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Giveaway of the day — Soft Organizer 3.04

Soft Organizer allows you COMPLETELY uninstall unnecessary applications from your system.
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User rating: 563 (60%) 376 (40%) 63 comments

Soft Organizer 3.04 was available as a giveaway on April 24, 2013!

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A common problem we often face, 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. The Soft Organizer program is intended to solve this problem: It allows you COMPLETELY uninstall unnecessary applications from your system.

Soft Organizer 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, Soft Organizer completely removes an application when you order it to.

System Requirements:

Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP (x32/x64)

Publisher:

ChemTable Software

Homepage:

http://www.chemtable.com/soft-organizer.htm

File Size:

12.9 MB

Price:

$30

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#63

#20, Konstantin: running the application once during the traced install session does not solve the problem I mentioned it's called a work around for the current user profile ONLY. Those programs act the way they do because their developers know that often more than one user shares a computer, each having their own user profile.

Does the program know enough to spot the per user settings and ennumerate the other users profiles and offer to search for and remov similarly located folders/files/registry settings within other user profiles? If not then no the work around does not solve the problem just bodges a way around the problem for the current user only.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

It's a little late to give feedback, I suppose, but I just had it watch the installation of a huge (free but stay away!) photo-editing program that ended up installing FOUR applications (including a database manager) and making vast numbers of changes to the registry (including context-menu changes for many file types). I gave Soft Organizer a chance ... and boy, am I glad I did. Although it slowed the install and uninstalls down quite a bit, it found incredibly many registry changes and files that were left behind by the program's installation. Also, it knew that there were actually four programs that had been installed and walked through each of them, running the standard installer first then cleaning up traces.

As a techie and a PC user/programmer since the early '80s, I'm VERY skeptical of tools that purport to clean your system, etc., but wow, this thing made a huge difference and is a thus much, much better tool than I had expected. I guess I have another runs-at-startup application, because after today I'd feel uncomfortable letting any future installations run without the watchful eye this goodie provides.

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Jeff, you may install Soft Organizer over Full Uninstall. All your data will be reused. No uninstallation is necessary before install.

Reply   |   Comment by Konstantin (Developers team)  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

Jeff? you may install Soft Organizer over Full Uninstall. All your data will be reused. No uninstallation is necessary before install.

Reply   |   Comment by Konstantin (Developers team)  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

i know this gotd is over, but i would be concerned about an uninstaller that does not track changes on programs requiring a reboot during install. Developer says this will come in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by dylanc993  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Change the time on your computer to test time trial software.
Also the software 'Time Stopper' claims to define system time for any software and you can use trial software forever.

Reply   |   Comment by dwnldd  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#57

Re. #32 : vanierstein
Try Ashampoo Uninstaller 4 (now FREEly available) - not sure if the PAID for version can do the same, it has a very different UI.
First do a monitored install - but do not complete stage 3 of the procedure.
2nd. RUN the program a couple of times to ensure ALL registry alterations have been recorded - this includes updating where called for at time of installation.
3rd. Complete the monitoring registration by following on screen instructions.
4th. VERY IMPORTANT :immediately select the Uninstall option and choose to make a Re-Install (ERF) file.
Follow on-screen instructions to use AUTOMATIC removal.
This will then create your ERF which can then be used any time in future to re-install the software on same operating system.
At end of this stage, a message will appear stating ERF Created successfully.
Next, CANCEL the uninstall to leave the program installed OR continue if you really want to remove all the changes.

That should satisfy most eventualities. There are some detailed steps along the way to be followed as per on-screen messages.

Hope this helps, best of luck - and, persevere, the learning curve is worth the effort.

Reply   |   Comment by Tek Neek  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#56

Anyone that knows me knows that I am demanding when it comes to software or other peoples' input into my career work. I am uncompromising.

Having tested Soft-Organizer for the past 3/4 hour, I can honestly say that it performs well and lives up to its promises. Of course, there is NOTHING that would qualify as perfect software. Still this seems to do a credible job.

The only way anyone can decide whether this indeed is an unqualified success or anything below that is to try it.

The interface is clean and there can be no mistaking what operations can/will be carried out. Technically though, this is an approach that has been used for many years to monitor changes to the Windows registry. In the past, these utilities were okay at best. This seems to be quite a bit more improved.

Comments above talk about or refer to doing resets of trial or demo software. This software will not accomplish this in most cases. The reason being that it merely monitors the install process, NOT the registration/activation process. Thus I implore you to get the "total removal" out of your head and focus on "removal of all installer entries". That negates any need for REGISTRY CLEANERS and does an infinitely better job with 5 ***** better safety.

Now, I invite you to try this for yourself. I honestly deem this as very nice software that should be on EVERYONE's machine.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#55

I used this program to uninstall a program called "MiPony" It uninstalled OK but when doing a Regedit and typing Mipony in the find section, it found 12 items still in the registry. Although it had said that all items had been removed. I don't think there is any program that will delete ALL items from the registry. As to the Registration click on OTHER FUNCTIONS in Soft Organizer and then on About. It will show that the program is registered. License Type is for 2 personal PC's.

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Hi, bit late into Comments, but might help someone - First many thanks GAOTD and ChemTable.com for Today's Giveaway!:) Soft Organizer 3.04 is indeed a very useful Program and a keeper for me.

Secondly - Only as recent as yesterday I've been dealing with removing nasty advert laced prog called Yontoo from my PC (for which I used Wise Program Uninstaller and iobit uninstaller, both free, to see if I had any other "strange" unwanted Toolbars for instance that appeared of lately..) BTW, all of it most probably came with some free Game I tried to install and got more than I asked for (and with being careful what not to accept!..) Game got uninstalled promptly, nasties remained, but Internet pages impossible to navigate with regular ease afterwords. Thing is that Yontoo doesn't come on it's own, so hard to reckognize even names of the rest of them. It doesn't come "as a package" with Game either!
Here is something (free) that might help similar situation (second link to get familiar with what "adwcleaner" does and how to use it):

http://general-changelog-team.fr/en/tools/15-adwcleaner

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/adwcleaner-makes-adware-removal-easier-than-ever-windows/

Hope it helps.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#53

First of all great appreciation and thanks to all concerned to give us the oportunity to try this for free. The least we can do is to offer some feedback for trying the program and thereafter having the free use of it.

What I have found:
1. Trouble free installation and fast and efficient downloading.
2. Instant execution of the program with fast search and scanning.
3. This program is faster than Advanced Uninstaller

To improve the program
1. Replace the bland and clinical appearance, with a vibrant colourful face to make it more interesting and pleasing to the eye.
2. Give a more comprehensive, description of the action acieved with pre selective check boxes so as you can have more control of the desired result.
3. Add a section to the installed program screen to include previously uninstalled programes to add even quicker access and give the option of reinstalling a program you have mistakenly deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Vaughan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

I keep getting this error message when opening the program:

"The application was unable to start correctly (oxcooooo22). Click OK to close the application."

Now what?

Reply   |   Comment by Jlnum  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#51

@#38 (Roy)
I don't know about this particular program, but the better ones will not delete a DLL if it's a later version than what was installed with the particular program you're uninstalling. So if you uninstall program #1, it wouldn't delete a DLL of the same name that was put there by program #6.

However, if you uninstall program #6 but wanted to keep program #1, I don't know, that might be an issue. I'd ask the uninstall program's support folks about it, and if they can't provide a satisfactory answer, pass on that program.

Reply   |   Comment by FarFlung  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#50

I'm having terrible problems uninstalling Adobe Flash Player. Does anyone know if this software will uninstall Adobe Flash?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike H  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

@ Don Rull et al
Re.
"Cnet does not require the use of their download manager. Simply click on the direct download link and you are able to download without the installer."
It was a great place to download stuff when they were download.com, but not no more! For a long time now I've avoided Cnet like the plague, because of their pop-ups, jump-ups and because I had to click to clear or minimize the junk they slap on my screen, plus the who-knows-what they include in their wrappers and installers these days.

To try your advise, I just visited Cnet, and once my pointer became eventually functional again, I tried unsuccessfully to find such "direct download" link on their website. As it stands, I must download their 'downloader' first and then run it to download the software. Cute!
And lately same goes for Softonic.
So, if I can't download it either directly or through FileHippo, or through Brothersoft or through Majorgeeks, then I can do without it.
:-)

Reply   |   Comment by JuanDeLosPalos  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#48

Hallo,
1.does anyone know, how this software compares to martau total uninstaller?
2.@Andrew: which is the program you tested as the best uninstaller?
thank you for feedbacks

Reply   |   Comment by givvy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#47

Just change the date on your computer to test trial software.
Also The free 'Time Stopper' App claims to reset the timed trial indefinitely.

Reply   |   Comment by dwnld  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#46

Nice update to Full Uninstall. Unfortunately there are no updates included. The versions of Full Uninstall that have been given away in the past had a full update subsription.

Reply   |   Comment by Ulf  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#45

WARNING!!! This program deletes Full Uninstall completely with all traced logs during setup without any warnings!!! I lost the install logs of two years!!! How do i get my logs back???

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#44

#38 Roy
Some DLL’s ones used by many programs, generally but not always, the Windows OS will increment a counter in the registry that shows a number of programs that use this DLL. When the program uninstalls properly this counter is decremented by one.
On the other hand the program writer could include this program in the folder where the application is installed and the application will use this one, other programs that use the same DLL stored in a different place will not be affected when this is removed.
Some considerable time ago someone used to recommend removing a number of DLLs that he considered superfluous, not a good idea as the registry information could now be compromised.

Regarding today's program, I have been using a version of Full Uninstall prior number of years and found it excellent.

Someone commented that certain trial programs are not fully uninstalled and cannot be reinstalled again because the system knows the date or number of users has been exceeded.

From a programmer's point of view is a very simple as some time during the programs use information is written to the registry or new file is created, this will not be picked up by the install/uninstall program, when it is found by the trial program it will not run again.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

If the sum and substance of what it does is as described above, then this program has one of the, if not the, most misleading names ever, at least in English, which must not be the native language of the person who came up with such a misleading name. They must have thought it would sound good for marketing purposes, but in actuality the fact that it is patently misleading will probably cause them marketing problems.

Reply   |   Comment by loving thesixties  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Just Curious: If you uninstall this program, does it leave any traces?

Reply   |   Comment by Amo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#41

@Lon [40.],
You can uninstall any program even if installed "after installing this uninstaller".
If you want to uninstall with their 'snapshot' feature - you need to do a 'snapshot' before and after to subsequent installations.

Reply   |   Comment by majoMo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Konstantin (Developers team):

I have Full Uninstall (previous name of this software). Love it because it is so fast. Is this a replacement software?

Will Soft Organizer be able to access the Full Uninstall's database to remove previously installed software?

Can I install over Full Uninstall, or should I uninstall Full Uninstall before installing.

I have read in the comments that Soft Organizer takes a long time to run. The beauty (for me) was that Full Uninstall was rather quick. Why does the new version apparently take a much longer time to take before & after snapshots?

I have also used Ashampoo Uninstaller, and it took forever. It is still on my machine, and even though I us Full Uninstall to monitor a new install of a new program by running it BEFORE I install the new program, Ashampoo Uninstaller detects the installation of a new program on its own (as I believe Full Uninstall will do) and wants to monitor it. I have on occasion allowed it to do so. Two questions regarding this:

Will doing so interfere with Full Uninstall's or Soft Organizer's installation monitoring (or vice versa)?

When an installation monitoring/removal program such as Full Uninstall, Soft Organizer, or Ashampoo Uninstaller monitoring a programs installation when it has been initiated AFTER the installation began (auto monitoring) be able to take a snap shot of the registry and other files if the program is already in the installation process? It seems to me many of the changes would already have been made by the time the snap process is underway?


Finally, this is version 3. How can there be a major version change so soon, since this was just released? (Unless versions 2 & 3 were Full Uninstall versions.)

Best regards,

Jeff

Reply   |   Comment by JWS  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#39

Will this uninstall programs installed before installing this program, or only programs installed AFTER installing this uninstaller? How can it know what's miscellaneous from before it is installed?

Reply   |   Comment by Lon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

@ Konstantin [29.],
"The users will have an option to store the uninstall program’s leftovers for delayed removal (after reboot or whenever)."

Thanks a lot for the info! It will be great since most uninstaller can't do that.

Reply   |   Comment by majoMo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

read most of the comments ...
one thing kept on nagging on my mind ...
what if I installed a program #1
then I installed programs #'s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and those happen to install same file, say a .dll or whatever it may be ...
then I uninstalled the program #1
would this mean that this particular (.dll here) would be missing for the other programs (#'s 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)?

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#36

I also have been using Revo Uninstaller for many years. I like it so much I bought the Pro version.

Reply   |   Comment by Coly Moore  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#35

Thanks to ChemTable.com and GOTD.
I have been using Revo Uninstaller for many years. Soft-Organizer will not displace Revo in my PC.

Though many uninstallers claim to remove ALL traces of a software, this is usually not true.

After you have "uninstalled" using any uninstaller, please run the freeware named RegSeeker and search using partial name or full name of the software that you have just uninstalled.

You usually see RegSeeker detect a list of entries related to that removed software still remaining within your Registry.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#34

Kevin @#15: Do you know of a free uninstaller that does pass this test?

Reply   |   Comment by Dunkerella  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#33

I also was surprised at the name of todays GAOTD, it would be so easy to skip as a useful Uninstaller.

It came to my attention from the comments from FarFlung (23 above)that there is no room for comments on a particular GAOTD offer after the period expires. It would be useful to have FarFlungs test outcome published in some form or other "post" GAOTD timeframe.

Feasach

Reply   |   Comment by Feasach  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#32

I hardly need uninstallers nowadays.
Mostly I will install apps (including GOTD) into a (test) VM, test it out, and if don't like it, just delete away the (test) VM.
No hassles about uninstalling and rogue/leftover registry entries.
Simple as that!

And if I like the app, I just install it into another (non-test) VM and continue using the app.
No more tons of registry entries flooding the actual Windows registry, keeping my system as good as new.

Reply   |   Comment by EW  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#31

Esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen of the Comments section Forum: Of Particular interest to me,is the ability to "Re-Install" "Trial" Software.Giovanni,of course,points to AUP. JMJsquared points to Comodo Program Manager.Andrew mentions,but does not name,the uninstaller he has in mind.If someone knows of an uninstaller that will allow you to uninstall and re-install trial software(this applies in particular ,to some DVD ripping software that must be continually updated for reasons inherent to staying on the bleeding edge of "Ripping".)Perhaps, coupled with "Regseeker",is ANY free uninstaller software capable of accomplishing such a feat?And if not freeware,paid programs ??? I would be willing to listen to my more knowledgeable Colleagues of the GOTD Forum expound on this ,at great length,because this finite point intrigues me in GREAT detail.(And how to accomplish it !!!! ) Thanks, again,Ashraf,Giovanni,and all other Commenters ,you are always increasing my knowledge!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by vanierstein  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#30

Apparently one cannot use Soft Organizer to remove Soft Organizer..

Reply   |   Comment by gogoi  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#29

It's a dream for me
I've used this "Soft Orniger" for few month but this cracked now thanks to GOTD i can use this for free
It's very simple but effective. Many Uninstaller programs now have many features which not really nescessary for the users.
I hope GOTD bring Total uninstall for everyone in the future
thanks again

Reply   |   Comment by linhannah  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#28

majoMo, the support of programs which requires reboot will be added to the next release. The users will have an option to store the uninstall program's leftovers for delayed removal (after reboot or whenever).

Reply   |   Comment by Konstantin (Developers team)  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#27

#7: "I have always avoided this type of installation monitoring as I guess I don’t completely understand some points about it. Perhaps someone can explain? Suppose I install Program A on Monday. Then Program B, C, and D on Tuesday. On Wednesday I decide to use this to uninstall Program A. Won’t this have some effect on Programs B, C, and D?"

The main problems you can encounter over-relying on uninstall apps IMHO are: 1) lots of stuff like Windows logs & loads of registry entries change constantly when Windows is running [run Sysinternals Process Monitor if you want to see just how much] 2) lots of registry values that change or are created during install are temporary 3) you're right to ask if app installs are sort of intertwined -- they may or may not be 4) some apps have bad install routines or do things themselves to Windows that they shouldn't, so removing them entirely breaks something 5) if/when drivers are added, removing them can sometimes get more involved to minimize the risk that Windows won't start. And if you go the before/after snapshot route, the more software you have installed, the more files you have on your system drive [C:], the longer it takes, & it can take a Looonnng time. That's not only boring but means more irrelevant registry changes will be recorded.

Now IMHO on the Plus side: 1) if you use Time Freeze or similar, or set a Restore Point in win7/8, or have just done a backup, if you find installing whatever app did bad things because you monitored that install, you can go back to the way things were before you installed it. OTOH if you didn't monitor the install, by the time you figure out you want or need to remove that app, you might have already added other software or updated Windows etc., so restoring a daily backup to put things back isn't a great option. 2) if you don't monitor an install, very often there's no way to fully remove an app, & in fact uninstalling it normally may do little more than delete some of the files in the program's folder.

That said, if you have *Any* app remove or reverse a software install, the Big Gotcha is that there's no substitute for human intelligence, experience, & good judgement... If you read the comments whenever there's a registry cleaner or Windows optimizer on GOTD, you know it caused problems for some people, & others will recommend you review every change that app proposes. An uninstall app that recorded just what happened during a software install can only do 2 things without your intervention -- it can remove or reverse only those changes that a built-in set of rules says are safe [& those rules may or may not be any good], or it can reverse everything & hope for the best -- so for best [or often even good] results you need to be involved in the process... it's something that like using the registry cleaners needs to be very hands on.

What I've been doing for years is monitoring the installation of any/all software in a minimal [i.e. hardly any software installed] Virtual Machine, restoring that VM to its original minimal state afterwards. In some cases I can simply copy the app to my regular Windows avoiding what can be a lot of impact from the install routine itself, e.g. some apps will add & use 1 registry key, but the installation will add over 100. In other cases I store a copy of those installation records in the program's folder, so if I uninstall it later I know where to look for leftovers. And when I can't just copy an app from a VM to regular Windows, I consider the installation's impact on Windows when I decide if it's a keeper.

To me it's worth it because I really, Really don't like to re-install Windows & then set everything up & add all my software etc. Loads of folks don't mind that sort of thing at all, & to them the extra work I put in monitoring installs & such wouldn't likely be worth the time & effort, even though most days I'm talking less than an hour to check our 3 - 6 apps -- Windows itself is pretty resilent & can take an awful lot of registry & file bloat before it starts slowing down so you'd notice. I also lean towards being very risk adverse -- I'm sure loads of people use uninstallers & registry cleaners on autopilot & the majority I *think* don't have problems.

* * *

#9: "@dadams NO it wont affect your other installed programs earlier or later installed.It will uninstall just as windows uninstaller but also cleans registry which will be leftover by most software and they take up disk space so these software removes those and free up your disk."

That's actually where in my experience totally reversing changes can cause problems. If/when an app is selfcontained, e.g. VLC, removing it doesn't matter to your other installed software. But say app X adds a couple few dll files to Windows, & later you add app Y which also uses those same dll files -- totally reversing the changes X made inevitably breaks Y. The same sort of thing can happen in the registry, where app Y makes the same Windows-related changes as app Z, so reversing those changes when you remove Y breaks Z. It can get complicated if installing app A redirects Windows & your other software to now use files in its program folder [instead of those belonging to Windows], especially if related Windows files are updated -- I've come across some cases, e.g. Roxio apps, where some stuff can't be removed or else you'll have to re-install Windows to get that functionality back. If/when an app adds drivers/services removing them can be very tricky, & may cause Windows not to start.

Now that sort of stuff doesn't happen with every app install, maybe shouldn't happen at all in many cases but whatever dev broke the rules so-to-speak... the important thing is it happens -- using an uninstaller app, or even manually reversing the effects of a install is not entirely risk free. As always, backup to provide yourself with a way out.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
#26

I know this is nit-picking at the details, but "This can happen even if an application was removed correctly with its own uninstaller."
So if it was removed correctly, technically we wouldn't be needing this kind of software?

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#25

It sounds like there's no portable version?

Reply   |   Comment by Warren  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#24

For those folks who can't tell so far if they are registered or not, you are... Look at the inner-program link "Other Functions" > About, on the left side. It should show it as "Registered" as well as telling you the current version, a link to some FAQs, and another if you would like to check for Updates. No action from you was required for registration, as long as you were hooked up to the www.

This Giveaway is very impressive so far. Very professionally done. It gathers a LOT of system information about each install, even if it was not a "Traced" install, and that info is very easy to access in each case. It pointed out some things I didn't even know were installed, one was Adware and is there no more! It easily breaks down the various Registry Keys for you, as well as any Files that were added or changed. Revo Uninstaller is hard to beat, but this one may be in the running... And Revo is no longer FreeWare.

The only "Con" I see so far is that it didn't want to terminate after the Uninstall was complete. And it didn't want to do anything else either. I had to resort to a "Kill" program to force termination. Hopefully that's just a fluke, but only time will tell, after I attempt some more Uninstalls, along with some "Traced" Installs.
(I too was a long-time user of ZDnet's INCTL4 to track system changes).

Overall, I'd give this at least a 4, if not a 5. And that's only due to the mysterious lock-up at the end. Give it a spin. If you don't like it, there's always the old standard Revo Uninsaller with which to yank it. Revo, the old flawless standard which I have sworn by for many a year.

-JC

Reply   |   Comment by JC  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#23

It seems that "Soft Organizer 3.04" is unable to uninstall an app. (through 'snapshot' feature) that require to reboot (like e.g. 'Zsoft Uninstaller' can do).
Can someone confirm this? Or if it is forecasted to allow that? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by majoMo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

You can read all the reviews and opinions you want and decide for yourself the merits of 'thumbs up' versus 'thumbs down'. But here's how you REALLY tell, FOR YOURSELF if any uninstall program works (I can tell you up front NONE of them work 100% as advertised, but hey, see for yourself). Here's how to do it:

(1.) Pick 3-4 trial versions of programs (this is necessary because any uninstaller will COMPLETELY remove some programs but I haven't found one yet that will completely remove ALL programs).

(2.) Install the program according to the uninstaller's instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions TO THE LETTER.

(3.) Make sure when you install the trial program you DO NOT install it into the default location suggested by the trial program. Create your own folder into which to install the program. You'll see why in Step 6A.

(4.) Run the trial program and check that you have the full 30 days (or whatever the trial is set up for) remiaining in the trial. After a couple of days, check again; the trial program will indicate that you will now have 28 days (or whatever) left in the trial.

(4A). If the uninstaller you're using is the type that monitors the installation, run the trial program at least TWICE while the uninstaller is still monitoring. This is because some programs create extra files/registry entries the first time or second time you run them. Also, if there are multiple users on your computer, it's important NOT to run the trial program under any other user profile until you've finished with this testing. This is because files/registry entries may be created under the different user profiles that may not get removed.

(5.) Using the uninstaller, and again following its instructions TO THE LETTER, remove the trial program. Make sure to reboot your computer after removal (because some files can't be deleted right away, but will be deleted when you reboot).

(6.) Install the program again, according to the uninstaller's exact instructions.

(6A.)If the suggested install location is the same as what you had created in Step 3, then the uninstaller has FAILED. The trial program should not "remember" your custom install location, so something had to have been left behind that gave it that information.

(6B). Even if the suggested install location is not the one you created in Step 3, complete the install, then check to see how many days are left in the trial. If it's anything but 30, or anything less than the FULL number of days the triel is set up for, then again the uninstaller has FAILED. Something had to be left behind that's counting the number of day left in the trial.

Try this with 3-4 different TRIAL VERSIONS of programs. In all likelihood, you will find that most uninstallers will work with some programs, but as I found, you will find that NONE of them work with ALL programs.
Now, to be fair, I haven't tried today's Giveaway yet, but I'm going to. I'll put it to the same test, as I do all uninstallers. Unfortunately, I won't be able to report back with results...that's why you need to try the above test yourself. You can believe the reviews and opinions of others if you want to, but by this test, you will KNOW.
I can confidently say that MOST uninstallers DON'T work MOST of the time. A few of them do work a lot of the time, but NONE of them work ALL of the time (at least none I have found so far). Please don't take my word for that. Test it for yourself!

Reply   |   Comment by FarFlung  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)
#21

CJCotter, Cnet does not require the use of their download manager. Simply click on the direct download link and you are able to download without the installer. Reading a page and common sense may be the best way to avoid unwanted software add-ons ad advertising.

Reply   |   Comment by Don Rull  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#20

This is a great Application that, with its predecessor "FullUninstall", I personally have used for more than two years with EXCELLENT results.

The feature that is unique and that I like most is that it displays all Registry changes IMMEDIATELY after an application's monitored installation. You can choose the option to monitor ALL installations and, therefore, no *forced uninstallation* feature is required.

THE GREATEST FEATURE of this Application is its Developer Team, especially Roman Polyakov. They are truly top-shelf and, through their Forum, provide everyone with superb, personalized support, if necessary. I know: I bricked a machine and had almost one-on-one tech support until the issue was resolved.

A close second, because of its ease of use, is a free program, COMODO Program Manager, which, in addition to monitoring ALL installations, can also create an executable Program RE-INSTALLER.

Reply   |   Comment by JMJsquared  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#19

TK, it is always recommended to run the installed program at least once during the traced installation of an application in Soft Organizer. This helps to solve the problem you described.

Reply   |   Comment by Konstantin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#18

The programs description states it finds the extra things to uninstall by tracking the setup process changes so it can find all the changes made to be able to undo them BUT...

Not all programs create user based profile registry changes/keys or files during the setup/install processes, many do not create the user based settings/profiles or completion of setup until the program is first run within a given windows profile. So only when the main execuatble of the program is executed within the current users profile will a whole bunch of application related junk (I mean data) be revealed), not to mention stuff that may be then placed in Vista and aboves per user VirtualStore of write protected locations by badly written applications that won't be tracked during setup time and won't be removed by standard uninstall routines!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#17

Try installing a shareware with very short trial period, or better with a very limited number of times of use before it deactivates, prompting you to buy it. Try exceeding the time of use, uninstall with the uninstaller, and re-install again, if it acts as if it is the first time you install it, beginning another trial period. If it does, then we can really say that no trace of any installation is left behind. Unfortunately, very few can come near to this standard. I only know of one that come near this standard, but still not quite.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#16

I've been using Advanced Uninstaller Pro for years and this doesn't make me want to change, especially since it is otherwise payware.

Were I to pay for an uninstaller, I'd pay for this (almost) unknown program

http://crystalidea.com/

called (simply) Uninstall Tool. It's the fastest, easiest, and most effective of its type that I've tried; both monitored and unmonitored. In fact, when I tried it, it was so unobtrusive that I thought it hadn't done anything ... until I used it to uninstall. It got the 2 programs I tested completely removed. At $25, Uninstall Tool is expensive but still cheaper than this.

If you don't want to pay, stick with AUP. Its monitoring is glacially slow (about the same as this offering) but it works very well and it is always free. Otherwise, check out UT.

Reply   |   Comment by V|V  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#15

same as White Flirt(14) above. installs ok in win8 x64 but doesn't show any indication it is registered.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

I was not provided a registration key. The program installed but when I viewed the registration info, it shows a place to register.

Am I missing a registration key?
Will this software expire after a certain amount of time?

Reply   |   Comment by White Flirt  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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