I was always a fan of the IObit uninstaller until this morning. It popped up an update message, I allowed it but all I got was three programs I didn’t ask for. Nor was I given any opt-out options. Not a fan anymore.
For uninstallers, I also had Revo Uninstaller and you can get it at this Revo Uninstaller free download page.
One of the downsides of Revo is that the free version doesn’t allow you to uninstall more than one program at a time. So go and either download the installer or the portable version and run it.
The program should automatically open to a list of your installed programs.
I’m going to uninstall an old version of my income tax software called StudioTax 2019. I could just highlight that line and click on the Uninstall button at the top, or right-click it and click on Uninstall in the Context menu.
Then you get a message asking if you are sure you want to uninstall with an option to make a System Restore point. I kept that one checked.
Then click on Continue.
You’ll get a message asking if you are sure you want to uninstall this product? Click on Yes, if you’re sure. The uninstaller will run. Depending on the program being uninstalled, you might get some prompts.
When finished, click on the Scan button. This searches for left-over bits, the first being registry entries.
After the scan, click on Select All then Delete. Another confirmation prompt. Click Yes.
Then it will show you any left-over files. Again, Select All and Delete. And confirm. And that’s it.
You can also use this program to remove Windows Apps. Click on the button in the top menu.
If you click on the Tools button across the top you’ll get a side menu that pops out that gives you access to a few more utilities.
The Autorun Manager — Helps manage Start-up items.
Windows Tools — It’s like a mini-control panel to Windows components.
Junk Files Cleaner, Browsers Cleaner, Microsoft Office Cleaner, Windows Cleaner — They help you to remove temporary junk files from various programs.
And finally, in case you’re wondering what the Hunter Mode button is for. You click on it and it minimizes to system area. You will get a target icon on your Desktop. You drag and drop it on an icon for a program to uninstall.
Release it and a menu pops up with the following options:
- Uninstall – Starts the Forced Uninstall module of Revo Uninstaller Pro
- Stop Auto Starting – Disables the application from automatically starting with Windows
- Kill – Forcibly stops/closes the application
- Kill and Delete – Forcibly stops, and deletes the application
- Open Containing Folder – Opens the folder containing the selected program in Windows Explorer
- Search at Google for – Use it to search online using Google for the program’s name or publisher. This will open your default web browser and display the results of the search
- Properties – Show the application executable file’s properties
- Cancel – Cancels the operation
I just tried this on a program called Speccy. I dragged the target over the Speccy icon and let go. It came up with the following screen, and when I clicked on Next it ran through the same procedures as if you were uninstalling through the main interface.