It works more uniquely than others and does a fine job to remove leftovers in most circumstances.
|License||Free (Limited features)|
|Monitors before-and-after installation to remove files and registry entries. Portable version available.|
|Need to tell the program to monitor an installation before you do the install.|
My choice is Revo Uninstaller, an uninstaller that works more uniquely than others. It can uninstall a program without the need to monitor its installation.
It works by scanning a hard drive and registry for files that would otherwise be left behind. It removes all the program’s files, auto start entries and all noticeable registry entries. When you ask Revo to uninstall a program, it first looks for the product’s uninstall program and will run that program if it is found. Only if the search fails will it try to remove files and registry entries itself.
However, it is possible that a few registry entries and files can sometimes be left over after the process is finished. I ran some tests by getting Revo to uninstall a product whose installation I had monitored using ZSoft Uninstaller to see that all files are accounted for during the uninstallation. Revo did a fine job, though not quite as well as an able user would do manually. There were still some files remaining, notably files stored in the user/local settings folder, but they did no harm other than taking up disk space, and they certainly would not interfere with the normal operation of the PC.
Revo can also act as a before-and-after uninstaller, but frankly this is not its forte. The freeware utility ZSoft Uninstaller is a better choice for this.
That said, I was very impressed by Revo. It is the only freeware product I know of that will make a decent job of cleaning up a failed install. Next time you encounter a failed install, remember Revo. It does a fine job in most circumstances and offers a lifeline to average users, even though it is not perfect in its un-installation.
This freeware product has a portable version for Windows and a mobile version for Android. It is good enough for average users but if you need more, a paid-for Pro version has added features, like removal of browser extensions and remnants of already uninstalled programs.