[Review] Cleanse Uninstaller Pro 6.5

Giveaway of the day for May 28, 2010 is:

Cleanse Uninstaller Pro 6.5

Version Reviewed:

6.5

Software description as per GOTD:

Cleanse Uninstaller Pro is the advanced uninstaller that finds and removes even the most stubborn software. Uninstall faster, easier and more completely than you do with other programs. No more problems with uninstalling!Using the Auto Find uninstall software function all you have to do is drag and drop the program’s icon you want to uninstall onto Cleanse Uninstallers icon and Cleanse will Auto Find the program in the uninstall list and start the advanced uninstall process.

Locutus’ note:

CUP6.5 was last given out on Nov 26, 2009 as version 6.0. Ashraf reviewed it like he did other giveaways. Today’s version is 6.5. The following are the changes made in 6.5 as per the developer:

  • GUI Updates.
  • Burn File now supports drag and drop.
  • Language file uppdates.
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • Local help file updated.
  • Improvements to cleanup engine.

For information on rest of the program please refer back to Ashraf’s review of version 6.0.

“The Good”, “The Bad”, the scoring and the verdicts below are copied from the previous review. Note that they may be slightly outdated as I (Locutus) can not do a comprehensive check on the items.

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Quick Pros and Cons

The Good

  • Straightforward and fairly easy to use.
  • Performs regular uninstall of programs, then searches for left over registry entries, files, and folders.
  • Gives users ability to enable prompt to create restore restore before every uninstall.
  • Can create full backup of registry.
  • Can backup registry entries/files/folders before they are deleted.
  • Has a handy “force uninstall” for programs not listed in uninstall list.
  • Has *extra* tools: startup manager, junk file cleaner, and secure file deletion.

The Bad

  • Algorithm to search for left over registry entries can be improved.
  • Although legacy files (for most people), IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS are not necessarily “junk” files as listed under the Junk File Cleaner.
  • Besides maximization, program window is not resizable.
  • Program window always starts fully maximized.
  • Does not automatically refresh the installed programs list when a new program is installed and the Cleanse Uninstaller is running.

Rating (out of 10)

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Ease of Use

Point and click.
10

Performance

Performs pretty well in terms of uninstalling programs and finding left over registry entries, files, and folders. However the algorithm to find left over registry entries can be improved a little.
8

Usefulness

Everyone uninstalls programs on a frequent basis. This will be useful to most everyone.
10

Price

$19.95 is a reasonable price.
8

Final Score

8

Total

8.8
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Quick Verdict

Full Review

To read the full review, please visit Ashraf’s post on version 6.5.

Final Verdict

Cleanse Uninstaller Pro 6 does fairly well in terms of uninstalling programs so I give it a thumbs up. However there is definitely room for improvement, mostly in leftover registry scanning. That being said, my recommendation for today is RevoUninstaller if you want a program similar to Cleanse Uninstaller but a little bit more mature. Otherwise, if you have the patience, I recommend Ashampoo Uninstaller 3 over RevoUninstaller and Cleanse Uninstaller both because Ashampoo Uninstaller 3 does the best clean uninstalls out of all three programs. Personally, I use Ashampoo Uninstaller 3 and RevoUninstaller both.

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19 comments

  1. floridaze

    I could not WARN anybody enough about this program.  I did a deep uninstall (don’t remember exactly what it was called, whatever the most thorough one is) to remove whatever program from my machine.  I wanted all traces of it gone, right?  So I let Cleanse delete all that it found.  BIG mistake.  My computer was immediately unusable, and that included accessing System Restore.  I had to have the hard drive wiped and WinXP reinstalled.  Several people tried several times to save my drive and just do a repair install of Windows, but this program had deleted so many registry keys that it was impossible.  I was told not to EVER use it again.  I can’t suggest strongly enough that you never use it to begin with.

  2. Disable USB Port

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    I just tried it but an error message that says windows can’t open the compressed file because it is invalid. Same message if I use the mirror site.

    Is there any help?

  3. moe-chan

    This Cleanse Uninstaller Pro has a defect at estimating application’s size. I compared it with Revo Uninstaller Free and for the same application, Revo could display more information than Cleanse Uninstaller.
     
     

  4. OldElmerFudd

    @Mr.Dave: Yeah, I have the same questions. As I said, I’ve never found an argument in favor of the pre- and post- snapshot style of uninstaller that satisfies me.
     
    My VM choice currently is Virtual Box, after using Sandboxie for a long time. Oracle just added some nice improvements after they acquired it from Sun. I’ll take a look at Clean Sweep – istm I know about it, but haven’t tried it in a long time.

  5. Mr.Dave

    @OldElmerFudd: I’m also hesitant to use before/after snapshot scans as the basis for uninstalling.  First, it adds about half an hour to the install process on my system, using Ashampoo Magical Uninstall, for example.  There’s the pre-install snapshot, the post-install snapshot, and the comparison of the two.  I have a large registry file and a terabyte of mostly full disk storage, but that’s a lot of extra time.
     
    Second, there’s no way in windows to tell everything else “Wait, don’t write any thing to the disk or change the registry, I’m doing something important (monitoring a new installation) and I don’t want to be bothered by all your automatic updates and indexing and virus scans and performance monitoring”.  So other things will change during the install, especially when the install requires a reboot in the middle.  Do all these changes get “undone” when I uninstall the program?  If I don’t uninstall right away, other changes could easily be based on some of these incidental changes caught in the snapshot sandwich.
     
    Third, I can’t make any of my own changes during the snapshot process, for fear they’ll get undone in a future uninstall.  Might be a simple as losing a few bookmarks or cookies, or an entire Excel file that Excel happened to “autosave” between the two snapshots.  Two months later I uninstall the program and lose my Excel work, which I might not even notice for days or weeks, and then I would just wonder what could have happened to it and whether I still had a backup image old enough to get it back….
     
    I’m curious if anyone has evidence that my logic is wrong, it would be great to trust programs like that because they would be more thorough than Revo.  It would be even better if all programs knew how to clean up after themselves, or if Windows monitored installations.  I really miss the OLD days when a program went into a folder, and not Windows, Windows\System32, Program Files, ProgramData, AppData, VirtualStore, Local Low, Local Roaming and hundreds (or thousands) of registry keys scattered all over several hives.  I really appreciate the folks at Revo for sorting this stuff out so well!
    I used to use a program called Clean Sweep that monitored the actual install process and kept detailed log files of everything the process changed.  Still risky to uninstall, but better by far than a general system snapshot.  Anymore, I find myself using Returnil or Sandboxie to try out new programs, and our dear friend Revo does ALL uninstalls.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  6. rezidue

    @Joji: Before you buy Revo Pro check out Total Uninstall by Gavrila Martau. It is the only choice if you’re actually willing to spend money.
    Not only is it an installation monitor as well as an uninstaller, it can also make a complete backup of an uninstalled programme (everything – programme files, registry keys, activation info, etc.), so you can re-install.
    Learning curve (and price) is probably a bit higher but well worth it. I’d recommend test installs/uninstalls to not lose anything you care about while getting familiar with it’s functions.
    Seriously – give it a try ;)
    Regards,
    Damian

  7. OldElmerFudd

    @Joji: Thanks for the heads up on the Pro discount.
    That said, I’ve always had problems with software that monitors installation (as Pro does) to create a “snapshot” for later restoration after uninstalling. Look at it this way – you monitor and install program A, which makes changes to some file in \windows\system 32\*.*  A second snapshot has to be made at this point to restore your system to the previous state.
     
    Then you do the same thing with a new program and the install again modifies \windows\system32\*.* and creates more before and after snapshots in the process. OK so far? Then, you uninstall program A and the snapshot tries to restore system files that have been modified by the second (or more ) installations. Does the ‘snapshot” of A completely match? I don’t recall hearing any argument that this is possible.
     
    Granted, I use the free version of Revo and have for a long time – I just don’t see the advantages of the Pro version when real-time installation monitoring seems to be one of the principal “advantages.” As always, imho, ymmv.

  8. david roper

    This back and forth about what’s good and what’s bad is what this forum is about.  It’s healthy.  What would be bad is no responses to anything.  Find a flaw, tell it.  Find a Gem, tell it.
    I enjoyed the article even though I have not installed it and do not plan to.  REVO is too far in front of the pack.
    Thanks, Locatus. good  article.

  9. ebony

    I downloaded the sw and it only saw a 26 of my programs whereas Rev list 106. So I went back to the website and read the reviews in which on user stated that he had the same problem and found out that it did not was not for vista 64. So I uninstalled.

  10. Joji

    I prefer Revo over this. Revo rules the whole universe! Nothing beats Revo! I’m going to buy pro… with the 50% discount!
     
    BTW, click this: https://revouninstaller.plimus.com/jsp/buynow.jsp?contractId=2809072
     
    For 50% discount on Revo Uninstaller Pro. :) Hope that helps!
     
    ~Joji~
     
    ~Joji~

  11. Mags

    I downloaded and this the last time it was on GOTD.  I eventually uninstalled since I felt the Revo did a better job.
    I downloaded and installed it again today, just to see if it was better than the last time.  However, haven’t had the time to try it out yet.  Was going to give it a shot this weekend.
    Now maybe I won’t.