cannot uninstall or remove the PL-2303 Vista Driver Installer from my list of programs

I've had some extra time and have been cleaning up my Toshiba Windows 7 laptop which has a 32 bit operating system.  I ran across a program in my "Program & Features" list which I cannot remove or uninstall. The program states that it is a (Prolific) "PL-2303 Vista Driver Installer" which is for a USB to Serial bus adapter.  From everything I remember the package that it came in stated that it was compatible with Windows 7 as well, but I could be wrong. That was quite some time ago. In addition, after doing a little research I understand we had some China knock-offs of this product that were around that were or are creating a lot of problems.  I'm not sure which of these could be my problem if either one or perhaps both,...I would just like to get it off my computer.  I did find a removal program/tool for the driver.  I was hoping it might work for the installer, but after doing some reading I found out I was wrong. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Last updated November 6, 2019 Views 3,211 Applies to:
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Hi,

 

1.       What happens when you try to uninstall the application from Programs and Features?

2.       What is the exact error message?

3.       Is the issue specific to this particular application?

Method 1:

Run the fixit available at the following link:

Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/Program_Install_and_Uninstall

 

Method 2:

Put your computer in a clean boot and then try to uninstall the program.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

Note: Once you are done with clean boot, please follow step 7 in the article to put your computer back to normal startup.

 

Method 3:

Run a virus scan on your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

 

Link to refer:

Uninstall or change a program

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Uninstall-or-change-a-program

 

Hope this helps.

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