GeekUninstaller Will Uninstall Programs You Thought You Couldn’t [Windows]

Craig Snyder 19-10-2012

how to completely uninstall problem programsWhen it comes to third-party uninstallation software, everyone knows of Revo Revo Uninstaller Will Hunt Down Your Bloatware Read More . It’s often considered to be the top of that class. However, many alternatives exists and it’s great to offer the MUO audience a choice. After all, you can never have too many ways of removing things you don’t want. None of us like bloatware.


Though Microsoft is doing the best that it can to certify certain applications and help ensure that any installations on a Windows machine are bundled with a proper uninstallation process, you’ll never be able to thwart the bad guys. Certain antivirus applications are notorious for this sort of behavior. If I don’t want you on my computer, you shouldn’t have the right to stay there (especially after you’ve apparently been “removed”). Luckily, GeekUninstaller offers a lot of help.

Click here to go to the official GeekUninstaller website.

I’m a bit of a neat freak. When it comes to my desktop, I’m a little OCD. I’m never, ever a fan of messy uninstalls. GeekUninstaller is a Windows application (compatible with Windows XP and later, as well as 64-bit machines) that offers both clean uninstalls and forced uninstalls.

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GeekUninstaller is completely portable and requires no hard installation itself. You can toss it in a Dropbox folder or on a flash drive and it’ll work anywhere. The interface supports nearly every language you can think of, too.

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Right-clicking on one of the applications in the list will bring up a list of commands. This is the main function of GeekUninstaller. As you can see, there are plenty of options available.

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  • Uninstall… will bring up the prompt to uninstall the application through what is offered by the program itself. This is often referred to as a clean or soft uninstall.
  • Force Removal can be used for those sticky programs that leave behind tracks, or don’t even include an uninstallation process.
  • Remove Entry will simply remove an application from this list without uninstalling it.
  • Registry Entry will bring up RegEdit to show you the registry data of an application.
  • Installation Folder will bring up the application’s folder in Windows Explorer.
  • Google for offers suggestions based on the program’s name and author’s name so that you can pull up more information on it by Google.

Some programs even have the Program Website option, which will take you to the website where it should have been downloaded from. Additionally, you can even export this list to an HTML file to keep records.

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I’ve used GeekUninstaller’s forced removal on a few applications and everything worked very smoothly. Keep in mind that this option should only be used (on GeekUninstaller or any alternatives) when there is no uninstallation executable packed with an application. It’s just safer to go through the uninstallation that way. If it leaves a mess, I’d completely recommend you try GU’s forced removal.

GeekUninstaller is completely free without support. The “Pro” version on the application’s website refers you to a completely different tool and I don’t recommend it.

What do you guys think of GeekUninstaller? How does it stack up against Revo? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. 1n1r2
    April 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I've used ( and like ) Revo for years. GeekUninstaller is a terrific replacement for CCleaner ; I always felt a little nervous using it. GeekUninstaller is very fast.

    geek exclusive: exposing Windows Store bundled software that Revo doesn't detect.
    To be fair, Control/Programs and Features doesn't expose them either.
    geek exposes this hidden software in Win10 Creator version.
    Microsoft points out this bundled software is hidden in the Win10 recovery partition, so the disk space is *not* substantially reduced by removing it.

    What I would like to see in both Revo and GeekU:
    1. Ability to launch the program to remind myself what it actually does and whether I'd miss it.
    2. Produce a log of the software that is uninstalled
    3. Provide an inventory list of what is to be removed so I can inspect it.
    Multiple products from the same company often share common libraries.

    Additions for GeekU:
    1. Show the uninstaller directory path ( Revo does), because I might have to mount an external drive or CD to launch the uninstaller.
    2. Show publisher, version, install date. Let me sort by publisher.
    3. Ability to reduce the size of geek.exe by removing languages. English is all I need.
    4. Let me opt out of the "Close" dialog popup when uninstall is complete.

    As a developer, I noticed software size increased by a factor of 4 when we nationalized it.
    Adobe and Apple are notorious for bloating their software with extra languages for every product even when I select English at install.

    I wrote a small shell script ( p14e: Press 1 for English ) to remove the unwanted NLS files and Acrobat (for example) no longer works. That's just silly. This is important when you are building "Windows to go" images on USB sticks.

    Terrific article, Craig. Thanks.

  2. AP
    January 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I use Window 7 , so its not for me.

    • rodocop
      October 25, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      I use it too and Geek is very useful and convenient tool here!

  3. AP
    January 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Well I prefer Revo Uninstaller.

  4. Richard W. Van Loo
    November 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I have been using Ccleaner for a couple years , this makes me think, maybe this might be something better. think I will give it a shot..

  5. Terafall
    November 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I've tried many uninstaller but I have to say,this one is great

  6. Todd New
    October 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I've got Revo, but this definitely is worth looking at, considering the portability factor. I'm in!

  7. William Smaling
    October 25, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Gonna' try this for sure ... I hate clutter apps ...

  8. Nguy?n Tân
    October 25, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Yes! Free software, I recommend!

  9. Shubharup Ganguly
    October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I've been using Revo uninstaller for about an year now, and I'm very happy with it. Its never resource intensive, and it cleans up the unneeded files and registry keys which the ordinary uninstall leaves behind.

  10. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Looks like a really helpful tool, Downloading xD

  11. Samit Tandukar
    October 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    i use comodo program manager which is free....also used revo but didn't like it as free version doesn't support 64-bit windows...

  12. hotdoge3
    October 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    5 Secrets about Comodo Programs Manager

    Monitors and records every change so it can be totally undone at uninstallation
    On-access scanner alerts you if a setup file contains a virus, worm or Trojans
    Allow you to easily manage programs, drivers and Windows features
    Allow you to easily manage programs, drivers and Windows features
    Windows XP/Vista/7/Server 2003/Server2008 – 32 bit and 64 bit
    Works well use 2 years & it free

  13. Asriel Allolinggi
    October 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Great tool to have.. I think this is one of the best free alternative Uninstaller Tool..

  14. Justine Muller
    October 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Typo in my last comment - Replace "download" with "uninstall"... Sorry! (I cannot find where to edit comments if there is a way)

  15. Justine Muller
    October 23, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I currently use Advanced Uninstaller Pro and am quite satisfied with it so far - I love the drag and drop feature for programs that don't show up in the list of programs you can download. Here's a link to my review of Advanced Uninstaller on my WordPress blog I bookmarked this review though, I may need a new Unistaller program one day you never know :)

  16. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 23, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I use clean my mac for my macinstosh

  17. Totoy Badiola
    October 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I use IObit Uninstaller for a long time. How does the GeekUninstaller fare compare with IObit? Thanks.

    • Craig Snyder
      October 23, 2012 at 3:17 am

      It's less bloated and lighter on resources. Both achieve the same goal, but GeekUninstaller does it in a way that is healthier on your system.

      • Totoy Badiola
        October 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        Hey, thanks. It might be just the right time to switch. You're the man, Craig! Is that your little buddy in your profile photo? Cute.

  18. Declan Lopez
    October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    awesome, i hate it when windows won't let you uninstall something

  19. Sam Kar
    October 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Revo is not the top-notch software, but just a best option. Revo cannot capture installation that require reboot. Here Total Uninstall comes to rescue. However, they just have paid version.

  20. Mark O'Neill
    October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I might try using this to uninstall the Windows version of Growl. Other uninstallation methods have failed and Growl has been sitting in my start menu flipping the finger at me ever since.

    • Craig Snyder
      October 23, 2012 at 3:15 am

      Let me know how it goes for you, Mark. I've got Growl installed as well and I put very little mileage on it, so it could be going out the door soon for me also.

      • Mark O'Neill
        October 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

        It worked! This worked where other uninstallation programs failed! I am very impressed :-)

  21. Pax
    October 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I had been using Revo uninstaller before switching to Comodo's Programs Manager (which tracks new installations to help get rid of pesky registry entries and other hard to determine installation headaches).

    Normally my first option is to use a portable application but real-time tracking of new installs is a huge benefit. I wish Microsoft had developed a much better way of handling installations with their Win95 intro. The registry remains a huge headache as does allowing an app access to the entire system during install. I don't know much about Windows 8 RT but I hope they've dealt with this important issue (on the RT version not the x86 version which supports legacy apps).

  22. Igor Rizvi?
    October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Im used to iobit unisntaller,it also had powerfull scan,and the interface is really simple to use.

  23. Alex Perkins
    October 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Goodbye IE!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jay Thomas
      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      I like Alex Perkins comment, it gave me a good laugh !!

  24. Efi Dreyshner
    October 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I am using Revo Uninstaller...
    The best uninstaller that Ive ever uses (:

  25. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 19, 2012 at 9:01 am


  26. Gurpreet Singh
    October 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

    iobit uninstaller is also gud

  27. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

    IOBit Uninstaller+AppRemover for me. Both are free and do their jobs beautifully.

  28. Boni Oloff
    October 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I hace try many of uninstaller apps, all of them looks primising, but i still cannot trust any of them till now, still use built in uninstaller. I am affraid it will affect the system stability, because we cannot understand what all the registry data it deleted..

  29. Barry Brown
    October 19, 2012 at 3:53 am

    A very nice program, I've used revo but the constant nagging to upgrade to the paid version is getting old!

    • Craig Snyder
      October 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

      Glad you liked it!

  30. Ashwin Ramesh
    October 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I've been using cCleaner for years on now, maybe I should give this a try too...

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      October 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      CCleaner has an uninstaller but it does not do it in a clean way as Revo Uninstaller, although it is more safer. GeekUninstaller might also be working as good as Revo.

    • Maulya Agustini
      October 25, 2012 at 1:49 am

      I thought ccCleaer only used as a recovery only =D

  31. tom hartnett
    October 19, 2012 at 2:22 am

    My computer ate my first attempt at a comment. What I originally said was this is a timely article and I was going use GeekUnins* to zap a pesky program. In the interim I have done so. thank for the tip.

  32. tom hartnett
    October 19, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Very timely. I have one pesky program that will now be disposed of. Thanks.

  33. Abdullah Sorathia
    October 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Btw I had never tried other programs than YourUninstaller

    • Natsirt Arcega
      October 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

      Cheers mate!

    • Samrudh Shetty
      October 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Downloaded this..

  34. Abdullah Sorathia
    October 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Youruninstaller is better than any other programs which has reliable build in utilities

  35. Tristan Arcega
    October 19, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I've been using YourUninstaller for 3 yrs. & I'm happy with it. Btw, YourUninstaller is not mentioned in your Best Windows Software. I like to know a comparison between Revo & YourUninstaller. Which is better?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      I've heard several people claiming both are actually on par with each other. YourInstaller isn't entirely free, though, since it has Pro version. That's probably why some people are put off. The free version works pretty good when I tested it.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Sounds good. Higher success rate than Revo?
      Anyone know any software that will scan your computer and remove unneeded things from WinSxS? (Folders created by uninstalled apps, etc)

      • 1n1r2
        April 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm

        That is an important question, Lisa.
        I've been playing with Win10 Insider releases and Microsoft has done something quite nice here.

        If you do a complete reinistall of Windows 10, Microsoft will apply a single consolidated update to make your system current ( not the usual 300+ updates from previous versions ).

        A suggestion to Microsoft:
        - great idea.
        - now download that update and "slip stream" it into the original install so no updates are needed and there is zero bloat in WinSxS.