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advanced uninstallerUsing a computer is not without its frustrations – things crash, load too slow, or behave in erratic ways. After all, a modern computer is a very complex beast. The final product we’re using represents co-operation and communication between hundreds of different hardware and software companies all trying to cram their ideas into a small box to make it better.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t….and when it doesn’t, that’s where the various “cleaners” and “optimizers” try to help out and make it all better. Advanced Uninstaller Pro is one such cleaner, and today we’re going to be looking at it in more detail. Despite the “Pro” in the name, it’s actually free – and it earned a spot on our Best Windows Software page, so let’s see why.

Installation Gotchas

First things first. I’m sad to say, but you absolutely cannot Next-Next-Next your way through this installer, or you’ll find yourself with a toolbar you weren’t expecting in the end:

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The screen above shows the trick Advanced Uninstaller Pro tries to pull during installation. I must say this is particularly annoying behavior in a tool that claims to “clean” your system – if you’re trying to help me remove stuff, why are you cluttering my system with yet another toolbar? Still,  you can  just untick all of the checkboxes in this page and continue.

There’s one more thing you should note:

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This is a less troubling issue, and some users may actually like this behavior. Advanced Uninstaller Pro wants to pin itself to your taskbar automatically. Not necessarily a bad thing, but still, you should decide whether or not you want it pinned to your taskbar.

Apart from these two annoyances, installation is a straightforward affair.

First Use

Launching Advanced Uninstaller PRO reveals what happens when designers take the already-dubious Modern aesthetic a few steps too far – you get an interface that looks like it was designed with toddlers in mind.

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Large, brightly-colored rectangles don’t exactly inspire confidence in a system-mechanic sort of tool. Add the inexplicably-Spanish text (I’m on a system set for English-US), and you get a thoroughly dubious first impression. Still, it’s on our Best Windows Software page, so it must be doing something right. Let’s be systematic, and start with the General Tools section.

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That section reveals a wealth of useful tools. I’m not going to test all of them, but I’m curious about the Font Manager (not many system cleaners offer font-related functionality), and would like to see the Uninstaller as well, of course. Let’s walk through those.

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This is what the Font Manager looks like. Sorry for the tiny screenshot, but there’s no way to resize the window. It’s pretty interesting. As you may know, every font you’ve got installed is loaded into memory (something covered in this Microsoft article). Font Manager lets you temporarily disable fonts (or outright uninstall them). Uninstalling fonts isn’t very exciting, but being able to preview fonts and quickly disable them is a compelling feature indeed, especially if you do design work and have thousands of fonts installed.

My only wish for this section is that it would let you create “bundles” of fonts, so I can quickly enable and disable all artsy display fonts when I’m not working on a title graphic, for example.

Next, let’s look at Advanced Uninstaller’s Pro raison d’etre – the Uninstall Programs section:

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We see several interesting things here. The most innovative part of this section is the very bottom, where you see a community-generated star rating for the currently selected application, and can click through for a review. It says there’s one review for the C++ redistributable I’ve selected – let’s see what the users had to say:

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Clicking the Read Review button actually pops open a browser page with a forum topic dedicated to this application, and a very matter-of-fact summary of what it is. Not bad, but not astounding, either. Most of the applications on my list had no reviews. This effort to make software uninstallation software is a good idea, and it reminds me of what Soluto Be A Super-Geek With Soluto's New Version: An In-Depth Look [& Invites] Be A Super-Geek With Soluto's New Version: An In-Depth Look [& Invites] Let’s face it, if you are reading this, you’re a geek. People come to you for tech help, whether you like it or not. It could be family, friends, or maybe your significant other. Whether... Read More is trying to do, too. You can also write your own reviews, but you do need a free account to have them published (that makes sense to me).

Now, on to actually uninstalling a program. I’ve picked the Origin gaming client to remove, because honestly, I’m not a big fan. Upon clicking Uninstall, Advanced Uninstaller Pro confirms my selection and asks if I want it to follow the removal with a registry scan for leftovers:

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Clicking Uninstall launches Origin’s native uninstaller, as it should. Once I was done with the uninstaller, the registry and hard-drive scan took about ten seconds on my system, and located 21.7MB of leftovers Origin left behind:

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Clicking Next revealed a detailed list of registry entries slated for removal:

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By default, no entry is selected. This is a very good thing: Advanced Uninstaller Pro won’t take responsibility for messing up your registry. It can only suggest what it thinks you might want to remove, but the final decision (and responsibility) lies with you. The entries Origin left behind are firewall policies, an “Origin Games” branch, and a few other innocuous entries. I didn’t bother removing any of them.

Next, came the files Origin left behind, taking up 21MB on my not-very-large SSD. This is far more interesting for me:

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A zillion “AppCrash_Origin.exe” files (gee, thanks, EA Games!) and “NonCritical_Origin.exe” files, followed by a bunch of Temp files, and an entire folder full of files Origin decided to leave behind in my AppData\Roaming directory. This is where Advanced Uninstaller Pro really earned its keep: These files are pure garbage, and I merrily selected them all and removed them. Yay for free space, boo for EA Games.

File and Registry Tools

After looking at the “meat” of the application, let’s breeze through some of its other sections. Here’s the File and Registry Tools screen:

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Again, it’s a mixed bag in terms of functionality. Registry cleaners are often useless. There’s no real performance gain to be had, and they sometimes even break things. Our own Chris published an excellent piece explaining this – Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make A Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More  If you’re thinking of using any sort of Registry Cleaner or Optimizer (including the ones shown above), you should really go read that piece first. Maybe some day these useless “utilities” will go away.

On a more positive note, the duplicate file finder may prove more useful, as may the File Shredder if you have no other way to securely wipe sensitive information.

There’s More, But You Get the Point

Basically, Advanced Uninstaller Pro does merit a spot on our Best Windows Software list. No, it’s not perfect. It looks like a toy, and its installer tries to trick you into setting up a toolbar (boo!). But its included uninstaller is handy enough, and its font manager is something I haven’t seen on other system utilities. It would have been better if its makers could have resisted the temptation to load it with crappy sections that don’t really enhance your system (registry cleaners/optimizers), but even as it is, you could make good use of it.

Just don’t take it at face value, and think about what each section does before unleashing it on your trusty computer.

  1. Glenn
    April 22, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Works just fine on Windows 8 64 bit and 32 bit Windows also

  2. Glenn
    April 22, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I love this program I have used it and many others and I always go back to this program as Advanced Uninstaller simply does a great job and it deletes all the right stuff with never one problem.

  3. Thomas Milham
    January 26, 2013 at 12:05 am

    More software to try :) Thanks MUO!

  4. Daniel Statescu
    January 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    One more thing. We corrected the English interface. The latest verison is available here: http://www.advanceduninstaller.com/soft/uninstaller/Advanced_Uninstaller11.exe

  5. thu ya
    January 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Advanced Uninstaller Pro VS Revo Uninstaller Pro
    Who is the winner?

  6. Daniel Statescu
    January 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Hi,

    I am Daniel Statescu, one of the developers of Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Thanks for the very nice review. As Serj said before, “barbablogie” is in fact a mistake. :) We wanted to say “barbalogie” - which is a funny word than means “long useless talk”. When we tested the application we needed a really large text to appear in that spot and this is what we came up with. That text should not appear at all, I have no idea why it’s being displayed!

    Once again, thanks for the nice review! All improvement suggestions are welcome!

    Daniel

  7. hotdoge3
    January 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    looks very good allso good is Comodo Programs Manager

    http://www.comodo.com/home/support-maintenance/programs-manager.php

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  8. Yavatar
    January 18, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    You want an uninstaller and then say registry cleaning and optimization is a trick? I'm a little confused here... you only want it to uninstall files and do HALF the job??

    Those entries take up SPACE. The registry isn't just a mysterious item that sits in limbo. It's an actual file and files fragment. Even on NTFS.

    Granted you don't want to go mucking around in your registry, but isn't that why you have the UNINSTALLER in the first place? It shows you what it believes is safe to delete and the you can pick and choose what you want to delete.

    I haven't used this one (primarily using Kubuntu these days) but I have used uninstallers before and some will green light the ones to dump, yellow light the ones that may not be safe, and red light (doesn't let you delete them at all) the ones it believes bad mojo to delete. For advanced users, that last can be annoying as you may have no way to override that but it is trying to keep you from mucking up your system. ;)

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

      The amount of space a registry entry takes up is so tiny, it might as well be nonexistent. Remove a single MP3 file from your system, and you've just saved up more space than a dozen registry swipes would do... and it's contiguous on-disk, too.

      • David C
        February 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        If something you uninstall leaves just ONE registry entry, that wouldn't be an issue. ;)

        The registry IS a file though and subject to fragmentation and bloat (the later I've only found one utility for). Somebody had a registry editor as part of their utilities before. Likely more than one company did. As anything Microsoft gives you for free, someone can vastly improve on it. Of course that is beyond the scope of the article and discussion, but for your more advanced user, a useful tool.

        Norton (before Symantec stripped it bare) had a great set of utilities going into Windows 9x. If you just wanted to check your desk and defrag your drive, no problem. You wanted to do hex editing and advanced configuration, it was there too.

        Perhaps my point is that all these companies could be doing MORE. It seems like anybody with a group of programmers are making utility programs. The foundation is already there. It's explored land. Yeah, we might muck up things seriously with advanced tools, but hence the warnings. Heck, it should say 'You are about to do things that can seriously muck up your computer. You are your own from this point on if you proceed.'

  9. David Forness
    January 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I have used Geek Uninstaller since being advised that Revo only works on 64 bit computers in the Pro version. I would like to see a comparison between the four uninstaller apps talked about here. I might try the one reviewed in this article to see how it works against Geek uninstaller.

    I am a new" make use of subscriber" and it really has a lot to offer.

  10. ha14
    January 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    it becamed free since last year,

    (the final decision (and responsibility) lies with you) well many users do not know what to do and often they want one click solution, Advanced Uninstaller PRO is no exception and like revo uninstaller let users to go to check scan result through sometime hundreds of left over files and registry keys so that to be sure no errors are made....and if error is made only restore point can heal.

    i used it (purchased copy of their Tools Suite) when it was not free, never witnessed a problem like Windows corruption, but sometimes left overs were found...

  11. Arxadius Stark
    January 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Except the Font Manager it is similar to Revo Uninstaller PRO. Might just give it a try.

  12. Joshua Serna
    January 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    but will it force uninstall a bad java install?

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

      That's a good question, and I must say I don't know. My solution is to avoid installing Java in the first place. I have Java in a VM (ironic as it may sound) for those apps that absolutely must use it.

  13. Mihovil Pletikos
    January 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    nice & free

  14. Anonymous
    January 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    A free, decent uninstaller has to be a good thing. Think I'll give it a try.

  15. Pedro Antonio Jimenez Rios
    January 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I have also tried IOBit Uninstaller Free and Portable. It seems quite similar in terms of uninstalling apps. Have you ever made a comparison among Revo, IOBit uninstaller and Advanced Uninstaller Pro?

    • Venkateswara Swamy Swarna
      January 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I too had a similar comment in mind and am glad that I read the other comments before posting it.

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I don't think we have, actually -- that's a good idea for a future post!

  16. Raazan Malla
    January 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Between Advanced, Revo and iobit uninstaller pro, which is the best ?

  17. AP
    January 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Thanks, this what I was looking for.

  18. Bogdan Chirita
    January 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I am used to Revo Uninstaller. There is a portable free version of that. I am pleased with that.
    This seems also a good alternative.
    I have only one question: how comes there is something written in romanian on the picture from ”First use”?

  19. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Revo Unistaller does the job for me, however this looks like another alternative, thanks.

  20. Alan Wade
    January 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I tried Revo once and wasnt too impressed with it. I then tried Your Uninstaller, bought it and never had any regrets since. Never tried this one though, will try it on the wifes machine just to see how it compares with Your Uninstaller.

  21. Ashwin Ramesh
    January 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Real nice UI. Does it's job really well. Am happy. Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Gábor Fábián
    January 18, 2013 at 6:48 am

    The text you highlighted is not spanish but romanian and it means: I start to like it, this is a "barbablogie (?!)" because I don't know what to write here to be big.

    So it's a kinda useless, dummy placeholder text.

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Oh wow, thanks for the correction! They must've just left it there from development...

      • Serj
        January 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        barbablogie = useles talking. And it's not even spelled correctly.

  23. Rigoberto Garcia
    January 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Apparently it is an excellent tool to help in the difficult task of uninstalling an application and all its components, including entries in the Windows Registry. We will have to try it ... Thanks Erez

  24. Doug Prag
    January 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    anyone have xp experience w/this? I'm still on xp!

  25. Hiew Yau
    January 18, 2013 at 1:10 am

    This works on W8 ?

    • Erez Zukerman
      January 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

      I believe it does, yes.

      • Hiew Yau
        January 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Thanks. :)

  26. Jose Paolo Gonzales Otico
    January 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I have never heard of this, and I'm honestly excited to use it ... but not right now since I'm on a fresh W8 install.

  27. Scott Macmillan
    January 17, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I have been using this for a while and it does a fantastic job!!

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