entries, and the program itself doesn't give you an option, you're going to have to go hunting in the registry. I'd start with HKCR\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers, and check to see if the offender is within there.

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August 29, 2017 at 17:01:25
Oh, wow! CCleaner does it! Thank you! Lots of cool tips,
and there are scads of links I haven't followed yet! I'm going
to run out of exclamation points!

The program is Smart Defrag. I haven't really decided whether
I want to keep it or use it. The built-in Windows defrag program
doesn't seem to have a visual display of what it is doing anymore
(it used to, didn't it?), so I looked for another and found Smart
Defrag. CCleaner shows that it installed two Context Menu
entries, one for files and one for folders. I disabled the one for
files, and surprisingly the entries on both files AND folders went
away. That's okay with me. I then went ahead and disabled the
entry for folders, too, which doesn't appear to change anything.

I have another program which always put annoying entries in
context menus in previous Windows installations, and it shows
up in the Windows 10 CCleaner list as enabled, but weirdly it has
not actually been showing up in the context menus. Not even in
the "New" sub-menu. Maybe I already took care of it in the
Registry and forgot that I did so. But as I say, it shows up as
"enabled" in CCleaner. Computers are illogical.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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