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How to Remove Adobe Creative Cloud from Your PC
The process of removal of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) software should be simple,according to Adobe. You should first remove all Adobe apps from the CC desktopapp, then remove Adobe CC desktop app itself. In reality, the process ofremoving Adobe software turned out to be much more complicated. Here are thesteps you might need to go through: 1. Sign in to Adobe CC desktop app. 2. Remove all Adobe apps such as Photoshop and Lightroom using the Creative Cloud desktop app. 3. If any of the software fails to uninstall, go to Control Panel and remove it from there. 4. Once all Adobe apps are removed, uninstall Adobe CC desktop software from the Control Panel. 5. If Adobe CC desktop software does not uninstall, download and run Adobe CC uninstaller software. 6. Once Adobe CC desktop software is completely removed, remove all other Adobe bloatware present on the computer using the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool. 7. Reboot the computer. 8. Remove all Adobe folders in local storage.
Sign in to Adobe CC Desktop App
I have to admit, requiring one to sign in to the Creative Cloud desktop appjust to remove all Adobe apps is already ridiculous. I cannot think of asingle piece of software I have used in the past that made me type in myusername and password just to start the software removal process.While you technically can remove individual Adobe software components usingthe Control Panel, it is not the recommended practice, since the AdobeCreative Cloud desktop app must be in sync with what is installed or removedfrom the computer. Therefore, it is best that you sign in and remove all theapps using the desktop app:I am not sure what Adobe expects people with no Creative Cloud credentials todo when removing Adobe software. In my case, my family member does not have anAdobe CC account, so if I did not sign in and remove the software for them,they would have to go through a different process of software removal.
Remove All Adobe Creative Cloud Apps
Once you log in, you will need to remove all Adobe Creative Cloud apps likePhotoshop and Lightroom using the same desktop app. Click on the “Apps” tab,then “Installed Apps”, then scroll down to the installed app and click thelittle down arrow next to “Open” or “Update”, then click “Manage” ->“Uninstall”. If you are not planning to use Adobe Creative Cloud software inthe near future, select the “Yes, Remove App Preferences” option when you areprompted. This should start the process of app removal.If nothing happens after more than 10-15 seconds, close out of the Adobe CCdesktop app, then manually remove the Adobe app using the Control Panel.
Remove Adobe CC Desktop App
The Adobe CC desktop app is the main piece of software that allows you toinstall and remove Adobe apps. Once all Adobe apps are removed, the next stepis to remove the Adobe CC desktop app itself.You can do so by visiting “Add / Remove Programs” (also known as “Programs andFeatures” in Windows 10) in Control Panel and uninstalling the Adobe CreativeCloud App component manually. You will be presented with a pop-up screen likethis:Unfortunately, thanks to all the bloatware that Adobe installs on most PCs,the process of removing this app will most likely end up with the below error:Although I knew for a fact that there was not a single Adobe Creative Cloudapplications left to uninstall, I still could not remove the desktop app. Hereis a screenshot of the Adobe CC desktop app, which shows nothing is installed:And here is a screenshot from “Programs and Features”, which shows there isnothing Adobe-related left on the computer:Despite this, the Adobe CC desktop app still failed to uninstall, so the nextstep was to download and run the Adobe CC uninstaller software.
Download and Run Adobe CC Uninstaller
Once again, requiring anyone to download and run a separate tool just toremove software is ridiculous – it only shows how poorly Adobe software isdeveloped. Software vendors usually do that as a last resort when softwaregets corrupted. And as you will see further down below, you might need morethan one tool to completely get rid of everything.To download the Adobe CC Uninstaller, visit this page, scroll down anddownload the ZIP file. Once the file is downloaded, open it up and run theUninstaller.If everything goes well, you should see the following screen:Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app is now removed.
Remove Adobe’s Bloatware
The next step is to remove the rest of Adobe’s bloatware that gets installedwithout your permission. That’s right, Adobe silently installs a bunch ofsoftware that you might not know about. Some of this software runscontinuously in the background, even if you have zero Adobe apps left on thecomputer, as you will see further down below.Download the Adobe CC Cleaner tool using this link. Make sure to run the toolas Administrator by right-clicking it (the tool won’t be able to cleaneverything up without the right privileges), and selecting “Run asAdministrator”. You will be presented with a screen that looks like this:You will see two options: English and Japanese for selecting the language.Type “e” and press Enter. You will then see the following screen that requiresyou to agree to Adobe’s terms, which basically state that Adobe is notresponsible for any damage the software might cause:You will need to type “y” and press Enter to proceed. From there, the nextscreen will show you all the bloatware Adobe left on your computer:Wow, that’s a lot of stuff that’s left over I had no idea about. Note thatnone of this stuff is found in the App section of Control Panel in thecomputer. I went ahead and typed “6” to “Clean All”, only to be presented withan error:I had to run the tool twice to clean up the list.Now that the cleaner removed all Adobe software, my next step was to removeall the relevant folders that are left over in Program Files folder in mycomputer. Except…I could not remove them due to other Adobe software that wasrunning on the computer:The Adobe folder was in use. The two folders that failed to remove were these:That’s right, Adobe has even more bloatware that runs without your permission.One such piece of software is called “Adobe GC Invoker Utility”, whichautomatically runs on start up every time you reboot. I looked it up, and itis supposedly software that makes sure that you don’t pirate the software. Italways runs in the background and it does not get removed when you use theuninstaller, or Adobe’s cleaner tool.Here it is, sitting along all other apps that run when the computer restarts:Although you can just disable it from running on start-up, I would recommendto remove it completely.
Remove Adobe GC Invoker
NOTE: The next step involves running Windows Registry Editor, so you have tobe very careful – only delete exactly what I show you below or you couldcorrupt your Windows installation!Run “regedit” (Windows Registry Editor) as Administrator and navigate to:Computer -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows ->CurrentVersion -> RunIf you don’t want to go through all the trees within the registry editor,simply search for “AdobeGCInvoker-1.0”. Manually delete this key from theregistry by selecting it, and pressing the Delete button. Close out of theregistry editor.
How to Remove Adobe Creative Cloud from Your Mac
After I wrote the section on removing Adobe Creative Cloud from PCs, I decidedto go through the process of removing Adobe Creative Cloud from Macs as well,since many of our readers run Creative Cloud from their Mac desktops andlaptops. Here is what you will need to do: 1. Sign in to Adobe CC desktop app. 2. Remove all Adobe apps such as Photoshop and Lightroom using the Creative Cloud desktop app. 3. Download and run Adobe CC uninstaller software. 4. Remove all Adobe folders in local storage.
Sign In and Remove Adobe CC Apps
Similar to the PC instructions, the first step is to sign in to the AdobeCreative Cloud desktop app, if you have not already done so. After that, makesure to go through all existing apps and remove them one by one until there isnothing left.
Remove Adobe CC Desktop App
After you go through the first two steps (which are identical to the PCsteps), download the Mac version of the Adobe CC uninstaller software fromhere.When you run the tool, you will be asked to type your system login/password:On the next screen, you will be warned that the app was downloaded from theInternet. Click “Open”:A new screen will come up, asking if you want to remove the Adobe CreativeCloud desktop app:Go ahead and click “Uninstall” to start the removal process. It will take alittle bit of time to remove the desktop app. At the end of the process, youwill be shown the following screen:
4. Install purchased apps from the iTunes Store.
7. Delete apps on your computer.
If you want to delete apps that iMazing has downloaded, you can do that aswell. Right-click a downloaded app to select it, then choose Delete fromLibrary. iMazing will ask you to confirm the deletion, then delete the appfrom your computer. You can re-download it later if you wish.Important: If you are managing apps of multiple Apple IDs, iMazing will saveas much space as possible by downloading the IPA only once. Because of this,deleting an app which you downloaded for multiple Apple IDs will remove itfrom the App Library of all of them. For example, let’s say you’ve downloadedKeynote 3.3 for Apple ID [email protected], the IPA is stored in your applibrary. You then download Keynote 3.3 for Apple ID [email protected], the IPAis not re-downloaded, only its signature is, allowing for more efficient diskuse and quicker downloads. But if you then delete Keynote 3.3 whilst signedin to Bob’s account, it will also get deleted from Alice’s.