Tuesday, March 20, 2007

How to hide programs in the Add or Remove Programs Section

A friend of mine wanted to hide a program in the Add or Remove Programs applet under the Control Panel so that his kids don't accidently remove it. I looked at him with suspicion but set out to find a solution out of curiosity. The solution turned out to be fairly simple. You can fix it via the registry or just use this nifty tool called HideAddRemoveItems from Novell. Tested on Windows XP.

1) AVG is visible

2) Hide AVG using HideAddRemoveItems

3) AVG has disappeared