IObit’s “Advanced Uninstaller” tries to satisfy your clean uninstalling desires

Recently IObit, a software publishing firm famous for their Advanced SystemCare software package and their Internet Security 360 scandal, released a freeware product – Advanced Uninstaller – that aims to serve all your uninstalling needs:

While the focus of Advanced Uninstaller is on performing clean uninstalls (i.e. performing a regular uninstall then scanning your computer for left over files and registry entries), it comes with a couple of other attractive features also:

  • The ability to perform “force” uninstalls (uninstalling programs that have no uninstaller)
  • The ability to uninstall programs in batch (uninstall multiple programs at once; take note that the “clean uninstalling” will happen in batch but you will be prompted to run the uninstaller of each individual program one at a time).

Other potentially useful aspects of Advanced Uninstaller include:

  • The option for you to view your installed programs by “All Programs”, “Recently Installed [Programs]“, “Large Programs”, “Rarely Used [Programs]“, and “Windows Updates”.
  • The ability to select between “Advanced” uninstalls or “Standard” uninstalls. (By default Advanced Uninstaller is set to do “Advanced” uninstalls, which are clean uninstalls; however one can also opt to do “Standard” uninstalls, which are the same thing as running the uninstaller from Add/Remove Programs.)
  • The ability to automatically create Windows Restore points because an uninstall takes place.
  • The logging of all actions taken by Advanced Uninstaller.
  • The ability to export the programs list into a text file.
  • Portability – no installation is necessary.

Of course Advanced Uninstaller looks good on paper, but in reality it is only worth how well it works. Seeing as the focus of the software is performing clean uninstalls, I did a (basic) test of Advanced Uninstaller vs RevoUninstaller to see which program did better clean uninstalls. I was disappointed to find that Advanced Uninstaller is yet still an infant – it doesn’t do very good clean uninstall; RevoUninstaller found files and registry entries leftover for programs while Advanced Uninstaller didn’t find much at all. Of course as I mentioned it was a basic test – nothing rigorous enough to be published into Computer Science Today – but the tests are good enough for me to put all my eggs in RevoUninstaller’s basket. I did, however, find Advanced Uninstaller’s ability to do batch uninstalls to be very, very useful; I wish RevoUninstaller had this feature.

You may download Advanced Uninstaller from the following links:

Version reviewed: v1.0.0

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 687.4 KB

IObit Advanced Uninstaller homepage [download page]

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44 comments

  1. janet

    @David:

    Actually, I stuck with Revo–it’s not that it doesn’t work on 64 bit apps–rather, it may not work with them….I find that almost all the programs I have (and I download a lot because of GAOTD and dottech) give the x86 folder as the default installation location even tho I a have a 64 bit system. And some install to both. I have not yet had a problem with Revo not working…..Most apps are still 32 bit…..

  2. David

    @Janet,

    Thank you for the replies from Revo. So I guess the answer is that the free version of Revo Uninstaller only works with 32 bit programs. Since Innovative Solutions’ Advanced Uninstaller is fully compatible with Windows 7 64 bit, I will give that one a try.

  3. Fish

    I don’t like the name COMODO that much, but I have installed Programs Manager for later testing (when I have the time).

    Apparently CMP promises to deal with 64- as well as 32-bit programs, compared with Revo Uninstaller which you have to pay for the Pro version in order to work on both.

    On the other hand, CMP installs its own Windows service which runs in the background.

    That’s as far as I know for now.

  4. janet

    @David:
    These are replies I received when I asked Revo your very question:

    REPLY #1

    Hello,
    thank you for your feedback!
    Revo Uninstaller Freeware supports Windows 7 32-bit, it works on windows 7 64-bit, but it is not fully supported and there are few known issues.

    As Revo Uninstaller Pro, which is 30-day fully functional trial, supports both Windows 7 versions – 32-bit and 64-bit.

    If you have any further questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

    Thank you!

    Best Regards,
    Revo Uninstaller Support Team
    http://www.revouninstaller.com

    REPLY #2

    As you may know there is no problem to run 32bit application on 64bit Windows, because of the Windows-32-on-Windows-64 (WOW64) compatibility layer. Revo Uninstaller does not list the native 64bit applications installed, but only 32bit, therefore you can’t use Revo Uninstaller for all applications on 64bit OSs. So, Revo Uninstaller does not fully support 64bit operating systems but you still can use it on 64bit.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro does fully support 64-bit operating systems and is fully functional 30 days! You can use it 30 days for free – this is one of the best ways to know how it’s work and to understand it’s features!

    If you have any further questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

    Thank you!

    Best Regards,
    Revo Uninstaller Support Team
    http://www.revouninstaller.com

  5. David

    @Ashraf

    Thank you for your insight. I have one question though about Revo Uninstaller. I have Windows 7 64 bit. When I go to the web page they have which compares their free version with the pro version, there is no check mark for the free on the line that says: “Full 64-bit compatibility – Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.” Is this a problem? Thanks for your help.

    http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

  6. Blue

    Those who prefer Revo to Advanced Uninstaller Free 10.1 from Innovative Solutions

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/Advanced-Uninstaller-FREE.shtml

    have not *tried* Advanced Uninstaller Free. Why? The monitored install feature, for one. It’s sort of like the same feature offered in Revo Pro except it works much better; allowing you to not only uninstall *completely* but allowing you to *restore* as well. Such comes in handy for lots of things, including those websites that offer time-limited installs (like the one Ashraf used to comment for); you’ll never again be at their mercy.

  7. Dragonheart

    Thanx for the review.
    I’ve used Advanced Uninstaller for several times the past week and liked it a lot.
    The nice and clean interface and the many options where a big plus for me. And of course the fact that it’s portable.
    But I have to agree with you: Revo does the job better and cleans more leftovers from uninstalled apps. However, many people use disk- and registrycleaners, like “Wise”, “Auslogics” or “IObit”.
    These cleaners should get rid of the junkfiles Advanced Uninstaller leaves behind.
    *

  8. Rita

    Once again, thank you for the very helpful review. Very helpful in making my decision. I appreciate all the hard work and time you put into testing the software and the screenshots you create to walk us through the installation process and familiarize us with the available options. I know this is very time-consuming, and I do appreciate your hard work.

    ~Rita

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @MikeR: Elegant as always. I agree with you on many grounds; however let me play devil’s advocate for a second. To what extent are you willing to boycott developers who show low morals and commit illegal activities? I ask because developers from all parts of world – ranging from powerhouses like Microsoft to small firms like IObit – have crossed the line at least once, often multiple times.

    Note: I am not defending IObit or low morals/illegal activities. I am simply playing devil’s advocate for discussion purposes.

  10. MikeR

    Sputnik:

    Thanks for the heads-up about the existing app Advanced Uninstaller from Innovative Solutions.

    They’re a respected outfit so I’m certainly going to road test their uninstaller.

    Surprising though that iObit’s much vaunted facility with the Internet and all things computing has somehow failed it: launching a product of the same type and with exactly the same name as an existing product provided by someone else seems somewhat, um, inept.

    Perhaps iObit will have a re-think now and rename it.

    Nevo sounds about right.

    :wink:

  11. Sputnik

    @Ashraf:

    I know, because I am the one who emailed to you the news about this new free uninstaller which is able to monitor the installation of a software.

    I also send a comment here about this today but it doesn’t appear : I also send another comment here about Suppress Plus and this one appears as comment #21.

  12. OldElmerFudd

    @Ashraf:

    Hah Ha! I seem to have the habit of uninstalling those after a day or two. Besides, I scour installed programs on all my machines every few months to see what I never really use – out they go!

    @MikeR:

    My sentiments as well. Even before I was aware of what they stood for, i always found the products over-hyped and disappointing. Not for me, either. It still surprises me they get so much support from freeware users. Go figure.

  13. Sputnik

    @Janetb:

    I use “Suppress Plus” from Perrysoft to export the programs list into a text file. In fact I use this software only for this function.

    There is also “MyUninstaller” from Nirsoft which is able to do the same, but I prefer “Suppress Plus” for this option.

    I like to use “MyUninstaller” for its ability to lead from the program’s name to its location in the register where I like to regularize the names of the softwares and the version numbers.

    Why don’t you install these two and compare ?

    From another point of view, I know Revo, but I don’t use it because I own Total Uninstall which is able to do the same and more and I like it very much.

  14. Sputnik

    There is also another free uninstaller with the exact same name but from a different maker : Innovative Solutions.

    It is, I think, the only free uninstaller which is monitoring the installation of a software in order to better uninstall it eventually.

    I must admit I didn’t used this software as I am currently working with Ashampoo Uninstaller and Total Uninstall, so I cannot say anything about it.

    The website of this software is this one :

    http://www.innovative-sol.com/uninstaller-free/index.htm

  15. MikeR

    @ Adrian, post 14:

    Astonishing to see a regular poster / contributor to dot tech asserting that intellectual property theft is of lesser consequence to an individual computer user than malware / spyware.

    The one is fraud. The other is vandalism. Every computer user is the poorer for either.

    iObit is a company whose provenance is deliberately obscured and whose promotional campaigns have been proven to be fraudulent.

    Its vigorous assertion of innocence in the Malwarebytes affair was consistent with such corporate duplicity: if MBM’s allegation of database theft had been groundless, then iObit had no reason at all to strip its 360 Security app of so much code.

    Quite the opposite, in fact. If iObit had been telling the truth.

    I appreciate, we live in a world where the standards of openness and integrity to which Ashraf aspires – the reason why I support dot.tech – are ideals as notable for their absence as their reality.

    Nevertheless, the defence of those ideals is something incumbent on every computer user — not out of some weird moral imperative, but self-interest, and self-protection.

    The contention, which you appear to be making, that intellectual property theft is in some way a victimless crime — “it doesn’t harm you at all” — is no different from the contention that insurance fraud is a victimless crime.

    Wrong.

    Everyone ultimately pays when deceit and deception are allowed to hold sway.

    And everyone is a victim.

    As with Nebulus and Yochanan, so too with me: iObit and its products merit no home on any computers I have, nor are they recommended to any of my friends or family.

  16. Yochanan

    Thanks for the review but I’ll stick with Revo Uninstaller. Sounds like you’ll be doing the same.

    I do not trust anything from IObit and probably never will. The only reason I’ve heard of them is because of the antivirus scandal. Great publicity guys.

  17. Adrian

    @Nebulus: That’s not too big a problem, considering the “scandal” (which was never proven to be true, although I believe in Malwarebytes and was the person who notified Ashraf about it) was intellectual property stealing and nothing dealing with malicious files/programs, which would mean that it wouldn’t harm you at all.

    Anyway, this is a portable app everyone! You can still download and try it out if you think Revo Uninstaller is better.

  18. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @phoenix_rising: The only problem is that if the developers of RevoUninstaller do add batch uninstall feature, they will probably add it to Pro and not Free so one will have to pay for it to get the feature. Personally, however, I don’t mind paying for RevoUninstaller (I use it so much…) but the extra features in Pro need to be worth the price tag. Right now, in my opinion, they aren’t worth it. Hopefully they will be worth the $$$ in the future.

  19. phoenix_rising

    @Ashraf: Agreed, Ashraf. The other day I wanted to remove a few programs that I had tried out to see which was best for my needs, and each time had to go through the whole uninstall process … so yes, a batch feature would be quite handy.

  20. OldElmerFudd

    IObit software has been a little inconsistent, imho, and sometimes feels like users are made into beta testers without their knowledge. Still, thanks for keeping us advised about their efforts; I wouldn’t have known of it otherwise.

    Since Revo appeared on my personal radar many months ago, I haven’t found any reason to change or go back to “snapshot” installer/uninstallers like Total Uninstall. It never occurred to me that a “batch” process was a desirable feature, perhaps because I never found the need. Ymmv.

  21. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @annie: You are welcome =). And thanks =).

    @John G.: You are welcome =).

    @Locutus: It does not have to be an either or. Personally I prefer /%category%/%post_id%/ because it keeps the URL nice and clean. However, today I realized that having %postname% in the URL helps make dotTech more search engine friendly. I kept %post_id% in after I added %postname% because I want to avoid potential future conflicts such as posts with the same name and legacy links.

  22. phoenix_rising

    Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Ashraf. I guess Revo still reigns and still has a home on my comp. But I, too, would love to see a batch uninstall feature built into it. One day, maybe …