How To Get Rid Of Screen Saver?

Screensavers were an important component to your computer when most screens were CRT. If the same image is left on a CRT screen too long, it can burn into the screen and leave a ghost image. A screensaver makes sure that there is always movement on the screen, so the image can’t burn into it without the inconvenience of turning the screen on and off.

Screen SaverToday most screens are LCD which cannot be image burned, so screensavers are becoming obsolete. Yet they are still installed with the operating system on most computers, and they can take up power unnecessarily and use a lot of your CPU time. Fortunately, it is easy to disable the screensaver. You can also remove it though that can be trickier.

If you want to disable your screensaver, but not delete it here are the steps you need to complete.
1. Right click on any empty part of your desktop.
2. Click “Properties” in the menu.
3. In the Display window, click the Screen Saver tab.
4. Choose “NONE” from the drop-down list of screensavers you see.
5. Click “OK.”

Now if you want to delete the screensaver you will have to go through the Control Panel.
1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
2. Click “Add/Remove Programs.”
3. Choose the “Windows Setup” tab.
4. Click on “Accessories” and then click on the “Details” button. A set of accessories will then appear.
5. Look for “Screensavers”, select it, and click on “Details.”
6. You’ll get a list of screensavers. Uncheck everything, and click “OK” three times.
Windows will then remove them from your system.

Both of these solutions are for screensavers that came as part of the Windows OS. You may have a screensaver from third party software. You can remove it the same way, but the screensaver will appear under the list of programs in “Add/Remove Programs”. You will just have to choose “Remove” and go through the steps the computer will lead you through.

You can also remove the screensaver manually.
1. Click “Start > Search.”
2. If you have an “Advanced Search” option, click it.
3. Look for the file extension “.scr” or “*.scr”, without the quotation marks.
4. The search will come up with all files with this extension on your computer.
5. Locate the relevant file folder in Windows Explorer. The search results will usually display the root folders.
6. Delete the screensavers.
On systems running Windows OS, you can find them in the Windows/System32 folder.

You could potentially have a screensaver that is part of malware. You can try and remove it just like any other screensaver, but it might not work. You may need to use an anti-malware program, such as Ad-Aware, Spyware Doctor or Spybot Search and Destroy, and an anti-virus program like AVG. Malware can also be disguised as screensaver removal software, so be wary of versions of this software.

If you are on a work or company computer, before removing any screensaver, check with your IT department for any screensaver policy.

Category: Computers, Technology

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