Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Revo Uninstaller : Uninstall a program that is difficult to uninstall.

The uninstall of software is a big matter. I have seen users delete program shortcuts on their desktop, thinking they just removed the program. Removing the shortcut icon to the program on your desktop will not remove the program.

Uninstalling is like reverse engineering and it is a whole other process in itself. The problem with the uninstall process is that it is not as systematic, orderly and precise as the install process. In Windows your options to uninstall, is either an “uninstaller” provided by the software maker (usually located on the Start Menu with the program) or by using the “Add/Remove” component (in Windows XP) or “Uninstall or Change a Program” component (in Vista, which is under “Programs and Features). Both of these components can be reached by using the Windows “Control Panel”.

These options are about 90 percent on target with the uninstall process; however, they leave traces of the program behind (such as the program folders, user folders, writes to the registry, stray files, autorun entries, etc.). Most users do not know where or how to look for the debris left behind. Installing and Uninstalling software can have a cumulative negative effect on the overall operation of your computer. This is one of the reasons I personally will look for and use portable software options, when available, to eliminate this shotgun effect.

To assist users with uninstalling software on their computer, a program that I have had good results with is a program, which is “FREE”, called Revo Uninstaller.

Revo Uninstaller (Windows) is a free (and paid) application that makes an extra effort to make sure you have a clean uninstall of a program. It scans your computer for remaining bits and pieces of the uninstalled software after the standard uninstaller does its job and makes sure the program has been completely removed. In addition it includes a few other tools meant to clean your hard disk of unwanted files from previous installations and otherwise.

Checkout Revo Uninstaller.

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