Absolute Uninstaller: Don’t Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

GlarySoft Logo   Absolute Uninstaller: Dont Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]When 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. 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.

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:

  • 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.

Batch Uninstall   Absolute Uninstaller: Dont Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

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

Command line   Absolute Uninstaller: Dont Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

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

File menu   Absolute Uninstaller: Dont Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

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.

Remove files   Absolute Uninstaller: Dont Settle For The Default, A Better Solution For Software Removal [Windows]

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, GeekUninstaller and IObit Uninstaller. 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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23 Comments -

Tech Nech

This is a nice and clean piece of useful software!

Caroline West

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

Caroline,

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 http://ninite.com

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

Caroline West

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 :-)

Nevzat Akkaya

I really liked it, thanks for sharing.

salim benhouhou

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

Aaron Couch

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.

Todd Tanner

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.

Mike Case

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

Tim

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

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

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.

pete jr. josue

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

Efi Dreyshner

Prefer Revo Uninstaller…

Venkateswara Swamy Swarna

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

Ravuama Nayago

Great software – really useful

vineed gangadharan

Thanks for sharing :)

Kirby

Thumbs up for batch uninstall
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I still use Ccleaner though since it is portable.

Rubis Song

Great software. Especially the Batch Uninstall! Thanks

hotdoge3

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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):-

Nancy B

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?

Nancy B

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

harley bellwood

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