Best Uninstallers out there
The Windows Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel is limited in many ways that sometimes irritate very active users. It loads slowly and lacks many features that sometimes do not resolve the system configuration problems during uninstall. That is why the software market offers many different uninstaller programs with more advanced features. Uninstallers are basically divided in two groups, stand-alone programs and Windows uninstaller replacements. Also these programs might be divided for their different licensing options.
Advanced Uninstaller PRO
Advanced Uninstaller PRO is an ultimate professional uninstaller for Windows. It uninstalls different programs quickly and completely with the use of clear and intuitive interface. The program also finds and removes duplicate files, cleans registry, manages services and monitors installation process, preparing and saving all the needed information for the full uninstall.
Installation Monitor keeps track of all changes during software installations; and later uses this info to completely uninstall any program without tails and possible future problems left behind. It also can repair broken registry entries, clean non-functional Start Menu shortcuts, uninstall browser toolbars, plugins and different hijack programs and let remove from startup programs that run in the system tray and might slow down the system.
The program is especially designed to be very clear, fast, pleasant and intuitive. Easy to read information and help is readily available throughout the program, guiding you every step of the way. Advanced Uninstaller PRO takes care of the Windows registry and system services, helps to free disk space from duplicate files or using compression, makes the Internet surfing more private and safe. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is fully compatible with all service packs and all editions of the following operating
Systems – Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, with all the editions and service packs.
One of the best free for private use stand-alone programs is Revo Uninstaller. This utility successfully uninstall programs without prior monitoring their installation, by scanning system and removing all the left by the uninstalled program files and traces in the system registry if the uninstaller program is absent.
Revo Uninstaller is not perfect at removing installations and some files ant registry keys might be left behind, but this program is better than other programs at removing failed program installation processes and also might clean improperly made in the past uninstalls. However, the scanning process is relatively slow, and there might be some issues with removing unrelated files that may causes other soft to fail.
Revo Uninstaller works in 32-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7. 64-bit systems not supported for now. Portable version of this program is also available.
This program works differently, as compared to Revo Uninstaller, because it needs to monitor installation process and save this info for future uninstall. This is implemented by making the system and the registry snapshots before and after the installation and comparing this info to find all the differences.
This design let ZSoft Uninstaller make a clean and correct program uninstalls even if the program itself does not provide uninstall executable files or if these files were removed or the program folder was delated without proper uninstall process. This design protects the system registry and helps to have it clean all the time. The only big pitfall is that this program wouldn’t work without monitoring installation. ZSoft Uninstaller works on all windows platforms and is a free software without any restriction. It also have a portable version.
This software was free but now it becomes commercial; though, some sites still offer a free version. The program works on the same principles as a ZSoft Uninstaller by monitoring installation process and saving information. However, this program is slower, and it does not save all the possible changes to files made during installations, so the uninstall might change files that were changed by other programs to the initial state with following disastrous consequences.
Total Uninstall works on Windows 98 and XP. Available free license is for private use only.
This product is more advanced than the Windows utility. It gives various information about installed programs such as product name, company, product version, installation folder, registry details and the uninstall string info. It can find and delete orphaned and obsolete entries from the list and save the list in text or html format.
No installation for this program is required and it might be used in bundle with other diagnostic tools. The only problem of this tool is that it is more like a replacement for a Windows utility and not the full featured uninstaller program as other related products.
MyUninstaller supports Windows versions through 98 to Vista. It can be run from USB drive or CD, and it is a free program without restrictions in use.
There are a lot more of uninstaller programs on the market, and this article only gives an overview of the whole at a different range ends. You might look for more programs, but mentioned tools are probably the best in their sub categories. To pick a right tool for you need, you need to keep in mind the differences in the approach and design as well as different features that each program offers to you. It is possible that you will use both monitoring and scanning uninstaller engines to keep your system clean safe.
Written by Aleksei Abalmasov