Know What Software To Uninstall With Should I Remove It?

Craig Snyder 14-07-2013

Should I Remove It?Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve put out many articles reviewing and highlighting software that allows you to completely and cleanly uninstall applications from your system. Often times, you’ll install a program that seems to stick and either doesn’t come with an uninstaller or doesn’t seem to uninstall in its entirety. An application like GeekUninstaller GeekUninstaller Will Uninstall Programs You Thought You Couldn't [Windows] When it comes to third-party uninstallation software, everyone knows of Revo. 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.... Read More can definitely help you with that.


One issue many of you run into is not knowing what applications are essential, and otherwise bloat, in your list of installed programs. When you buy a new PC, it’s going to come with at least one or two things that are installed that you are going to want to immediately remove. It’s just how business works once the computer is purchased and unboxed, and I can’t see it stopping any time soon. Therefore, educate yourself. You need a way to know what is bloatware and what isn’t. Should I Remove It? will tell you just that.

Should I Remove It?’s Purpose

The idea behind Should I Remove It? is to create a database of applications that users like you and I have on our systems and monitor how frequently certain ones are removed. Those that are removed most often can then be analyzed to determine why they are being removed. You would probably guess that, in most instances, it would be software that includes heavy advertisements, free trial offers, and more.

Should I Remove It?

Should I Remove It? works perfectly with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. It’s been positively reviewed by several major websites and has received high marks and awards from sites like CNET.

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The application’s website itself is worth appreciating.


Should I Remove It?

The website is put together very nicely and the design is beautiful and clean. When software presents itself to you like this, it comes across as worth trusting and professional. After using Should I Remove It? for some time, I can say it qualifies in both regards.

Using Should I Remove It?

Upon installing Should I Remove It?, you’ll need to give it a few minutes to run through your PC and find all installed programs.

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Afterwards, Should I Remove It? will come up with a list of all of your installed applications. They will be sorted by removal rate, with the most removed programs being first and the least removed being last.

Analyzing Your Results

Should I Remove It?

As you can see in the screenshot above, I’ve only got a single program installed on my PC with a removal rate over 50%. Coincidentally enough, I have previously reviewed that piece of software; Toolbar Cleaner cleans your browser toolbars Get Rid Of Those Annoying Browser Toolbars With Toolbar Cleaner [Windows] Maybe it's a trend that is quickly coming back, or just coincidence and bad luck on my part, but I've noticed an alarming amount of new freeware applications coming bundled with toolbars. The only browser... Read More . Before you go and immediately uninstall an application, you should click the What is it? button.

Should I Remove It?


This will bring up an extremely extensive page telling you everything you could ever want to know about the software. The first thing they do is tell you what the software is. From there, you can see program details and files that are installed by the application. You’re able to see what IP the software makes any connections to, and you can see how much memory and CPU usage it consumes Moo0 System Monitor: Monitor Your Windows CPU, Memory & Network Performance Read More .

Should I Remove It?

Further down the page, there are graphs that show what OS the software is found most often on, and where in the world the application is installed the most. You’re also able to see which PC manufacturers have it installed the most. There’s not another application or online database that offers as much information as Should I Remove It? seems to, and that’s why it’s an excellent piece of software.

That being said, in this example it seems that Toolbar Cleaner is most often uninstalled because there is a path during the program’s installation that allows you to opt out of installing some annoying adware on your system. As I said in my article regarding the software, you want to be very careful that you avoid this. Most probably don’t, and therefore Toolbar Cleaner and its parts are removed from the system. That, or all toolbars you could have ever wanted to clean have been removed, and it’s time to remove the program as well.


Uninstalling Software With Should I Remove It?

Following through and uninstalling an application is as simple as tabbing back into the application window and clicking the appropriate button.


There are a few pieces of software of this type, but Should I Remove It? handles it better than any. It identifies bloat that we may not even know about rather than simply relying on the user’s manual input.

What do you think of Should I Remove It? Could you see it as a software to help you? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. Chara!
    December 21, 2015 at 9:21 am

    That just shows how ignorant you really are. The Internet is no safe place. a "normal person" is almost a much easier target than the people you have chosen to belittle. Hackers and other people who wish to do harm to others through viruses and other negative means usually find it easier to attack ignorant people who think regular safe websites are impossible to penetrate. You will find that you've probably been exposed to a trojan if not worse just by browsing Google for different cheeses or spying on the young girl next door on Facebook. Not all antivirus software are safe to use or even very effective, but that's simply because there exist people who wish harm on others and there just isn't anything you can do about it. Don't claim to be Bill Gates or Superman of the Internet just to force your unsourced knowledge onto everybody.

  2. Tammy
    March 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Ok I am basically computer newbie, use to Xp run computers, and learning 7...but just bought a new Lenevo laptop with win8 on it, lots of stuff that I have no idea if I need or want...I dont download many books, I like my music and movies so dont know if I need like 3 dvd/cd crap and what is safe to remove...and this site doesn't explain and I dont want to add another download just to learn what to you are no help

    • Druv B
      March 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thats a really old post my friend!! Anyways we are here to help whenever we can. So you just bought a new laptop. Congrats!! But as usual its filled with softwares you might never use. Just eating space and resources. Did you receive any help for removing those?! How full is your list of installed programs?! Maybe those applications are running are running in the background?! Its tricky to know what to keep and what not. Were you able to do it on your own?!

      Reply back if you need more help...

  3. Nithin singh
    August 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer. With the help of software we can do our work more easily.

  4. Passerby
    July 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I haven't tried shouldiremoveit program yet. I have only used its site. I don't really trust its program enough. The site is fine and very useful though. I don't really have a problem with adware or such things since I always read carefully before installing any programs. I also don't install any program I can't trust.

    Sadly, my brother does install software recklessly, which make his computer completely riddled with adware, spyware, bloatware etc. It was such a pain removing all those things from his computer that I have considered formatting his drive and re-installing windows again (I didn't do that though). He can't read English very well so he just clicks next and next and next.

  5. dragonmouth
    July 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Why would I put the removal of any software to a vote? I don't care if the entire Windows user base declares that the software is the "Greatest Thing SInce Sliced Bread", if I don't like it or I don't want it, it is GONE. That is why I removed Windows from all my PCs years ago.

  6. Raj S
    July 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks. Looks Great to me.

  7. MakeUseOf TechGuy
    July 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I really wish you'd put a little more thought into the title of this article. I spent 20 minutes wondering why the editors allowed such horrendous grammar, or whether I was just being stupid. But no, the title is actually that bad.

  8. Alex G
    July 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    good for the people that click on everything and install useless programs.

  9. Lisa Santika O
    July 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Seems like a nifty program, but seriously, the title is downright confusing at first.
    By the way, do you really have that many software installed?

  10. patricia
    July 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I only use MAC -- PC a little?

  11. Raan
    July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Hotspot warns this is an attack site:

  12. karen
    July 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    After reading this article I downloaded this SIRI? yesterday through cnet's which is supposed to check for virus/malware. Immediately my WinPatrol went crazy with warnings. I ended up having to remove 46 bad entries even though I kept answering NO on do I want to run/install one scammy thing or another. I had just done all my security checks before and all checks came up clean just prior to downloading. I hope I am now clear of this.

    Also from the short amt of time I checked SIRI? 's info it looked rather vague and not helpful at all. Quite a few just say not enough info at this time check back later.

  13. Xeon S
    July 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Useful.But if it could tell you what program can best replace the one you are using , that'd be great. :)

  14. Druv B
    July 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Nice article, but the problem with this approach is that newbies will try to remove all of them. I had a neighbour who deleted every software installed on his computer, even deleted the NTLDR and pagefile from C: because he thought it was useless. I usually remove software manually through uninstall. When someone needs help, I usually tell them to mail me their list of installed apps from control panel. I mail them back telling them what to remove and what to keep by giving simple instructions. Thats it, job done, even by phone....

    • Ananthanarayanan
      July 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

      1. Is there such a programme for Mac users? One that tells you as much about the installed apps so that one can take an informed decision on uninstalling?
      2. Can I know how to get in touch with "Druv B", so I could use his help?

    • Tammy
      March 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      I hear ya I am somewhat a newbie

  15. Claude LaFreniere
    July 14, 2013 at 9:14 am


    According to the "bad site filter" of Hotspot Shiel VPN:

    "Warning: this is a reported attack page, blocked by HotspotShield!"

    In the Addictive Tips site about this software the user Cory report:


    Nice looking software but seems pretty scammy itself. First it displays an ad to download a PC Speed Boost program. Second it has its own program recommendation system which just smells of affiliate money generation. And thirdly their system provides highly suspicious ratings. How could Babylon Toolbar get any ratings at all?


    • Me
      July 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      HSS is known for having a terrible "protection". I own the Elite version and it's often telling me that my own website is an attack page LOL.

  16. Ashwin D
    July 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Would Be Nice If Its Info Is More Accurate!!

  17. Devon
    July 14, 2013 at 4:50 am

    As long as such program is not portable it doesnt make any sense. Why would I want to install just another programm?!

    • Alex
      July 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

      also you need to download it - that's another "big" problem!

      thanks for review

      • Esaure
        July 15, 2013 at 4:33 am

        That is not a problem for me but would be better to have it portable, i remove that crapware (seen in caps) and viruses by hand. My PC is running XP without antivirus.

        There is many people that installs lots of crapware that they saw in ads, like registry cleaners/optimizers.

        • Me
          July 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          Yes a normal person who checks carefully never needs an AV, unfortunately 98% are the people are the "i-close-my-eyes-and-click"-Facebook generation.