But what do you do with installed software that you don’t need? You uninstall them, and move on to the next candidates. But the problem is, uninstallation under Windows often equals litter, small and non-functional files that will only hog and slow down your system. Completely uninstalling an unwanted application from Windows is not as easy as it sounds. Most of the time, you’ll need help from third-party uninstallers such as ZSoft Uninstaller.
Uninstalling & More
From the first time you open the application, you can tell that ZSoft Uninstaller is more than just a simple uninstaller. This app also offers other features like an “Analyze installation” and “Temp File Finder“. The main interface provides you with a search box and a list of installed applications.
To do a standard uninstallation, just pick one installed software from the list (or do a search), then click the “Uninstall” button.
ZSoft Uninstaller will analyze the application that you want to uninstall.
It will open the official uninstaller, or directly uninstall the app if the official uninstaller does not exist.
Then, ZSoft Uninstaller will display the list of uninstalled apps and ask you whether you want to search for leftovers from those programs.
Double-click one of the applications in the leftovers list, click next, and ZSoft will search your hard drive for the litter – usually in the form of registry and/or file system files. Check the ones that you want to eliminate and click the “Remove” button.
Please note that messing with the registry and file system is not recommended unless you really know what you are doing. Always do a backup before changing anything.
Maybe the safest method to do a clean uninstallation of any application is to use data from a monitored installation process. Assuming that nothing else happens during the installation, the differences in the hard drive before and after the process would be all of the installed components. Then, uninstalling would be as simple as removing these chunks of differences.
ZSoft Uninstaller provides users with an installation monitoring feature called “Analyze Installation“.
You should run this feature before installing anything. Choose the drive(s) where you want to install the application, and click “Before Installation“.
“Analyze Installation” will do a quick scan of your drive and log the result.
Before you click “After Installation” button, you should install the applications that you want to monitor.
After the installation is finished, press the “After Installation” button and “Analyze Installation” will re-scan the hard drive and store the result.
Give your recent installation a name. A recommended name is the application name.
Then the process is finished.
Should you want to uninstall the app later, all that you have to do is to double click the app from the list.
Check all the three boxes to confirm the terms and click “Uninstall“.
Then all traces of the uninstalled application are gone.
Other than the uninstallation feature, ZSoft Uninstaller also comes with other tools such as “TMP File Searcher“.
This tool will search your hard drive for temporary files and let you decide what to do with the junk.
More tools can be found under the “Tools” menu.
There’s the “Empty Folders Finder“. I think the name explains what this feature does.
There’s also the “Startup Manager” which will help you to either “Disable” or “Delete” items from the start up list so they won’t boot up with your system.
If you install and uninstall applications a lot, you will find ZSoft Uninstaller to be very useful in keeping your system clean.
Have you tried ZSoft Uninstaller? Do you use a third-party uninstaller or do you prefer the standard Windows uninstaller? Do you know other alternative uninstallers? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.
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