Windows has a built-in app uninstallation tool, but it's notorious for leaving behind traces of a program, leading to digital clutter over time than can be hard to clean up. This has invited a hostmore
Windows has a built-in app uninstallation tool, but it's notorious for leaving behind traces of a program, leading to digital clutter over time than can be hard to clean up. This has invited a host of third-party uninstallers to fix the problem, and here are the three that we'd recommend trying.
Revo Uninstaller displays your removable apps as a grid of icons by default, as though you were looking at the Windows desktop. You can also view it by a sortable list. It has all the features of Geek Uninstaller, and then some. When you uninstall something with Revo, it will automatically make a backup of your Windows Registry, and a restore point. This will make it easy to undo the uninstallation if that turns out to be a bad idea. Pressing Alt-O will open the Options menu, which contains a wealth of settings to customize Revo's behavior to your liking, such as automatically creating a daily backup of the Registry and toggling shell integration.
Geek Uninstaller is housed inside a little 7-megabyte file that you double-click to run. No actual installation process required, so you can run it from a USB thumb drive if you want, making it fully portable. It looks very similar to Windows 7's built-in uninstaller, but you get more options. It can show you where an app is installed, point to the website if the app publisher included that info, and even perform a Google search of the app's name. It can also generate an HTML file containing a list of all your installed software.
Like the other two, IObit can do a Google search of an app's name, and sort by install date, name, and size. The left-hand panel adds some helpful info: You can isolate which programs take up a lot of space, which ones were recently installed, and which ones are infrequently used. There's also a section just for Windows system updates, which can be helpful when troubleshooting issues with Windows itself. IObit also details detected browser plugins, though removal of those may break browser behavior.