How can I achieve a clean uninstallation?

Colette April 30, 2010
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I know that when I uninstall something it doesn’t completely uninstall. How do I remove all of the things I’m uninstalling from all parts of my computer?

  1. Oron Joffe
    May 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Revo Uninstaller is good, but I prefer ZSoft Uninstaller which has a simpler interface and is, to my mind, much more focused on that particular task.

  2. Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Agreed, Revo Uninstaller is one of the best utilities out there for clean removals.

  3. Taty
    May 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Revo Unistaller, like Tina suggested is a great option. If you are trying to uninstall a Windows program, Windows has its own removal utility at:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

  4. Jack Cola
    May 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Or you can make a backup of your computer, install the program, then install the backup again? But that would probably take a while.

    Have a read of this: http://blogs.howtogeek.com/mysticgeek/2008/04/29/completely-uninstall-programs-and-more-with-revo-uninstaller/

  5. Tina
    April 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Colette,

    Stefan wrote a very good article that should answer your question:
    How To Uninstall Applications Efficiently And Remove Obsolete Files

    In short, rather than using the respective program's uninstall option or going through add/remove programs in Windows, you should use an external application to uninstall applications. Stefan recommends Piriform CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller.

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