Any Good Uninstallers - Better Than Add/Remove?

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  1. DasFox

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    Well from my experience the Windows Add/Remove running the program uninstallers isn't always that great of an uninstall.

    Typically from what I've seen in just about every program, folders, files and registry entries are left behind.

    So I've been looking to find an uninstaller that will really clean the system up.

    Are there any great uninstallers that will really wipe most of it clean?

    For the moment I've been checking out the Uninstall Tool from Crystalidea, but it's not any better then the program uninstallers...

    THANKS
     
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    I'm here to count how many times the name Revo appears. :D
     
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    it is not Add/Remove progs that is at fault but whatever unistaller is included with app. I think it is always better to use, a usually provided, removal tool by the software creators than some generic removal installer
     
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    No matter which uninstaller you use, it's certain that file and registry fragments will be left behind.
    Whether or not these fragments represent a problem or danger is an open question, but even following the uninstall process and manual search/delete will not guarantee total removal.

    The task becomes harder with Vista and Windows 7 which more severely restrict registry alteration.
     
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    Ditto.
     
  11. ALookingInView

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    Total Uninstall is the best, but it's definitely not free.
    I use Revo (Free) on two of my machines and haven't decided on anything for the third yet.
     
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    Revo = GARBAGE.

    Tried it one time to uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security and it completely trashed my system to the point where I had to format and reinstall.

    Either use an imaging program to restore to a point prior to a software install or use the program's own uninstall feature.

    Any 3rd party software that goes digging into your registry and Windows system files is dangerous IMO. More often than not, items are marked for deletion that have no business being deleted. Unless you know what you're doing, that's a huge risk.
     
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    Well, if you use such uninstallers to remove security suites, then you probably don't get the point of these installers. Speaking of Kaspersky, you probably don't even need a 3rd party uninstaller to totally ruin your system.;)
     
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    ZSoft Uninstaller 2.4.1 -- it's free, light, stable, effective, time-tested. It monitors the install so that the uninstall rarely misses anything whatsoever.

    Non pareil !
     
  16. ALookingInView

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    You're not really supposed to use Revo or any other uninstaller to remove security software.

    Sounds good.
    Total Uninstall does the same, but it's not free. :)
     
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    Is that a warning from Revo? Do they advise against using their software to remove security apps?
     
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    A vote for Zsoft from me as well.
     
  19. ALookingInView

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    Not that I'm aware of.
    I suppose I've just heard it enough times over the years that I've come to accept it as true.
    An example here at the Symantec Forums.
    Though the same search also returned this TechRepublic result. o_O
    Perhaps a vendor or two could shed some light?
     
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    I liked Revo Free so much I purchased the Pro version at a very good discount when it just updated recently and also the Pro supports 64bit so I got two! :thumb:

    TH
     
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    I use Revo to remove any and all Security & other software without problems!

    TH
     
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    "Any and all" would indicate that you use it for AVs and such, among everything else security-related.
    Just curious, but why would you use it instead of a vendor's uninstall tool?
     
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    'cause it works +1 revo :D
     
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    In my experience Revo is pretty safe because it starts by using the application's own uninstaller. Assuming the app uninstalls itself without error the followup cleaning that Revo does has never caused me problems. However if the application uninstall fails you have a very different situation. When that happens with a security app it's safer to cancel Revo and switch to a dedicated uninstaller provided by the vendor, such as the Norton Removal Tool for Norton products, etc. I would not trust any general uninstaller to remove a security app if the product's own uninstall routine fails.
     
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