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windows software removal toolWhen was the last time you wanted to uninstall something from your computer? Was it easy to do? Could you find the program to uninstall in the default Windows software removal tool? Could you even find where the uninstall tool in Windows is? I don’t mean that to insult your intelligence. But the fact is, finding it isn’t the easiest thing to do if you don’t know where to start. And even if you know how to uninstall a program with the native Windows tool, it isn’t always the best way.

First, there aren’t many options. Second, program files are often left behind and not completely erased from your computer. However, Absolute Uninstaller fills this void and that is why it is on our Best Of Windows Software List for uninstallers.

The Installation Is Easy – Bonus: No Added Programs

Absolute Uninstaller is an easy to install program (as it should be). You simply need to click “next” and “accept” all the way though. Now, you may do that already with all your other programs and if so, you should probably stop A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk Picture this - you've just found this awesome free software that you are stoked about because of all that it can do for you, but when you install it, you discover that it is packed... Read More . Many free programs come with additional software packaged into the setup of the program you want to install. Now, you can always opt out if it’s a legitimately good program. However, some are still sneakier than others as I complained about in my review about IObit Smart Defrag IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows] IObit Smart Defrag: A Superb Hard Drive Defragmentation & Optimization Tool [Windows] Do you defrag your hard drive? If not, you should and you must understand the importance before you read on. There are some excellent articles on MakeUseOf which discuss defragmenting, but perhaps the best and... Read More .

That said, I was impressed that there were no additional programs packaged with Absolute Uninstaller that you need to worry about accidentally installing during the setup.

Exploring Absolute Uninstaller

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After the installation, go ahead and run Absolute Uninstaller to see what it can do – I think you’ll be impressed. It has quite a few useful features, including:

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  • Batch Uninstall
  • Searching for programs
  • Removing entries
  • Restoring removed entries
  • Modifying properties
  • Viewing program support info
  • Command line
  • Showing Windows updates
  • Autofixing invalid entries
  • Backing up and restoring uninstall info
  • Exporting application list

Most of these features are pretty self explanatory, but we’ll briefly touch upon a few.

Batch Uninstall

It’s quite cumbersome to remove program after program. Often you want to just scan through the list first. But if you have several programs to be removed, what are you to do? Write them all down? It’d be nice if you could just check a box of each program and then uninstall one after the other. Well, Absolute Uninstaller can do that.

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Modifying Properties

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If for some reason you want to change the name or command line of a program in the list, you can do so by clicking Modify Properties.

Viewing Program Support Info

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This is often helpful in finding out a little bit more about the program and where it is installed.

Command Line

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The great thing about this feature is it is always being displayed – no extra buttons to click. Of course, if you prefer to disable it (enabled by default) you can by going to View and unchecking Show Command Line.

Showing Windows updates can also be controlled under the View menu.

AutoFix Invalid Entries

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This option is under Edit and is excellent if there is ever an error with a program entry in Absolute Uninstaller.

Backup/Restore Uninstall Info & Export Application List

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These options are under File. Backing up and restoring uninstall info isn’t a feature you’d think of needing, which is nice that it’s included. Before going through and making any changes to the programs (such as removing entries), take the time to quickly back up. It saves it as a registry file. Then if you make any mistakes, you can easily restore the list back to the prior settings.

Exporting the application list can definitely come in handy when migrating to a new computer and you want a list of all the programs you previously used. You can then save the list in a text file.

Ease Of Uninstalling Programs

The uninstallation process goes quite smoothly and quickly. If there are other program files left behind from the uninstaller, Absolute Uninstaller will detect them and prompt you to remove them.

Other Notable “Features”

One other feature that’s nice is that recently added programs are marked with the label, “New!

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Some Needed Improvements

Although Absolute Uninstaller, overall, is solid, there are some things that should be changed and added. In the bottom left corner the total number of programs is displayed. However, nowhere is the amount of total space used by the programs displayed.

Also, the sizes of the programs aren’t visible in a column, but only once you click on a program. In addition, you can’t sort by size either.

The columns also can’t be adjusted or customized. They are the way they are and that is what you get. It some aspects it makes it simple and gives the program a clean look. In other ways, it’s nice to have that control and just be able to make some minor adjustments.

Conclusion

Overall, Absolute Uninstaller is an excellent alternative to the default Windows program. It isn’t the only uninstaller available, as we’ve reviewed other applications such as Revo Uninstaller Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Read More , GeekUninstaller GeekUninstaller Will Uninstall Programs You Thought You Couldn't [Windows] GeekUninstaller Will Uninstall Programs You Thought You Couldn't [Windows] When it comes to third-party uninstallation software, everyone knows of Revo. It's often considered to be the top of that class. However, many alternatives exists and it's great to offer the MUO audience a choice.... Read More and IObit Uninstaller How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller Read More . How does Absolute Uninstaller compare to those? Just like most programs it has its strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately it is up to your personal preferences and that is why it’s great that we have choices available.

If you’ve been looking for an alternative to Windows uninstaller, do give Absolute Uninstaller a try. Do you use it? How do you feel it compares to the Windows default? How about to the other alternatives if you’ve used those?

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