How do I completely remove a program from my computer including all registry entries?

Mohammad Hamzani Salleh May 24, 2012

Ok, I really need help or advice about how to completely remove a program from the Windows registry. Whenever you install a trial or limited program, it doesn’t matter how good the uninstaller is, or how good your registry cleaner is  – you will never able to get rid of it completely.

Just for example: whenever I install Internet Download Manager, regardless of removal program, registry cleaner or manual searching I can never install a fresh copy. Is there a solution or freeware program to completely remove any evidence of programs altogether? Thanks.

  1. Fatima
    October 5, 2012 at 5:36 am

    i have the same problems unfortunately

  2. Rona
    August 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Its too easy to remove programs, apps or games with mirekusoft install monitoring( Just a click for enough.At the same time, uninstall the files anywhere including the registry files they create.

    • Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
      August 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      i will tried it later.. thank for reply and suggestion

  3. Martin
    May 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Why need to completely remove trial software ? If you like it, buy it.

    • Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
      May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      cause i cant afford it... if it for bussiness, surely i will buy it... buy home user like me, will never afford to buy it since no money are generate from it... just plain home user use

  4. alexander
    May 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    try resetting the trial instead of uninstalling and reinstalling, both way are a bit on the shady side, but resetting the trial usually doesnt require you to goof around in the registry (where you by the way can do a whole lot of damage if you screw up).
    google the following term for a trial reset: "insert software name" trial reset guide.

  5. Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
    May 28, 2012 at 4:56 am

    thank for many comment or reply here.. some of it i already tried like revo uninstaller that must have for my pc fo several year now. ccleaner also same, free windows registry repair also same, glary also same, n some i tried but it not totally freeware like this one n some i not try yet. but seriously all of your advice include manual search i already done. but other seem okay but idm or internet download manager is so stuborn... no matter how cleaver i use the uninstaller, how good my registry cleaner, how smart i search registry.. but it seem i cannot locate the right one that containt data that prevent u to install fresh copy of it after the trial limit... im not sure about registy backup since i often install and uninstall program in my pc since im hardcore program tester n usage.. i will download many freeware n shareware n try to use it n compare with other program that same.. but so far the best download manager is idm but not afford to buy it.. althought can find crack. but better original condition. so i will tried futher will all of advice in here.. but ithink it will be the same.. unless we know what exactly we need to search n find... but many thank for the help.. but i will open up for many idea n info.. so do advice me if u guy have many more idea or trick to do that... not to support illegal activity, but have no money to spend to buy the program. freeware is option for for home user like me n use public pc... best regard. thank again

    • Chandan Jha
      May 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Dude, the problem u r facing has already been faced by me...
      and yes, All the above solutions do not work for IDM and if it shows the warning about "Fake serial Number" then forget about any solution except Recovering your PC or Formatting & reinstalling your Windows.

      Though, if only your 30Days trial have expired then you can use this setup...

      This archive includes Setup + Crack also and instruction is also provided with it. I have used it and it works. Try it dude...

    • Fatima
      October 5, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Dear sir
      Do you fine any solution for deleting download manager i hope so
      and give us more information a bout that.

  6. Achraf Almouloudi
    May 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Seriously the best way is to not install it, if you're trying to do so to gain Antivirus trial again stop doing so and go get which is a free service, but as a programmer I know that even the who code the software itself won't be able to uninstall the program completely because some libraries do weird things that we don't know so there is absolutely no reverse back in there .

    • Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
      May 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

      no i not refer to antivirus. but thank. i use avira by the way

  7. Truefire_
    May 27, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Use Revo, like the others mentioned.

  8. guthagowtham
    May 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    The Best way to do this is using an uninstaller. You can easily Uninstall applications using uninstallers. Do not use built-in windows uninstaller if you want to remove the program completely along with registry keys. I suggest you to use IOBit Uninstaller. Well, Revo Uninstlaler is also the powerful, several surveys and experts tested and declared that IOBit Uninstaller is quite powerful than Revo Uninstaller.
    In my test, i found Revo Uninstaller is quite slow when scanning for leftovers, but IOBit Uninstaller is quite faster.

    Here is the download url of IOBit Uninstaller..

  9. Himanshu Singla
    May 26, 2012 at 5:08 am

    You can have many options for this.

    Advanced SystemCare 5

    Both will help you out to remove completely.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Hello, one of the best programs for it is Revo Uninstaller free version. When you use it to uninstall a program, it gives you the chance to scan for registry entries and you can choose what kind of scan you want. If you choose the more complex one, it will find all entries for any program. Then it is up to you to delete them. It also creates a restore point before removing anything. Here is the link:

  11. Oron
    May 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Bruce's advice is sound. Another excellent uninstaller is IOBit Uninstaller. After running the program's own uninstaller, it removes any remaining files and registry keys , and generally does an excellent job at that.

  12. ha14
    May 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

    After uninstall to remove left overs then do a search.
    1) For registry search use for example regseeker
    2) For files, Folders use Everything

  13. Bruce Epper
    May 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Revo Uninstaller does a pretty good job, better than most tools I have tried.

    The best way to remove all traces though is to have an uninstaller already on the system that will monitor the initial software installation. Because it monitors the changes made during the install, the removal process is more complete, but in some cases it still won't be perfect since some software will add or change more registry keys on its first run.

    If you have already uninstalled the software from the computer, you can use regedit to look under HKCM\Software\\ (if they followed MS conventions for their registry usage) and delete the entire branch after exporting it to a .reg file (in case something goes wrong). This may not get everything the program put in to the registry, but it will dump all of the program specific items. Running a registry cleaner after this will generally turn up more items that were dropped into HKCR (primarily file associations) and common or shared file references.

    • XPGUY
      May 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

      I love my Revo Uninstaller, which initiates some of the wylier self-uninstalls, that want you to reboot, before Revo can finish thoroughly. Try not to fall for it. With XP, and earlier programs, I use ERUNT to set a registry restore point, as antivirus updates(?) seem to mess up my System Restore option.
      Here's the author's download site with information for Windows Vista + 7 users:
      I prefer Registry Life(with optomizer), to his NTREGOPT but the result is the same. If you really want to remove registry and pagefile fragments, Microsoft's Mark Russinovich's, PageDefrag, from his Sysinternal Suite toolkit, (for XP/2K/2003) is a quick and easy check for your fragment situation, that you can set to run at start-up, as you desire. Just, Extract All the zip, to your hard-drive letter{i.e.(A:)laptop? or (C:)desktop? Programs, and let Windows Explorer access those Hidden(?) files, where you right click on it to, Pin to Start menu, and also Send to Desktop(create shortcut) for your quickly checkable icon. I use Majorgeeks to download from author's site: OR:
      Here's my personal registry 1,2,3, that even Windows Vista, and 7 users, can get in on. It's all FREE, easy Open, click and FIX, but I use them sparingly, like after an OS re-install, or major program change. Free Windows Registry Repair, and Registry Life create their own backups, so you can live dangerously if you can't use ERUNT, but then you can make more space on your hard-drive by deleting all but the last of those GB's of drive-clogging, heat-creating Restore Points(My Computer-A;B;C;etc Properties, Disk Clean, Options Tab) Then, I also use Glary Utilities daily, to disc clean, and erase tracks.
      Revo Uninstaller, I get free at from CNET, or Free or Pro, at the author's site,( The current version is slightly larger than my old one.)

      • Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
        May 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

        i tried all above..or rather that must have in my pc.. but no luck yet.. but thank for advice..

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