Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud Products

softwarebuck April 25, 2021 0 Comments

Frustration in Removing Adobe Products

Adobe Creative Cloud products take up a lot of space inside your system. Evenwhen you follow their recommended minimum guidelines (8 GB RAM, etc.), youmight have to put up with the laptop fan whirring loudly. Also, it isfrustrating to have so many background processes consume vital CPU and memory.It is also very difficult to remove Adobe Creative Cloud from auto-launching.Even when you disable Adobe Creative Cloud from “Startup Apps,” these productscome back like a ghost on the next restart.Although you can remove stubborn programs like these in safe mode, thereshould be easier alternatives. Trying to manually uninstall any Adobe CreativeCommons product is impossible.You can try uninstalling Adobe products with external cleanup utilities. Itried doing it with CleanMyPC. It has a multi-uninstaller option which doesremove most stubborn programs. But not Adobe. Even when you try removing Adobeproducts one by one, you will get the following error message.

Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud Products

We have some helpful articles which give freeware alternatives to AdobeCreative Cloud products: * * Use GIMP instead of Photoshop. You can even make it look like Photoshop. * Use Scribus instead of InDesign, Inkscape instead of Illustrator and Digicam instead of Lightroom. While this article is for Linux systems, all these Adobe alternatives can be used with Windows PC. * Foxit is one of the best alternative PDF readers that I recommend.If you are looking for similar features and functionalities as Premiere Pro orAfter Effects, Final Cut Pro is a decent alternative.

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.

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.

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.

Reboot Computer and Manually Remove Remaining Adobe Folders

The last step is to reboot your computer and manually remove the remainingAdobe folders. Here is a list of folders that you need to delete: * C:Program FilesAdobe * C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobe * C:Program Files (x86)Adobe * C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeIf you are really anal about getting every Adobe-related folder deleted fromyour computer, search for “Adobe” folders on your computer and delete them.However, I would only recommend this step if you really know what you aredoing. My suggestion is to only remove specific folders that might be sittingin Users -> Your Username folder, as well as any Temp folders.

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:

Remove all Adobe Folders

Once the desktop app is removed, navigate to your “Application” folder andmove all Adobe folders to Trash. You should see a list of folders similar tobelow:The next step is to remove Adobe applications from the “Utilities” folder(found under Applications -> Utilities). Navigate there, then select all Adobefolders such as “Adobe Application Manager” and “Adobe Installers” and movethem to Trash.There are more Adobe folders under Library -> Application Support, andpossibly in other locations. Before you decide to remove any of those folders,make sure that you have no other Adobe software left on your computer.The last step is to empty the Trash bin, which should uninstall and remove anyother remaining Adobe apps.Congratulations, you should now be completely Adobe-free on your PC or Mac ifyou followed this guide.Adobe DreamweaverSince 1997, Dreamweaver has been a major player in the web design field withcontinuous positive reviews. It has a variety of powerful features fordesigners and developers yet has a user interface that can be easily accessedby people with limited coding knowledge. It also has its pros and consdepending on how you like to design and code.

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