Clean Uninstall Unwanted Programs On Windows With ZSoft Uninstaller

Jeffry Thurana 14-04-2011

uninstall unwanted programsWith so much software available today, how do you pick the ones that suit you best?  The answer is you try out software from what you find or from other peoples recommendations, and hope for the best. While some applications might be fine, other applications might not fit your needs.


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 How To Force Uninstall Unwanted Windows Programs Using IObit Uninstaller Read More uninstallers Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Read More 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.

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To do a standard uninstallation, just pick one installed software from the list (or do a search), then click the “Uninstall” button.

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ZSoft Uninstaller will analyze the application that you want to uninstall.

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It will open the official uninstaller, or directly uninstall the app if the official uninstaller does not exist.

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Then, ZSoft Uninstaller will display the list of uninstalled apps and ask you whether you want to search for leftovers from those programs.

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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.

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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.

Analyze Installation

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“.

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You should run this feature before installing anything. Choose the drive(s) where you want to install the application, and click “Before Installation“.

03b Analyze Before Install

Analyze Installation” will do a quick scan of your drive and log the result.

03c Ready To Install

Before you click “After Installation” button, you should install the applications that you want to monitor.

03d Installing Braid

After the installation is finished, press the “After Installation” button and “Analyze Installation” will re-scan the hard drive and store the result.

03e Analyzing

Give your recent installation a name. A recommended name is the application name.

03f Enter App Name

Then the process is finished.

03g Task Finished

Should you want to uninstall the app later, all that you have to do is to double click the app from the list.

03h Analyzed Programs

Check all the three boxes to confirm the terms and click “Uninstall“.

03i Uninstall Analyzed

Then all traces of the uninstalled application are gone.

Other Features

Other than the uninstallation feature, ZSoft Uninstaller also comes with other tools such as “TMP File Searcher“.

04b BackUp n Del

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.

05a Other Tools

There’s the “Empty Folders Finder“. I think the name explains what this feature does.

05a2 Empty Folders

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.

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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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  1. Mrclose
    April 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I have Revo pro and basic, YourUninstaller Pro and basic, Obit and Zsoft.

    I installed them just to compare.
    You wont need anymore than Revo basic and CCleaner.



  2. bluelee
    April 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Revo + Ccleaner! These two softwares are my favorites.

  3. The Bobster
    April 15, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I am a long-time Revo guy. I recently tried IO Uninstaller and it looks pretty good.

    Tonight I uninstalled one program (GIMP) using Zsoft Uninstaller. It loaded VERY quickly. However it only showed the names of the programs without showing date installed or the publisher's name as does Revo. In addition, when the registry entries were listed I had to select each on individually to get them to be deleted. Revo allows you to select all and even allow the user to set the default to select all.

    All in all, assuming the undelete is equally effective as Revo, Revo wins on quality of experience.

  4. Anonymous
    April 15, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I use CCleaner on a almost daily basis for cleanup and registry straighten up.I use Revo for uninstalling Programs and adjusting start up programs.Both are simple and easy to use and I have never had a problem with either. Compared to the instructions about building a Nuclear Bomb in the program above I'll stick with what I have.

  5. Dan
    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Tried zsoft, but it's too comolex and unwieldy (just look at the steps in the tutorial above). With Revo, you just choose uninstall, and press next, select and delete. I haven't checked if it finds more orphaned files and registry entries than Revo so I can't say if it's worse. Revo + CCleaner is still my preferred method.

  6. Phoenix
    April 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    what about Revo uninstaller??? Is ZSoft Uninstaller better than Revo Uninstaller??
    Any body tried it?

  7. Guest
    April 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    TL;DR. This article is way too long for such a simple matter. Plus you have like 100 images, which you can take out about 75 of them.

    Don't wanna sound like an ass, but I will. MakeUseOf is loosing it's touch.

  8. Willy
    April 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I don't know if it's better, I'm asking if anyone knows that may have tried it.

  9. Utube funny videos
    April 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Revo is way better, just got Pro 2.5.1. version :)

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

      What are the differences between Basic and Pro modes?

  10. Anonymous
    April 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I don't think it's better than Revo

  11. Pedro Oliva
    April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Everything vs Revo? wich its better?

  12. Anonymous
    April 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    how is this better than revo uninstaller?

  13. Willy
    April 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    How would you compare this vs Revo Uninstaller?

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

      I doubt anything can beat Revo. I am yet to see an uninstaller with something similar to Revo's Hunter Mode.