What’s the best free uninstaller for cleaning up registry entries from old software?

Dee Wheat May 7, 2013

I need a good free uninstaller to clean up registry entries left by uninstalled software!

  1. Dee Wheat
    May 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Revo is the one we used, and it worked like a charm!

  2. Jay H
    May 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    "REVOuninstaller" is my go to program for that particular jam. My savior on 3 separate occasions!


  3. Jay H
    May 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    "REVOuninstaller" is my go to program for that particular jam. My savior on 3 separate occasions!


  4. Dee Wheat
    May 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Now see, I've never heard of Recovery Fix. I'll take a look at it too. We did get her system cleaned up and it's running at lightning speed compared to how it was running before the clean up. She's got a great system, but has absolutely no idea how to keep it running well LOL. When I initially posted I had not seen it and had no idea what she had installed, what she had uninstalled, how much of her hard drive was full.....you know the basic drill. As I went through it, I had her sitting beside me taking notes LOL, so it'll probably be a month or two before I get another "HELP ME!!!" call!

  5. dave gee
    May 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Regular installation and uninstall of programs and applications generates extra and invalid Windows registry entries causing slow system speed, PC crash, Blue Screen of death, PC freezing, etc. Use RecoveryFix for Registry Cleaner software to effectively clean Windows registries from your system.


  6. Dee Wheat
    May 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks, everyone! We've cleaned her computer up...I even cracked the case and blew out all the dust....and it's running much better now! You guys are great!

  7. Akshay Hallur
    May 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Here is Ccleaner

  8. Sairam Nagothu
    May 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Whenever if you uninstalled any software in normally, you have two problems those are, ,

    1) After the completion of uninstallation also, It 'does not Remove all the Files & folders' of that software' in Program files in C:Drive,
    2) And one more problem is, The total 'Registry Entries' of that uninstalled softwares are still kept in Registry Editor, those entries will not be removed in normal uninstallation process.

    Here the Best Solution for all is "Revo Uninstaller"


    Advantages of this software :-

    1) First, It creates a 'System Restore Point' so that whenever if you uninstalled any Drivers/Softwares unfortunately if any thing goes wrong then you can "Go back to your Previous settings of your PC/Laptop " using 'System Restore Point'.

    2) Here you can Delete all the Files & Folder history that software in C:Drive.

    3) In this you can delete Complete Registry Entries of that software

    Just it takes 2 minutes more time then Normal Uninstallation process.
    OK, I feel Every computer owner should have this software because its more useful so that.OK..!!
    #Sairam Nagothu

  9. Alan Wade
    May 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    If you are going to cleanup your registry then use CCleaner. It has been tried and tested many times over. You can of course use it to uninstall unwanted software as well.

  10. Jim Chambers
    May 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Malwarebytes still has a free version. It defaults to a demo version if you don't uncheck a box at end of installation. At end of demo period you can change it to free version.

  11. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 8, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I would say ccleaner itself is good enough, as it has an uninstaller built-in under the tools menu and also has a registry cleaner.

    • Dee Wheat
      May 8, 2013 at 2:23 am

      CCleaner has been a favorite of mine for ever LOL.

  12. DalSan M
    May 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I like IOBit Uninstaller, http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/iobit_uninstaller.html, since it can uninstall stubborn programs, delete files, folders, and registry items related to the uninstalled program, and all for free. Revo Uninstaller Free is also a good alternative, though not as thorough as IOBit Uninstaller. http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html. CCleaner works well and safely for removing junk files and clean the registry from obsolete registry keys left from old uninstalled programs. But to be honest, I would not clean the registry too deeply or often as there is no real benefit from doing so any more (at least as much as it used to be before Windows XP or even 2000. If care is not taken when cleaning the registry, then errors may occur, in which it may cause pop-up windows to show up showing the error to not being able to load Windows properly if at all.

    • Dee Wheat
      May 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      IOBit and Revo were the ones I was trying to think of yesterday afternoon and just couldn't remember the names! I think she's going to just bring me her computer and let me have my way with it, as it were. I'll use those as a last resort LOL!

      I really appreciate the quick answers, guys! MUO is absolutely the only way to go for good info!

    • DalSan M
      May 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

      If I were you, I would add a task to run CCleaner at startup of the computer or set it to once a week so it is all automatic (your friend does nothing to make sure the computer is clean and running its best, it is completely automatic except updates), and install IOBit Advanced System Care free for the same reason. You could also install the IOBit Smart Defrag to automatically defrag the after 5 minutes of the computer idling, but stops defragging once the computer becomes active again through user input. AVG is a decent antivirus, though I would have gone with Avast instead because of the better detection rate and it is less resource hungry than AVG. I would also suggest a good firewall like Comodo if one is not installed already. As for Malwarebytes AntiMalware free version, here is the link: http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/, just don't select trying the pro trial version.

    • Dee Wheat
      May 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Thank you so much, all of you! I've or\printed off your suggestions and will take them to her tomorrow. You guys are the best!

  13. Bruce Epper
    May 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Based on your question, it sounds more like the software has already been uninstalled, so an uninstaller generally won't help much here for cleaning up the registry. Using CCleaner will do a better job of cleaning up orphaned registry entries.

    • Dee Wheat
      May 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      This is actually a question from a friend who is not at all computer savvy, and I told her about CCleaner, which is an old friend for me. I haven't actually seen her system, so I'm not sure what she has installed, or what crapware she has inadvertently downloaded with something else LOL. Unfortunately, she doesn't know either, which probably defines the problem.

      I advised her to download and run the following:

      AVG Free
      Spybot Search and Destroy

      I would have recommended Malwarebytes, but it appears that they no longer offer a free version.

      I told her after she ran all of those and did what they recommended, she should download a defrag like Defraggler and run that as well.

      I did want to ask, though, because there is always someone around who is aware of newer software that works well.

  14. Biljana
    May 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Privazer is good softver for delete,Apsolutna uniinstaler.

  15. ha14
    May 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    well normally uninstallers remove application and some do also registry checkup for left over registry keys. How did you uninstalled applications?
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