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Giveaway of the day — Cleanse Uninstaller

Cleanse is a program uninstaller that finds and remove even the most stubborn of programs.
$12.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 547 (91%) 52 (9%) 153 comments

Cleanse Uninstaller was available as a giveaway on June 15, 2007!

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Cleanse is a program uninstaller that finds and remove even the most stubborn of programs. Uninstall faster, easier and more completely than you do with other programs.

First, Cleanse Uninstaller will try to use the original uninstaller that came with the software; then, Cleanse Uninstaller will do its own search of the system registry and local drives to find any left over files or registry entries (often these are left behind causing clogs which slow your computer) and remove all of the remaining traces to optimize your computer s performance.

Cleanse Uninstaller also includes a startup optimizer to make your computer boot alot faster and by removing any Trojans or adware that might startup with your computer you are able to make your computer safer for every day use.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista; .NET Framework version 2.0 or greater

Publisher:

Zards Software

Homepage:

http://www.zardssoftware.com/

File Size:

0.6 MB

Price:

$12.95

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#153

Hi Folks,

Interesting, I put in three posts about the two types of uninstallers (those that do a snapshot and those that are only post-facto uninstalls) thanks for Revo and how it seems to be a good program and being careful with the registry and some stuff about the search for the best uninstaller ... all apparently removed.

Is there any reason to post ?

If a tree falls in the forest ...

Shalom,
Steven

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#152

#148, Pamela, to get rid of most context menu entries, use Microsoft Autoruns (free download). Click on the Explorer tab, scroll down to the key ending with ...\Shell Extensions\Approved and examine the non-Microsoft entries. Uncheck the ones you don't want, restart Windows. If you make a mistake, re-check the entry, restart.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#151

yeeesss!!!! i needed this and my mom is too poor these days to afford things like this. lol omg thanks GAOTD!!! U GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! I LOVE U!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Reply   |   Comment by chris  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#150

Number 148, -> I really need a program that can find and remove files from programs that were previously installed Registry -> Tools -> Registry Finder, and type in what you wish to totally remove all the entries. But 1st. check installed programs, nothing better and safer, never in 5 years has it made a mistake....

Reply   |   Comment by marsh_0x  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#149

What a false sense, it's pretty but does not remove all the entries. Try for yourself before cheering...Google last freeware version of JV16,and you will see for yourself... Nope, doesn't uninstall virus..haha

Reply   |   Comment by marsh_0x  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#148

Thanks for all the valuable feedback - the best part of GOTD.

Program activated & installed without a glitch, but had some problems uninstalling some programs. Always read BladedThoth's wise reviews!

#138 - I had versions 1.0,1.1, and 2 of Net framework. It uninstalled all versions except for 2 (which is what I thought it was supposed to do) and it seems fine. So far. But I wish I had read your comment first.

I've been using CCleaner for years. It's a brilliant program, and works like a charm. Can some knowledgeable person really say what the major difference is with regards to the uninstall functions? Unless this program does something CCleaner just can't, I'd rather just stick with the pro.

I didn't see that this is a 2-week trial. Is this true? If so, there's really not much point in even pondering.

One last question - I really need a program that can find and remove files from programs that were previously installed. Ones that no longer appear on Add/Remove programs, or in any of the obvious places, but rear their ugly heads regardless (i.e. in context menus, etc.). Anyone know of a really decent one?

No matter what, I'm always really grateful to be handed programs, even to try out and test, so thanks GOTD, and thanks GOTD folks!

Have a great weekend.

Reply   |   Comment by Pamela  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#147

This installed and activated without any apparent hitch on my win98 laptop, I did notice some odd inconcistancies with reported version number, the check for update function and what their server offers as the update list and the file it downloads... And the version numbers in their sites change log and softpedia's change log.

This software reports version 2.57 in it's window title, the about box reports 2.5, the news page at http://www.zardssoftware.com/news.html reports 2.59 released on 21/04/2007, the download trial.zip installs as this offering 2.57 etc.
The check for update function gets version 2.0.0.0 returned from the server http://www.zardssoftware.com/version.txt as the current update availible, yet it still offers to get it!
The file retrieved by the update function is trial.zip as above!

The earlier Softpedia derived review given by another poster has yet another version number strangeness...

http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/Cleanse-Uninstaller-Changelog-33946.html
That uses a 2 digit version numbering system and has the latest version at 2.7!

There is a GUI bug when displaying a non MS GUI popup box i.e. About box or check for updates as opposed to File Open or File Save dialogues, if one moves to a different tasks window and then back to cleanse uninstaller the popup box has vanished! But is programatically still there potentially blocking further input depending on the nature of the popup box! It doesn't apear in the win98 Alt-TAB task switching selection when one of the phantom popup boxes has locked the GUI up either, a task manager of some sort is required to force close the application.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#146

Cleanse Uninstaller does want it says very well indeed.
Fantastic easy to use program that does a thorough job well worth the install. Thanks to Zards Software and GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#145

I ended up uninstalling this program because I had no idea what I was doing. For the person that recommended ZSoft...I downloaded it, ran it. It listed a "dead link" for RealTek so I got rid of it. I lost my sound after doing that. I had to go to my computer maker's homepage and reinstall the driver. ZSoft is out too.

Reply   |   Comment by Vicky  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#144

THIS SOFTWARE FAILED TO UNINSTALL THE FIRST TWO PROGRAMS I SELECTED...["GET DATA BACK FOR NTFS" AND 'GET DATA BACK FOR FAT" BY RUNTIME SOFTWARE].

THIS WAS AFTER CLEANSE UNINSTALLER WENT THRU EACH OF ITS THREE REMOVAL STEPS SUCCESSFULLY...WITHOUT ERROE MESSAGE OR OTHER ALERT.

I WAS ABLE TO CLICK ON THE "UNINSTALLED PRIGRAM" PROGRAM ICON AND EXECUTE IT FULLY.......

SO THIS SOFTWARE, IN MY OPINION STINKS, AND I AM GLAD I DID NOT LAY FOR IT!

Reply   |   Comment by DAVID  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#143

I am sure it is a good program. But, I never got past the activation module, etc part

Reply   |   Comment by Mewsicat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#142

I have a feeling I will miss out on this. DRAT! I cannot get past the "activation module failed to connect to giveawayoftheday.com...message.

Again, oh, well

Reply   |   Comment by Mewsicat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#141

Appears to have activated and installed OK. But I can't confirm it because there is no "normal" indication of who it is registered to, serial number or anything like that in the ABOUT dialog.

Tried it on a couple of items. Seems to work OK. In one case it prompted for a restart. When I said no, it cancelled the uninstall, oops.

Where is the help, installed or online. This is V2.57, there should be some help info by now.

I like the display of the install info, and being able to edit it (I tried it, it worked).

Somewhat non-standard User Interface. Why startup and exit button on right end of toolbar? Why is the About menu itme on the right side of the menu bar?
- I like that toolbar button have both text and image.


I like the "google it" option in the startup function. Simplifies lookup

During step 2 of one uninstall it displayed a "Results" dialog listing files to be deleted. Nice, but it would be nicer if there was a final total size of files to be deleted.

The main window should be resizable, only offers fixed size and full screen, would like to drag it to size in between. And the Uninstall Wizard window is even smaller than the main window, and not at all resizable. Why? I couldn't see the full registry entry column without dragging it several times, annoying! And I could not drag the last colunm at all!

On the web page there is a long list of claimed benefits, ie:
- removes registry errors
- scan and remove redundant files
- remove broken install links
- remove traces of removed programs
- fix broken registry links
- auto update

these claims need clarification. Are you talking about things it will only do for a program you are using it to uninstall? The wording implies (to me at least) that it does for whole reg, but how and when? I didn't see any evidence of that happening


#90 about CCleaner, it does similar function, cleaning up some of the same registry issues, but it works on the whole registry, not just one program at a time as this program does.

Several people have said it is time limited trial, what is giving you that impression?


Overall, not bad, I'll keep it for a while.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#140

Well, my problem is I get a message saying "activation module failed to connect to giveawayoftheday.com Softwre activation is not possible at the moment. Please try again later of check your firewall settings" I checked the firewall, and no problems there. By the time dotnetflex is downloated I will probably be out of time.
Oh, well!

Reply   |   Comment by Mewsicat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#139

very good programme. easy to use. fast. i was stuck up with a few programmes, which i could not get rid off - but it went zippy with this. thank u again for a very useful programme.

Reply   |   Comment by shagun  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#138

Use your brain, don't do stupid things because you don't understand them. If you don't know something, Google it. Read BladedThoth's reviews. This program doesn't always recognize that a computer already has .NET 2.0 installed (you can look for it via the standard Add/Remove Programs). Do not uninstall earlier versions of the .NET framework. I have version 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0 on my computer. They are not the same, they are not upgrades. Software written for a higher version will not run on a lower version. Software written for a lower version will try to run on the next higher version available, if the version needed is not available. It may or may not run correctly on the higher .NET framework version. Quit giving positive feedback to people who don't know what they're doing (#121). There is no shame in ignorance; we're all ignorant about things until we learn them. Not making the slightest effort to look up things that you don't know or don't understand is inexcusable (that's the difference between stupidity and ignorance).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#137

The register.exe program inserts a registry key that contains the program's serial number. Seek and you shall find.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#136

1) NEVER UNINSTALL ANY MICROSOFT UPDATES!!!(unless, of course, it is the WGA tool) They are for the protection of your pc from the many assholes out there who would rob you blind or tear up your 'puter for a joke by infiltrating your pc via a chunk of software.

2) ALWAYS UNINSTALL THE WGA TOOL! Maybe it only shows its activity on Microsoft sites, but I can't shake the gut suspicion that old Billy has got a hell of a lot more going on with it than has been shared. Whenever you go to MS Updates it validates your computer anyway so really, of what use is it? Google remove WGA and you should find several free tools that will take it off.

3) Another alternative to this program is called Ace Utilities. Works very well and has several features on it (not sure how it compares in that way with today's give away as I have not dl'd it...don't need another). Been using it for years without ANY troubles at all. Go to download.com, tucows.com, acelogix.com, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Whisperss  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#135

A must have app to uninstall some of the software's I have downloaded for this site which I have never used or hardly use.
It a good idea to have a unistaller once in a while :)

Reply   |   Comment by kpk  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#134

#88. Thanks for the information about the two different Genuine Advantage programs. I'll have to educate myself on the nuances between the two.
#99. I appreciate your comments, but nevertheless, I have auto updates set on my wife's computer so that the updates are downloaded, but need permission to install. I had purposly not allowed installation of Genuine Advantage with the other updates, but one night she shut down her computer while I happened to be standing there and I saw the small message under the shutdown options, just as Windows went into shutdown mode. It follows with a message that updates are being installed,not to shut down the computer, and that the computer would automatically be shut down after the install was completed. The next morning, GA had been installed on her computer. In the lic. agreement it states that it becomes a permanent part of the OS. If MS later decides to change what it does, we are at their mercy.
Sorry, I am starting to get too far off topic, which should be about Cleanse Uninstaller. Thanks for your comments and thanks again to GAOTD and the generous vendors who allow us to use their programs for free. Rich

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#133

I guess its like normal uninstall and some registry cleans... same if i use standard uninstall and do TuneUp Clean or RegSeeker Clean oder somethin like this.

But ill give it a try.

Reply   |   Comment by MaTi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#132

Worked as advertised. I had no issues with any of the download, reg, or install. It also uninstalled something that I just know matter how I tried, could not uninstall a piece of junkware until I got this app. Can't thank you guys enough. 10 for 10 on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#131

ZSoft Uninstaller (referenced by Swan, #107) works better for me. Identifiable differences: More program info (or is it just easier to read?), more (different) options, i.e., temp file finder, more filters, more languages (useful to me), easier to find stuff --- with ZSoft.

Functional differences? I just tried Cleanse Uninstaller on a couple uninstalls. Seems to work very well (with the caveat about ANY registry change).

They're different programs. I just prefer the feel of ZSoft. More like the program and I are working together. Friendlier. The right info and the right options are presented in the right way in the right place at the right time. For me, that makes a difference.

Reply   |   Comment by BoRegard  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#130

can anyone tell me the difference between this program and ccleaner? I dl'd ccleaner yesterday. as i'm not exactly computer literate, i only used some of its more mundane functions (as in no registry cleaning), and was very happy with the results. Do the two programs basically mimic each other? Today's giveaway sounds like something i might like, as i have had a few "issues" with the uninstaller in XP Pro., but not if its just a redundancy. And is it worth downloading the .net2 framework for? BTW, how bulky a dl is the .net2? I wouldn't mind being able to use the GIMP and Paintnet, but not at the expense of messing with a system that is more, or less, working okay.

Cheers and thanks,
hamstergirl

Reply   |   Comment by hamstergirl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#129

I downloaded, installed, and used this program without a single problem. In fact while I was using this software I unistalled something and was in step three where they give you the option to remove the items still found on the registry and hard drive. I chose to remove the ones that were found on the registry and a window popped up (not a normal window) basically letting me know I shouldnt continue to remove it. You have a couple of options at this point you can continue, which you shouldnt do unless you know what your doing or you can cancel and the cleanser will shut down.

So when your removing things from the registry if it only pertains to the item your removing and nothing else then youll be fine.

Its funny that a couple people have mentioned that the screen is small and unclear. Maybe try maximizing which you can do, and/or go to view on the toolbar where the unistall button is and click on large icons. If you still are having problems its not the program its you.

Reply   |   Comment by vivaxiousnsxy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#128

Quite a good program, needs a little more polish but does pretty well what it says as long as you watch stage 3 on cleanup as it suggests. The only problem is a registration issue on WinXP pro, three times installed no registration.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#127

YAY!!! This will help get rid of all the semi-useless giveaways lol. I give it a.... Idk wat I give it lol. I haven't D/L it yet lol. I hope I get to though because I need to reinstall .net framework again.

Reply   |   Comment by Jesse B  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#126

#20 you are a real grouch!

Reply   |   Comment by kieko  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#125

Program often didn't show even as much information about installed programs as the Windows Uninstaller does. The Startup info was too minimal to be of much use for catching viruses, etc.

Didn't try advanced uninstall features since this software didn't seem far enough along in development to trust it yet, plus I didn't have enough time. Since I don't know what search criteria it uses, I don't know if it is actually any better at finding undeleted data than any other registry search program.

Thanks Zards Software & GAOTD for the opportunity to try it out, but I uninstalled the uninstaller too. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Not Hempman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#124

I'm using XP and having the registration issue.

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#123

I have to ask... am I the only one who clicked on 'about' and went to 'registration' and was asked for a serial number? I've asked about this issue, and so have a few other people. Is there no one with an answer to this question?

Swan- thank you for the freeware alternative. I checked it out.

Since no one knows the answer to the registration question, I do believe that I will be using ZSoft uninstaller.

I don't mean to sound ungrateful for the free software, but if this is only a trial then I don't want to waste space on my computer with it. But if it is asking for a serial number, then I would think it is just a trial. In that case, thank you but no thank you.

Yes, I read the readme text, and did everything in the right order. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#122

Oh, and I meant to add for the developer: this is a situation that will cause a lot of problems and dissatisfaction for less experienced users. I hope you can find a way to smooth this out. Perhaps your having Cleanser download the .NET upgrade was an attempt at that, but I tried that step as well sometime along the way, and the old version was still not removed and apparently was stopping Cleanser from seeing that I had also installed the upgrade.

Thanks for the give away.

Reply   |   Comment by VampireRat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#121

I usually read through the comments before installing a GAOTD in order to anticipate ant problems and see how I might fix or avoid them. I did not see my exact problem listed (though I skipped a few comments), and for that reason, I am adding my 2 cents here.

I use WinXP Home with SP2. I had .NET 1.0 and a .NET Hotfix installed.

Following a suggestion in one of the comments, I first downloaded the .NET 2.0 update from MSoft and installed it. However, I still had problems installing Cleanser. I would not recognize that I had updated my .NET. I will not bore or confuse you with all the variations I tried through the day, as I could get back to the computer off and on, but I will share what I found to be the problem and the fix, in case it helps someone else:

Installing .NET 2.0 did NOT uninstall .NET 1.0. I found it there when I checked Windows Add/Remove Programs and removed it. Only then did I get a quick, clean install of Cleanser.

Reply   |   Comment by VampireRat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#120

Froze alot, also i dont like the desktop icon for it, its blurry and doesn't look good

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#119

Help please. I have used Cleanse Uninstall before and it is a very good program. It removes more of the registry keys (not all) associated with the program being uninstalled (without causing me problems) than any other uninstall program that I have used.

My problem is that I have installed it on a new computer (XP Pro) and cannot get it to activate and yes I did do the activate first and then install. Can someone give us the registry key for the day that we can put in manually?
Thanks for the assistance and thanks for the free software

Reply   |   Comment by JM  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#118

Problem with Vista is answered by #83. Thanks #83.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#117

Will not run or regester for me. I think I would like it if it did. Hope it gets fixed.

Reply   |   Comment by Criss Dale  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#116

Swan(#107) and others who knock this program because your registry could get messed up:
You could also mess up your monitor by heaving a brick through the screen. Does this mean bricks are bad? No. It means you don't understand the proper usage of bricks.
This software doesn't force you to delete registry entries. It gives you that option. Suggesting that people steer clear of their registry if they're unsure of what they're doing is excellent advice. But if you ignore that advice, and the unthinkable happens, don't blame the software. That's like boycotting hammers because you accidentally whacked your thumb with one.
For anyone who is in doubt about those extra items in their registry: forget about them unless you know for a fact they're having an adverse effect on your computer. Chances are you have about a bazillion of them right now. And contrary to popular belief, they're basically harmless. They don't take up a lot of space or make your machine sluggish. That's what people who sell registry cleaners would have you believe. If you're obsessive about a pristine registry you can study up on what to delete or have someone more knowledgable do it for you. Otherwise, you shouldn't lose any sleep over it.
This is a very good uninstaller even if you choose to leave the registry untouched.
And as Lisa(#62) points out, you should NEVER, under any circumstances, mess with your registry after knocking back a half bottle of Crown!!! In fact, you should porabably avoid bricks and hammers, as well.

Reply   |   Comment by padiddle  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#115

A fairly average program with a very risky reg cleaning element. There are far better free add/remove alternatives that WON'T screw up your registry.
Your far better off using something like ZSoft Uninstaller or the last freeware version of Total Uninstall (http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/util/uninst.html) every time you install something, especially if theres a strong chance you'll uninstall it at a later point (as with a lot of GAOTD programs).

Reply   |   Comment by JDPower  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#114

Problem with Vista. Cleanse Installer doesn't REGISTER itself. Works fine with XP and Windows 2000

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#113

#24 meet #83 ... now pay up!

Reply   |   Comment by jnyb  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#112

Good programm, small and effective ... better than captivate if you ask me :)

Reply   |   Comment by werner  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#111

About registering the software on Windows Vista computers. If I download and install on "the normal way" most of the time I got a trial (asking name and code). My solution is: I install first activate.exe. My firewall (PC tools Firweall Plus and I hope other firewalls do the same) ask permission and give information where it is going to store that software. When I give permission to the firewall I go to that indicated map. In that map you see active.exe, right click and choose run it as administrator and run. Do the same with setup.exe and the software is registered (sorry for my bad english but I hope you will understand and I give you an idea).

Reply   |   Comment by baker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#110

Thank you Once again thank you so much to GOTD and for your wonderful giveaway,

I really appreciate your effort to manage to give us free sw or screen saver everyday. Though I don't find all sw useful to me but others may be hoping for it. Please keep up your good work as you are like a Santa to those who need sw and can't afford to buy for themselves or their kids. Thanks to all generous contributors too for giving away their sw for the very one day. Good job ! God bless you guys.

Have a great day everyone! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Jul  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#109

Whoo hoo! Good bye AOL!

Reply   |   Comment by Fury  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

There are some bugs in searching the remain file of the uninstallation of program.

It searched many not-related file to be the file of the program remained. If i doesnt watch about it and click [Next], many data would be disappeared.

Reply   |   Comment by cfzone  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#107

Good afternoon everyone! ;)

This software downloaded/activated and installed easily on Windows XP Pro.

Well I thought I'd found another safe uninstaller that might just have convinced me to change from ZSoft Uninstaller (completely free.)

Not so. As others have said, there is a great danger in screwing up your registry if you don't closely examine the items that it's found there before deleting. I only need to learn a major lesson once - and I'll never be guilty of screwing up my system again!

Again, as others have said it's quick in displaying all your installed programs - but NOT as fast as ZSoft Uninstaller. Try it and you'll see what I mean. Having used the latter for many months now, it's taught me what I want and need in an uninstaller - and today's offer (while having other functions,) doesn't even come close.

It doesn't seem nearly as intuitive as it could be - and what's the deal with it 'phoning home' all the time?

I think I'll stick with what I have thank you - uninstalled.

I'm not even going to score this application with points, as I think it has a long way to go before being a really apt program to satisfy the end user.

It gets a thumbs-down from me.

Regardless, my thanks go to Zard's Software and their generosity in giving us these gifts in return for our reviews. I for one am truly appreciative, even though I won't be keeping today's offer.


Thanks go to GotD for the incredible software they bring to us to review. The initiative is a success - well done Slava and the rest of the team! ;)
~ Swan

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#106

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I've never had a problem with activating programs. I always activate first then install program. They always work fine. I'm glad to have this, and yes, it does take a minute (not literally) to load, but it depends on how many programs you have loaded for it to find. It's a keeper for me. Thanks GAOTD!

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#105

Karen (#91) - Do not remove updates. While you might not need the uninstall information, it's sometimes useful to roll back changes caused by an update that... well, didn't work properly. You can try it... but I don't recommend it.

Shaad (#94) - Short version: No. Long version: If you can figure it out, yes you can. Depending on the software, it can be easy to hard to do, but the whole point of the activation process is that you shouldn't.

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#104

Program downloaded and activated ok but I got a box that said I had .Net Version 1.0 and it needed .Net Version 2.0 (odd because I remember downloading an updated version a while back, I guess I never ran it. I needed the update anyway).
I tried to update from the program box, it downloaded the update but never completed its verification, then gave me errors (AFTER downloading the 22mb file).
DO NOT UPDATE THE .NET FROM THE PROGRAM!
Download the .Net 2.0 update frome here FIRST:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0856eacb-4362-4b0d-8edd-aab15c5e04f5&displaylang=en
(22.959kb (22.4MB)/ Downloaded in 1hr 12min @50.3k dial-up)

Make sure you have enough free hard drive space to accomodate all the files. I had to do some cleanup because of the failed update (tried twice, once with DAP Pro) and it kept both the other 22mb files although neither one ever completed installing.
(Plus my Hd getting full from all the cool stuff here given away recently).

For those using Download Accelerator Pro to download, temporarily disable it for this file or you will get an error LONG into the download. Frustrating, but I got past all that.

Program Installed (I run Activate.exe first THEN the Setup.Exe) and it worked on programs I had that didn't have their Uninstall file.
It's good for removing programs' info that are in the registry but are not listed in the Add/Remove programs.

#27, I tried that on a 30 day demo I had "Advanced Batch Convertor":
http://www.gold-software.com/download296.html
that had expired. Since I have IrFanview: http://irfanview.com/
and Gimp: http://gimp.org/
and some other software from this site I don't need it anyway.
I removed it with this program and reinstalled and the 30 day demo, expired message still showed up. Either that program doesn't keep all the info in the registry or this program doesn't really
remove all files related since the Batch convertor program worked after I did a Fdisk/Format once a long time ago. I wasn't trying to get more trial time, just doing an OS reinstall on a clean
hard drive and that was what happened.

In any case this program works, gets rid of clutter clogging up your registry (although probably not ALL of it) and it's a decent program, Full version, NOT a demo. Lucky for me I'm a Win Xp Pro user and didn't go for the Vista.

Thumbs up for the software itself, thumbs down to the built in .Net updater, DON'T use that.

Hopefully my experience in doing the downloading/activation/Setup will help keep someone
else from making the same mistakes I did.

Thanks Zards Sofware and to the GAOTD Team for the software and this great service.
-TJ

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