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The Full Uninstall program allows you to COMPLETELY uninstall unnecessary applications from your system.
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A common problem we often face with, when uninstalling unnecessary software, is various traces left in the system: unneeded files or folders on a disk, registry entries and so on. This can happen even if an application was removed correctly with its own uninstaller - a special program provided by a vendor to uninstall the application.

The Full Uninstall program is intended to solve this problem: It allows you to COMPLETELY uninstall unnecessary applications from your system.

The main function of the tool is the complete removing of programs from your computer. Full Uninstall monitors all changes made to the system during the setup process of a certain application. You can easily learn what file or registry entries were modified during the installation. Using these data, Full Uninstall completely removes an application when you order it to.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

ChemTable.com

Homepage:

http://www.chemtable.com/full-uninstall.htm

File Size:

3.57 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#59

have run a similar app/s before mainly Ashampoo product, found it very good but resource intensive, and slowed down my system too much for my liking, which already runs slow similar to a server, very busy bus, too much wait time so uninstalled it , even though it followed through reboots. now just restore points and sandbox. although that's not foulproof but lighter on resource and performance so try this one out for awhile, one day won't be long enough to know for sure

Reply   |   Comment by bobby  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

The BEST uninstaller I have evere used is Revo Uninstaller. I've tried almost everyone that's come available, but Revo is by far the best.
Choose the "advanced" uninstall, which allows you to remove all mentions of your file, even if it's in the junk files.
By the way, it's free for private use.
Best of luck.
I promise you won't be disappointed.

Reply   |   Comment by nanastra  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

The BEST kind of uninstaller you can use is one that first MONITORS and tracks programs at the time of installation! (This does that.) Other programs are just guessing, and may miss something.

I'd grab this now while it is free if I were the average person reading this.

Personally, I use "Total Uninstall" from Martau, which has been around for many years and is an excellent program for tracking every last little thing that a program installs and deleting ALL of it. It is not free, however.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#56

I found that Revo doesn't work any better than uninstalling something through CCleaner and then running CCleaner's registry cleaning tool. They both do exactly the same thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Dch48  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

So much ado about nothing. Just uninstall it in Windows like you're supposed to. People make such a chore out of nothing. A few small files on a terabyte drive is nothing to worry about. Just move on with your life. What you really want is some forethought when installing. For example. This program would be installed into Program Files\Utilities\System\. Then after I had realised it was useless I would uninstall it through windows which is the correct way of doing things, then go to the program files location and delete the folder. Clean up your own mess, take charge of your own life!

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Gordon  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#54

Its a decent program, but since I have revo uninstaller pro which I purchased I dont think I will be needing it anytime soon. Revo pro is just better in my opinion of course. Thanks anyways GOATD :D

Reply   |   Comment by Neiio  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#53

Hi I downloaded and tried to install the free Full Uninstaller . But I am having trouble the last three times I tried to download and install your software I was prompted from AVG that it had removed your software before it had a chance to install due to it being a PUP. Potentially unwanted program. So I am guessing it has a virus in your software .I am running windows 7 64bit. Has anyone else had this problem. thanks
Have a good day

Reply   |   Comment by RJ  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#52

With TotalUnistall I found and deleted 28 traces leftover by FullUnistall !!

Reply   |   Comment by frank  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#51

Installed to a XP sp3 system.

To compare the functions of Full Uninstall with Revo uninstaller
I downloaded Star Defender 2 and Air Force Missions from MyPlayCity.com
and Free OCR, Krento Skinned, and Instant Storm from Freeware Files.com .

No real difference in uninstalling the games or the Ask toolbar.

Full Uninstaller didn't even see the OCR program (Revo did).

Installed and uninstalled the Krento Skinned program 3 times with varying results.

Decided at that point I would stick with Revo.

Interestingly enough, Full Uninstall left 17 items in the registry and 5 file items.
Curious eh. :)

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#50

Unbelivable how many posts begins with "I'use Revo" "I'love Revo", "using revo" "but not so good as Revo"... Amazing, bunch of spam posts, and than you visit his Revo web site, and you sudenlly get scarry filling...man can't even pout apropriate web site together, how can than software be any good... spam spam spam...

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#49

I use Advanced Uninstaller Free. It does all that Revo Uninstaller does and works with both 32 and 64 bit, plus a few other optimization utilities.

Reply   |   Comment by Leon  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

Ran this sandboxed, SANDBOXIE, & Full Uninstall's "service" would not run, so not everything worked for me. IOW take that into consideration when reading.

opens quickly.
installing the given registry key is painless.
(paste the key into the box & done)
says it comes with 1-year of products updates?
program window is resizeable.

choosing to uninstall an item, starts the uninstall routine automatically.
a confirmation prompt before anything further happened certainly would be appropriated.
(i've mentioned that before with other uninstallers too)

included CHM help file (even if brief, ie. not thorough).

settings:

registry keys to IGNORE, can be added
drives to IGNORE, can be (de)selected
files/folders to IGNORE, can be added
(i cannot verify if any of these settings were followed?)

installer tracing.
i wonder if it can track MSI installs?

installed application table sorting is odd.
you must select a menu setting to change the sort rather then being able to click a column header.
sort by age, does not seem to be sorted correctly?

command to open regedit didn't work?

again, i was running sandboxed & its service would not run that way.

on an install, the pre-trace setup can be lengthy. the snapshot file it creates can be HUGE. i was getting file sizes close to 1 GB, & as it never did complete, i eventually cancelled the trace. i tried this any number of times, changing settings in between, but never did get a successful pre-trace.

trace can be aborted by hitting the close on its dialog box. doing so does delete the temporary snapshot file it was in the process of creating.

deselecting all drives (easy, by unchecking checkboxes for selection)
deselecting all registry entries (hard, by manually adding all top level registry keys)
(i cannot verify if any of these settings were followed?)
would be better if there were options to ignore Registry (& only track disk changes)

STILL it seems to be cataloging EVERYTHING (?) taking up upwards of 1 *GB* of space in:
\Local Settings\Application Data\ChemTable Software\Full Uninstall\Snapshots\aiwiz_201108111259581_first.snapshot
(& i never did get it to fully complete so never got to go any further with it)

if it tracks installs in realtime (as mentioned above), file changes can be efficiently tracked if tracking is done via the MFT. i don't know what kind of interface is presented after a trace? i would expect (hope) that it offered an efficient method for the user to review what it found, & to choose (if wanted) specific items to ignore?

the old PCMag utility, InCtrl5, was able to track installs across a system restart. (it would save the state up to the restart request, then automatically restart itself after reboot, picking up where it had left off.)

sandboxed, i couldn't get very far with this program.

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#47

#2: "Does this work retrospectively, or does the program have to beinstalled prior to the other softwares installation"

#18: "... What number 2 is asking is if it will work on programs that had been uninstalled before this program is installed. They meant retroactively"

To more completely remove an app you need to know what registry entries & files it added. Uninstallers that don't record [or haven't recorded] an install don't know what an app's setup routine added, can't know to get rid of everything. You can always search for this stuff manually, but there's always a chance you'll miss something. You can use an uninstaller designed specifically for the app or driver, e.g. McAfee has an app just for that, & I think one or two 3rd party apps are available for AMD/ATI graphics drivers, but this sort of program isn't available for most software. OTOH you don't always want to get rid of everything -- if a program setup added/updated shared files, files that other apps &/or Windows depend on, you can't remove those files, or registry entries related to those files without breaking something. It can get trickier yet when app "A" installs a file, then later app "B" updates that file, & now you want to get rid of app "A" -- if the app "A" install was recorded or monitored, those records will not show that file being shared, because at that time it wasn't. That's the weakness of uninstaller apps that record changes made by a software install -- when it comes time to remove a recorded app, they can either take a sort of all or nothing approach, getting rid of everything regardless any breakage, or they can skip removing stuff just in case it's needed somewhere else by something else. In many cases there just isn't an ideal solution.

What I've done more than once is record an app's installation to a VM [Virtual Machine], or more rarely to a regular Windows install running TimeFreeze, & that can be used as a guide to uninstall that app somewhere else where install wasn't monitored. You can use an alternative to TimeFreeze of course. And you can use the same process to troubleshoot & hopefully fix problems when/where an app won't properly install.

* * *

#16: "... Does FULL Uninstall track a programs installation if the program being installed requires a reboot as part of the installation process, OR, does FULL Uninstaller only track the installation process up to the point where the reboot occurs and doesn’t track the installation after the reboot?"

I realize this was directed to the vender, but this is my experience with most any method of recording installs -- in case it's useful of course...

*Most* changes made by software installations are complete before a needed re-boot, so stop the recording there, then start a new recording, re-boot, & finish with your 2nd snapshot. The 1st recording will show all or very close to all registry changes, & usually all file changes -- if/when you parse the the 2nd snapshot data, you'll see an awful lot of stuff that's just normal for Windows & the registry on starting. Usually the reason for a re-start is to load Windows with the new registry entries etc. Much Less often there really are files replaced that can't be replaced while Windows is running -- that's why many Windows updates require re-starts [& you see the Windows is updating screens after shutdown & before startup]. *IF* any of that happened you'll catch it in your 2nd recording, but the majority of the time you'll have much more wheat, less chaff in the 1st 1/2 of your installation recordings.

* * *

#25: "... It monitors ALL changes in your system during install. I made file moves between different partitions during install to test if they got recorded, and yes they got recorded."

Great Point. I always make it a practice to update AV software for example prior to running a monitored installation. Another example that occurred yesterday, recording setup for the GOTD also recorded quite a bit of .NET changes -- they were actually carryovers from Microsoft Update the day before, last time I'd run & restarted the XPMode VM.

It's more work, but along with stuff I've already mentioned above, that's also why I prefer to use the factory uninstall, then go after leftover's manually, using install records as a guide rather than letting an app have at it automatically.

* * *

#23: "... If I get a stubborn program I immediately grab Microsoft’s Windows Installer Clean Up Utility – It’s 32/64 bit compatible with XP/Vista/Win7 and it roots out stubborn DLLs and those inaccessible files in your user folder."

#26: "Rob, people keep mentioning the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. Microsoft has been very clear about why they dropped it, it can do more harm than good. The Microsoft Installer is component-based, which is OK, but it can be too sophisticated for its own good. In some rare cases a deleted component can cause problems. That’s one of several reasons why I say it’s generally better just to leave programs installed if you don’t uninstall right away and do a System Restore."

Unfortunately a poor choice may be better than none at all. I agree 100% on leaving something installed rather than resorting to that utility, which cleans up installer records & not installed app files, but it may be the only recourse to avoid a complete Windows & software re-install when something else won't run or install. I've had & seen problems after an app installed one of the MS Visual Studio runtimes, where future runtime installs would abort with errors. I've had problems with several Corel apps that when started showed the installation window, prompting for setup discs -- this happened after installing other software much later. Roxio has had installation problems where this utility was the only solution their tech support would/could offer. AMD/ATI's current version of their OpenCL app/package won't install for me without using the MS utility on the old version. A couple of times the problems weren't immediately apparent, so by the time I was aware of them updating a restored backup would have taken almost as much time as a full re-install -- running Windows Install Cleanup I had nothing to lose, since very worst case, it'd mess up Windows putting me back to square one. MS originally said to re-install [ideally a fixed version] of whatever app after using the tool so you'd again have the needed records to uninstall -- it doesn't remove anything but the installer/uninstaller for the selected app, & then sometimes very imperfectly.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#46

@11

After you become familiar with Revo, you will only need its highest level of uninstall which is quite speedy -- but still accurate.

It's free and its solid user reviews are on cnet etc.

While I thank this website for offering an alternative, imho, it does not look like a better choice in any way.

Reply   |   Comment by rroberto  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#45

Where do you all get the idea the Revo removes everything. It most definitely does not.
I now use the uninstaller in IO Bit Toolbox which I found more reliable than Revo, then periodically run JV16 Power tool to find left over traces. Which are far, far fewer than when I used Revo.
Anyone doubts me I am willing to come to you and run JV16 through if you agree to pay me for each left over entry I find. Be warned, the first time I ran JV16 on a 12 month old machine I found 2800 traces, more than half of which were easily identifiable as left overs from so called Revo uninstall.
Whatever Full Uninstall is like it will be no worse than Revo.

Reply   |   Comment by Kutomba  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#44

Good SW. Thanks GAOTD and developers!
To Fubar (14): You can try demo of rACLet Pro for tracking ACL changes ( - http://www.raclet.net).
P.

Reply   |   Comment by Pavel S.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

Reading from their forums b4 installing will help with some of these questions....
Seems like it 'could be' a real winner, time will tell-eh
oh,I did copy this 1 from their boards, posted there from the last month or so, to share here with our community:

"the current version can't track changes during installation, which requires a reboot. We are already working on this problem. This ability will be available in a future version of the program."
Best regards,
Anton Maksimov
Chemtable Software

Reply   |   Comment by T Mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#42

This software does not clean previously left over fragments in the registry.

When you first run this software it will make a snap shot of the registry and lock everything in it, including the old left over fragments and treat them as valid entry forever.

From first install point on, will keep track of the new installed but always will default to the old locked registry backup once you uninstall the newly install program.

This software will always run in the background and consume CPU time slices and 10MB of memory forever or until you decide to remove this software.

I do not recommend this program, you will be much happier with alternatives.

Few miniscule particles of left over uninstalled programs is not detrimental to the registry nor will impact the speed of your computer, but installing this software will.

Reply   |   Comment by HH@  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#41

Up and running without any difficulties and immediately I set to work installing a program. On examining the trace I was impressed by the lack of entries regarding the registry. Windows NT systems write volumes to the registry on an almost continuous basis. This makes it difficult for programs that do snapshot before and after not to include a huge amount of superfluous data that we most definitely do not want to be changed when an uninstall is done. Having said that Micke’s #24 should be heeded as if correct this is a very dangerous program and most definitely not for a novice. Innovative’s Advanced Uninstaller Free has also been recommended, according to the website is also monitors all changes to the system, again causing some concern. My old program of choice was absolutely brilliant in pre-XP systems and it is called Installrite 2.5c, unfortunately in NT it detects all changes to the registry as it does not trace. Even after 35 years of computing I still treat programs of this nature with extreme caution and I suggest you do the same.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#40

My experience with version 1.06 was quiet good but, see, I am, old school myself (and I mean old-school!).
My uninstaller icon was QuarterDeck's (ltr Norton's) CleanSweep.
That was during the win9x era, and those days are gone (thank God for that!)
Since then I have been using the only software I liked from the Ashampoo line of programs. The Ashampoo Uninstaller.
Why? Because it doesn't install a memory resident driver or a driver service like Revo or the above program does, plus it can re-create the initial installation and transfer it to another box in one click.
All you gotta do is to take a "before" snapshot of your system drive and when the installation finishes, you only gotta hit the "after" purty li'l button.
Serial number, registry entries, dlls, exes, directories, the whole deal can be deleted (or duplicated on another machine) by only pressing a couple of buttons.

Reply   |   Comment by jbgoode  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#39

It will NOT let me enter the code to register it. There is NO ENTER BUTTON.......just CANCEL??

Reply   |   Comment by Joizefnf  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#38

This application will NOT solve the problem it says it will. Leftover files are not files that were created during install, they are files that are created while using the application.

For example, install uTorrent. After installation only 1 file is installed. But what happens after you first use the application? A folder is created in your Application Data folder for settings stats, backup of torrents and more. How is this software gonna find out about those files?

Reply   |   Comment by Terry Nachtmerrie  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#37

Will it uninstall itself?
Just use the uninstaller in control panel.
And if that doesn't cut it, WinUtilities that GAOTD offers quite frequently has one.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason F.  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#36

Does anyone know how this handles 'shared' files? (usually .dll files)
Will it delete one if it was installed or updated with the program you're deleting? Will it let you know that other programs may use that file (like some other removers do) and let you chose not to delete it? Or will it just leave it behind without informing you that it did so?
(yes, I've had issues with this with other unistallers. learned the hard way to be vigilant)

Reply   |   Comment by JoeKisonu  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#35

Thank you so MUCH, GOTD+Author of Full Uninstall for this
Giveaway, this application is great.
Very decent alternative to Total Uninstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Toni A  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#34

I have been using Smarty Uninstaller for 2 years. It is just as good and thorough as this one. I would just continue on my Smarty. Mind you,
this one is good too.

Reply   |   Comment by peter  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#33

Pass & staying with Revo & ZSoft Uninstaller. Usually run both to see what they find - deep scans available that are pretty fast on higher end machine and finds bits that would have been left behind by surprising amount of programs.
Thanks #24 for link. Tried their free combo Registry Life/Full Unistaller. Had to run RL in safe mode. Found ton of junk, fixed & optimized fast on Win 7 Ultimate SSD drive. Didn't try FU.
Neither of mentioned uninstallers show any install of Yandex Bar so perhaps they dropped that. It didn't present during install of RL. Thanks for offer GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#32

Question: I entered the registration key but it also asks for a name. What should I type?

Reply   |   Comment by PTK  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#31

I used Revo to uninstall a program on my XP. It left behind 6 entries. No temporary entries. I know this because I use free Search Everything and it brings up all files on my PC in a split second or two.I do this after all uninstalls. I haven't found a program that never leaves behind files after uninstall. I manually delete any left overs.
I reinstalled same program.
Used todays Full Uninstall.
Uninstalled the same program Revo did previously.
Froze up after claiming it uninstalled the software. TWICE
Used task manager twice to release Full Uninstall.
Uninstalled Full Uninstall with Revo Uninstall.
I have tons of memory. Keep a lean machine. Never had a froxen PC before.

Reply   |   Comment by shipdog7  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#30

Hello, this does not more than the excellent and free "Glary Utilities".

Reply   |   Comment by unpeudepolitessesvp  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)
#29

I use io bit uninstaller does this program support snapshot install.I use io bit uninstaller does this program support snapshot install.

Reply   |   Comment by Prince  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)
#28

How does this compare to ccleaner or glary utilities? I mean does it do a better job? Do I need this if I have those?

Reply   |   Comment by redphantom  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)
#27

It is interesting to try, but from the same company, there is a free program Registry Life, in installing a just, you can select or disable components Full Uninstaller. Everyone who is interested Registry Life, here is the link: (http://www.chemtable.com/ru/ RegistryLife.htm). When you install do not forget to disable the toolbar "Yandex.Bar" the program will cut down compared to the Reg Organiser, it is a function of cleaning the registry, clean it, not all problem areas, but I think it is a Full Uninstall It looks like the full version.

Reply   |   Comment by Dima Treko  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#26

#20, Rob, people keep mentioning the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. Microsoft has been very clear about why they dropped it, it can do more harm than good. The Microsoft Installer is component-based, which is OK, but it can be too sophisticated for its own good. In some rare cases a deleted component can cause problems. That's one of several reasons why I say it's generally better just to leave programs installed if you don't uninstall right away and do a System Restore.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#25

** WARNING **

I had a software like this one in the past.
This is the only uninstaller that works 100%+.

BUT

It monitors ALL changes in your system during install.
I made file moves between diffrent partitions during install to test if they got recorded, and yes they got recorded.

Also Active Desktop Calendar made a update of the calendar. This was also recorded.

This is a power tool for experienced users only.
This is not a simple uninstaller.

If you run a install and updates Windows in the background, you could end up uninstalling Windows.

Also any changes you do to a document, filesystem is recorded.

This uninstaller could be compaired to a snapshot software like Comodo Time Machine. Basic ALL CHANGES ARE UNDONE.

This software is a bit to affective for the common users of computers.
Even I my self who is not a rookies, keep away from these softwares.

The developer SHOULD stress this out. If one take this for a common uninstaller one will soon get in to trubble, this is far more stronger than that.

I like to recommend Comodo Time Machine instead, it is a bit safer for all to use then to days Give Away.

If you know what you do, and do not mind checking log files before you do some thing. Then this is a power tool for you.

Thumbs Up for strong powerfull software.
Tumbs Down for the potential danger with this software if not used right.

Reply   |   Comment by Micke  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+61)
#24

#1, @Jody 's comment expresses me 100%. I would be grateful to read about pros and cons between Smarty Uninstaller and today's GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)
#23

I use CCleaner. It's free and has lots of great clean-up tools including an intelligent cookie remover (when getting rid of cookies, if you want, it can keep the ones you use for logging in email and stuff)


If I get a stubborn program I immediately grab Microsoft's Windows Installer Clean Up Utility - It's 32/64 bit compatible with XP/Vista/Win7 and it roots out stubborn DLLs and those inaccessible files in your user folder.

Microsoft apparently no longer distributes it on the original page. Probably because the tool is all purpose for removing lots of programs, and now they only show support for removing their products... *sigh* .

If you look hard enough, I'm sure you can find it - The Windows Installer CleanUp Utility is provided "as is" to help resolve installation problems for programs that use Microsoft Windows Installer.

Also - keep in mind that with some programs (and especially if you threw the folder away without uninstalling), if you had a problem uninstalling it, it sometimes helps to install it before trying an alternative method.

Anything that still won't uninstall is probably some nasty Malware, and needs to be dealt with immediately with an AV or Malware tool.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#22

Can it remove traces of trial/shareware softwar?

Reply   |   Comment by Limon  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-33)
#21

Innovative's Advanced Uninstaller Free is much slower but it allows you to RE-install an uninstalled program (GAOTD users should appreciate that). Smarty Uninstaller is faster and seems to offer what this does. Total Uninstaller has been REALLY unreliable for me in tracking mode and Revo Uninstaller Pro is simply not worth the money to do what Advanced Uninstaller Free can do for free.

All of these programs (reliability issues of Total Uninstaller aside) WILL remove EVERYTHING in their tracking/monitoring modes and ALL WILL leave remnants in their use as a typical uninstaller; this included.

Personally, my preference is for Advanced Uninstaller's monitoring mode (for the re-installs) or the Win 7 uninstaller WITH a manual removal of the remnants using Registrar Lite (the free version of their registry editor). You will be amazed at what all uninstallers leave behind; ESPECIALLY anti-virus uninstallers.

IF you don't have Smarty, don't want to use Innovative Solutions Advanced Uninstaller, or don't want to do a manual cleanup, this is probably the best alternative BUT DO use its tracking mode.

This is an awfully crowded space and the world probably does not need another uninstaller but you if you don't yet have an alternative, this offering is probably worthwhile.

Reply   |   Comment by Black Diamond  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#20

I love Revo Uninstaller, but will give this a try.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)
#19

CCleaner has an uninstaller function which works very well for free.
As everyone on this forum already has CCleaner, why use anything else?

Reply   |   Comment by george  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-42)
#18

@ #6

What number 2 is asking is if it will work on programs that had been uninstalled before this program is installed. They meant retroactively

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#17

Cant get it to register -I put the code in but it still says 30 days left--any ideas

Reply   |   Comment by llarry  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#16

Question 1 to the VENDOR: I have looked on your website and seen mention of single thru to family packs but i couldn't see any mention of the type of license i'd be buying, SO, If I buy this uninstaller is it a Lifetime License including minor updates & major upgrades, OR, is it only a version license (eg: v1.01 to v1.99), OR, is there a yearly subscription fee and if so what is that fee(s)?

I found mention of a subscription fee in Your FAQ's for the Registry program but couldn't find any mention of subscription regarding Full Uninstall.

Question 2 to the VENDOR: Does FULL Uninstall track a programs installation if the program being installed requires a reboot as part of the installation process, OR, does FULL Uninstaller only track the installation process up to the point where the reboot occurs and doesn't track the installation after the reboot?

Reply   |   Comment by Peter C1  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)
#15

@#4 The free version of Revo Uninstaller does not work for native x64 apps. It will only uninstall apps in the x86 Program Files folder. Since you are running Win 7 x64 it may be better for you to keep this program.

Reply   |   Comment by housry23  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#14

Already, people are missing the point of this. Full Uninstall needs to be called when installing new applications to trace them. Clearly, no trace is available for already-installed applications. Normally, I stay far away from these types of applications, but Full Uninstall is intriguing because it claims to trace file and registry changes in realtime when installing, rather than taking before and after snapshots.

A few things about installing on Windows. On Vista and higher, always, always extract files from .zip archives (like those from GOTD) before installing, because Windows only halfway treats archives as folders, and the temporary files cause problems with the Program Compatibility Assistant. If the installer isn't the Microsoft installer, the setup file should be named setup.exe (install.exe or something is also recognized). I don't know if newer versions of Windows, like Windows 7, recognize common installers, or if it's smart enough to recognize "setup" when it's the last word of the name. Like I keep saying, the Microsoft Installer doesn't have these issues.

Tracing rather than taking snapshots is interesting because in theory you can get an installation trace of what the installer did rather than the endless background processes. However, there are numerous issues. Installers can launch multiple processes to do portions of the installation, do those get traced? Does it handle tracing when the Program Compatibility Assistant reinstalls the app? Does it trace across required reboots which perform some of the installation (I don't see how)?

These forced uninstallations are tricky. Much of the time, parts of installation are one-way and cannot be undone. Associated installs, like for VC++ runtimes, generally should not be undone. In general, cache entries should not be undone, nor should some types of UI housekeeping.

Although I don't like these types of applications, I thought that this was interesting enough to take a look at. I set a Restore Point and installed it, but after seeing the installation trace via Blue Project SysTracer Pro (an early version was a previous Giveaway), I decided not to proceed outside of a VM, and right now I have neither the time nor free space (got a failing drive) to do that.

A couple of red flags were that Full Uninstall requested exclusion from the Program Compatibility Assistant, and it has a routine for setting the Program Compatibility Assistant Execution Level.

My recommendations for uninstalling remain the same. If at all possible, set a restore point before installing (most programs don't use the free Microsoft Installer which they should and everything from Microsoft uses). Make a quick decision, if uninstalling delete known user data which you don't need, run the application's uninstaller (Uninstall Programs or Add/Remove Programs depending upon your Windows version), then run System Restore. If it's been awhile, it's often best just to leave the application, and System Restore is only for very near-term use, as it's a form of rollback (what it does varies greatly by Windows version).

Programs like this always make me nervous that they may have messed with Access Control Lists, which SysTracer Pro doesn't trace (it has a vast array of features, and although they respond to bug reports they've refused to add some features which I think are very important). The Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer does, but that literally takes close to an hour and it crashes a couple of my autostart processes.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+114)
#13

@8 Sounds like the product that used to be offered by Quarterdeck before it was taken over by Symantec.

A similar uninstaller - in that it tracks the installation process (that can be obtained at approx 30% of normal market price if you search around) is Advanced Uninstaller Pro 2011 by Innovative Solutions.

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Lindrum  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

# anseio
Revo does allow you to monitor software installations, but then you have the Pro version (shareware).

Reply   |   Comment by Corno  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#11

Revo takes a while to do the job, but does get everything. I'll see how this rolls though

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-22)
#10

To 8. above, it depends what version of Revo you are looking at. The free version is rather crippled for Win-64 users and doesn't monitor. The pro version does monitor your installations (and is a bit more expensive than this one).

Reply   |   Comment by Felis Atagong  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
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