Ashampoo Uninstaller 8
I must admit that I am a bit biased in my views regarding the Ashampoo Uninstaller line of software. I have been using them for years and highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in keeping their computers cruft-free.
When Windows uninstalls a program it can leave behind a lot of remnants in its wake in the form of Registry entries, files, and folders. These are all useless, take up unnecessary disk space, and can even potentially slow down your computer. Compound these problems over years of installing/uninstalling software and you get the idea.
Ashampoo Uninstaller can eliminate all this remaining garbage by performing a thorough removal of your software– something Windows was never designed to do.
Uninstaller 8 installs on your computer system just as you would expect from a quality program from a trusted source. There are a few questions to answer during the installation, but nothing to get excited about.
There is an automatic 10-day trial period offered so you can try-before-you-buy, or if you already have a license, you can click the link labeled Enter key manually. The price for this software at the time of writing is discounted from $39.99 to $20 (US).
After installation, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was already a free update available that fixed a few minor issues. It shows me that Ashampoo is on top of their software by making sure you get a bug-free experience. This was immediately offered after the installation and I accepted. It was a brief and painless affair.
If you don’t have an Ashampoo account set up, then you will be asked to create one.
Ease Of Use
Whenever I begin using a new program, I like to check the settings. You never know what you’ll find in there and it’s a good idea to check out the default behavior. You can gain access to the Settings Menu by clicking the indicated Gear Icon in the upper-right of the Main Window.
Another thing to note here is that this Uninstaller program has the ability to run constantly in the background. Its purpose is to monitor any software you might install and to log any changes it makes to your system. I generally don’t like to have little-used background software running and for this reason, it is kept disabled on my system. If you should decide to install a program, you can always manually run Uninstaller 8 to log the installation for you. The advantage here is that a record of all the changes made to your system are logged and can be used to better completely uninstall the software at a later time.
To see a list of all the programs installed on your computer, simply click the Applications option in the left panel in the Main Window. This will open a new window with many choices to be had:
You can sort the list by varying criteria based on the Column Headers. To sort by installation date, for example, simply click on the Installed on header.
Once you choose a program by checking the box next to its name, you can click on a More Functions button which offers many more options than are available in the usual Windows Programs and Features utility. Once you have made your choice(s), simply click on the Uninstall button to begin the process. You can choose more than one program in order to uninstall them in bulk.
One of the truly sweet features in this software is the ability to uninstall sometimes difficult-to-remove Windows Apps. Some of them can be uninstalled from within Windows, but others are deemed untouchable by Microsoft. (For our own safety, no doubt.)
Clicking on Windows Apps in the left panel of the Main Screen will open a window similar to this one:
Five Universal Windows Programs (UWPs) — I dislike the slang, 8220;Apps” — were chosen in the above example and were sorted by Size. After clicking the Uninstall button, they had all magically been removed in a few seconds. Quick and easy! Great fun!
Note: Be careful about removing these UWPs. Some rely on others to operate properly and it’s not always readily apparent which ones need the others. My constant lament is to tell you to make backups and there is no reason for me to change now– make a backup of your system before uninstalling these programs.
Browser Plugins, Tools
There is no need to bore you with a complete list, but I should touch upon Browser Plugins and Tools.
Browser Plugins does exactly what you would expect. It provides a list of your browser plugins and gives you the choice of uninstalling them. You can list them by an individual browser, or see all of them at once.
The Tools section provides a list of additional components included with the main Uninstaller 8 program. They include, but are not limited to:
- Drive Cleaner
- Registry Optimizer
- Internet Cleaner
- Startup Tuner
…and the list goes on, but that should give you an idea of how complete this program is.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 8 lives up to my expectations. It is fast, easy to use, and provides some extra tools to help you manage your computer system in a more sensible manner than what Windows provides on its own.
For these reasons, I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in keeping their computers running smoothly and who want their systems running as well as they possibly can.