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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.


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?

  1. Mark
    March 26, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I always use it on a regular basis to cleanup old stuff. It's very good and reliable, the recent version added nice improvements. Highly suggested to all pc owners and one of the first programs to install after windows.
    found a review worh reading here as well:

  2. harley bellwood
    February 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I like Revo Uninstaller but it doesn't work with 64 bit, I use IoBit Uninstaller and it works well.

  3. Nancy B
    February 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Now I go to my desktop and it's there and some sort of freeware tab?
    I'm confused!

  4. Nancy B
    February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    OK just tried to install Absolute Uninstaller..... message came up:

    Unable to execute file:
    C:\Program Files\Absolute Uninstaller\uninstaller.exe

    Create Process failed; code740
    The requested operation requires elevation.

    So what does that mean? Why didn't install?
    Is it in the pc and I have to re-try or what?

  5. hotdoge3
    January 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    5 Secrets about Comodo Programs Manager

    Monitors and records every change so it can be totally undone at uninstallation
    On-access scanner alerts you if a setup file contains a virus, worm or Trojans
    Allow you to easily manage programs, drivers and Windows features
    Allow you to easily manage programs, drivers and Windows features

    All so if you get a update it notes it one time one setup had spyware and stop it and told me. (and it free):-

  6. Rubis Song
    January 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Great software. Especially the Batch Uninstall! Thanks

  7. Kirby
    January 24, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Thumbs up for batch uninstall

    I still use Ccleaner though since it is portable.

  8. vineed gangadharan
    January 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Ravuama Nayago
    January 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Great software - really useful

  10. Venkateswara Swamy Swarna
    January 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for one more choice. Right now Revo is doing a good job, but it is good to have choice.

  11. Efi Dreyshner
    January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Prefer Revo Uninstaller...

  12. pete jr. josue
    January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    you can uninstall some programs using CCleaner too...
    but i think Glarysoft's uninstaller has its edge...

  13. Tim
    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    All of the programs mentioned work well, especially because they also check and remove registry and file leftovers.

    GeekUninstaller is the best and quickest when removing just a few programs. It doesn't offer a batch mode.

    IOBit is the best for batch uninstalling multiple programs.

    Revo is also pretty good, but doesn't support 64-bit programs in the free version and is much slower than the others.

    Absolute Uninstaller suffers from many bugs and hasn't been updated since 2011. It's quick and I would rank it at #1 or #2 but because it has many issues I have to rank it near the bottom. If you batch uninstall a bunch of programs, it either locks up or just stops uninstalling (but not locked up), then you have close and restart the program. Once you do this, you've lost the ability to have it clean the registry of the programs it removed before locking up.

    The ultimate would be if someone would come up with one that batch uninstalls, removes registry and file leftovers, but does it completely automatically or "silently" with no interaction from the user. PC Decrapifier is the closest thing to that, but only works with a small amount of known bloatware and is hardly ever updated.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks for your input on this Tim! I hadn't had it lock up on me at all, but perhaps I didn't push it to its limits either.

      I would have to agree with you that Geek Uninstaller is the best. I'm a Revo fan as well, but I find myself using Geek Uninstaller more and more. Like you said, Absolute Uninstaller is decent and, personally, I feel that it's great to just have options.

      Thanks for your comment.

      • Tim
        January 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        It doesn't do it every time, but I've used it on client computers that have maybe 20 or 30 crapware programs and it chokes up somewhere along the way. I've noticed using IOBit, that it actually could be the program's native "uninstaller" that causes the problem. IOBit chokes on some Yahoo software consistently but I've found that if you open the task manager, the hung app always starts with au_*** and can be killed to let IOBit continue. You can maybe do the same thing with Absolute Uninstaller, but I don't know that the hung app would be as easy to find.

        Lot's of good options out there. Honorable mention to Nirsoft's "MyUninstaller". Works great, but the best feature is that you can export everything to a csv, text, html, etc. with one click. Great for those who want to write scripts to do uninstalls, because it includes the "uninstall strings" and "silent uninstall strings" (in some cases). You can also use the program with a batch file to create your own pre-populated list of software to remove by simply running the batch file.

  14. Mike Case
    January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Personally I prefer Revo Uninstaller. It's thorough and simple.

  15. Todd Tanner
    January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I still think Advanced Uninstaller Pro is the best freeware option (now that it's freeware of course) there is. Though of course this is subjective. Plus, Revo etc all have little advantages (and disadvantages) over other programs, this one is no different naturally.

  16. salim benhouhou
    January 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

    a good software but i still believe that Your Unin-staller! is the best .

    • Aaron Couch
      January 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing. But I don't think Your Uninstaller is free. Seems like it's just a trial, so that'd be a no go for me.

  17. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I really liked it, thanks for sharing.

  18. Caroline West
    January 22, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I am a big fan of i0Bit's Uninstaller due to its sheer simplicity and familiarity. But what I like with this software is the feature that allows you to save all your programs and export them to a new computer - a problem that I have been having and had I known this??? Life would have been much easier!!

    I also like the AutoFix Invalid Entries feature too; I'm sure that could be of much help with missing/problematic software issues. Plus this software is made by GlarySoft which, to me, are a fine, sound company. Some features of this Uninstaller are far beyond my understanding hence why I have always stuck with i0Bit, but still, for the features lacking in the other, I will give this a go. I hope it's compatible with W8.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm


      Thanks for your comment. I do want to clarify something though. This program doesn't export your programs themselves, but it pushes out a LIST of the programs you have installed -- big difference.

      Although, that is still helpful to have, it doesn't do all the work of installing all the programs for you. If you're looking for something that helps you with that, try

      Sorry if something I said was misleading, but I hope this helps! Thanks for reading.

      • Caroline West
        January 23, 2013 at 5:03 am

        Hi. I have just seen the line "Export Application List"! My mistake :-) Still a handy tool to have for sure. It would have saved me a lot of time going back and forth between the laptops! I still could use it though.

        Thanks for the Ninite link; what an extraordinary software, I have never seen anything like that before. A definite MUO article in the make on that one me thinks. Very clever indeed :-)

  19. Tech Nech
    January 22, 2013 at 4:32 am

    This is a nice and clean piece of useful software!

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