Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172050/htg-explains-should-you-use-a-third-party-uninstaller/
If you’re like most Windows users, you probably just uninstall programs by launching their uninstallers from the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel. But if you’re a geek, there’s a chance you’ve dabbled with a third-party uninstaller.
Strangely, outside certain Antivirus apps (Norton, Mcafee, Bulldog) and some vidcard drivers. Most apps applications do a pretty good job of cleaning up after themselves. One of the things they tend to leave behind are shared libraries and perhaps the settings but you can usually find these easily enough.
I'm a huge advocate of: Geek Uninstaller (free)
It's so damn fast and works really well
I've been using Revo Uninstaller Pro for several years now. It's on my essentials list. It gets rid of registry and AppData entries as well as other garbage left by an app's uninstaller. It amazes me how many software vendors are so bad when it comes to uninstalling their apps.
I've been using the MS complete uninstaller tool for a while now. It does a deeper search into the registry as to whats installed and then removes it or fixes registry related issues. This helps with programs that don't install/uninstall properly too.
This tool just runs and does not need to be installed. You can DL an offline copy or just run it from Microsoft's fix it page.
I am also a big fan of Revo Uninstaller Pro and have used it for about 4 years. I have never had it uninstall files or registry entries that should not have been. However, a word of caution though: when you get to the registry entries and directories be very careful that you read each one, follow back along the displayed path and understand what you are doing. If you are not sure do NOT delete!
I have used Revo (happily) for years but in the past few months I've noticed it doesn't recognize all programs...shockingly, the Windows 7 uninstaller does. I switched to an SSD a few months ago, but I don't know whether or how that would affect it. Still - RU is pretty useless unless I can find out what's happening.
Revo Free works as advertised. I really don't need anything else.
i have used Revo for years as well it work awesome dose not harm the system and removes all the leftover stuff its a great program.
Rizzoli, If your using Windows 7 64 bit, the (free version) of Revo uninstaller only works on 32 bit programs. The Revo Pro works on both 32 and 64 bit programs.
To be fair, if you're geeky enough you run into the same problems in Linux. Ever tried uninstalling something from Linux that was NOT installed by package manager?
Granted though, even then it is unlikely to have any negative impact on a Linux system.
All the more though it is a shame, that Microsoft didn't introduce an appstore for desktop software in parallel to the appstore for tablet apps.
technically it will still work with 64..it just isn't supported by them...but you are right that it is not going to always work pefectly but it will still work in general.
Well Linux also has the purge function that can cleanup useless files and packages...so even if you do install outside of a repo it can still be cleaned up.
I think they did but I think they made them only Metro Apps so still a terrible decision.
Revo free is misnamed, it is a 30 day trial. They require a separate purchase for each machine on which you want to use it. A pox on their house.
I didn't say the (FREE) Revo wouldn't work on Windows 7 64 bit. I have it on my windows 7 64 bit. I said it only works with the 32 bit programs on it.
Actually that's what I meant. "Desktop" in Windows 8 refers to the classical window-based environment just as well as to the hardware class. And ModernUI-Apps don't integrate into important productivity features of that environment I don't consider it an Appstore for the desktop.
 context menus, resizable windows allowing multiple programs at a time, maybe multiple instances of the same program at a time, not sure if the Modern UI has drag'n'drop between docked apps at least
Revo Free is free, Revo Pro has a 30 day trial.
Linux has Software Stores...just saying.
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