Uninstall an App Completely with Revo Uninstaller

When you uninstall an application inside of Windows, it tends to leave a few files behind. Specifically, registry values and information inside of your AppData directory leading to performance and compatibility issues down the road.

For those who typically find themselves manually deleting these leftover items, Revo Uninstaller markets itself as a viable solution. Is it any good? Let’s take a look…

Overview

Leftover directories and program data can be a bit of a nuisance. Some users may consider this to be a problem that can, over time, become very obtrusive to your day-to-day use of your computer. For example, file organization will become more confusing and difficult.

Revo simplifies this process by compiling a list of registry values, files, and folders that it believes were not removed by the application’s uninstaller. Simply select the data you wish to delete, and you will rid your computer of any annoying files that have been forgotten by the uninstallation process.

Revo Uninstaller Screenshot

Revo Uninstaller

Availability and Installation

Not only is Revo free, it is far more extensive than you might think. Of course, its primary function is to completely erase an application from your hard drive. Although, the default installation includes several tools that may assist you in other aspects when it comes to data removal.

The installation process for this application is rather simple. Having said that, you may have to navigate around the website for a few moments before uncovering the link that lists all of the versions.

After a very short 2.4MB download, the application should install within a few seconds.

Getting Started

When you launch Revo, you will be presented with a list of the installed applications on your computer. There are several methods for removing an application inside of Revo.

The most common would be to select the icon and continue with the process. The less common, yet more entertaining, method is to click the icon labeled “Hunter Mode.” This mode will allow you to place a cross hair on any icon on your desktop, start menu, or task bar. Revo will then “hunt” for the location of the file and proceed with the uninstallation process.

Revo Uninstallation Options

In your attempt to remove an application, Revo will offer you four methods of doing so:

  • built-in
  • safe
  • moderate and
  • advanced
  • .

    The built-in method simply runs the application’s uninstaller. The safe method will not only run the application’s uninstaller, it will preform a scan of your registry in order to locate and remove the values that are no longer needed. This method will also locate any files that the application has left behind.

    Moderate is essentially the same process as the safe method excluding the fact that moderate will perform a more extensive scan and potentially provide more accurate results. The advanced method is, again, essentially the same as moderate with a more detailed scanning process. I find that the advanced mode, regardless of the fact that it takes a longer amount of time to complete, provides me with the best results. Overall, the functionality of this application is fantastic.

    Performance and User Interface

    The performance on this application varies upon which mode you use to uninstall an application. Although it does its job well, it will utilize quite a large amount of CPU usage as well as RAM usage. If you have any amount of memory in your computer that is under 4GB, I would not recommend attempting to multitask while Revo is in the process of removing an application.

    Revo Options Panel

    Inside the preferences panel for Revo, there are a few basic options. You have the ability to exclude specific file formats and specific directories, change the language of the application, and system restore options.

    The design of this application is great for those who prefer their applications to actually resemble a Windows application. It blends in quite well and is very easy to navigate throughout. There are no fancy animations or anything of that nature. Although, there is one aspect that I would like to acknowledge and recommend improvement: The context menus are absolutely atrocious. Otherwise, I have not noticed any extreme design flaws.

    This application is free. However, for $39.25 you may purchase a pro license and be granted access to the following features.

    1. More advanced scanning algorithms
    2. Installation monitoring service
    3. Forced uninstall (forcing the removal of files after the application has already been removed)
    4. Backup service
    5. Printed list of installed applications
    6. Theme support and more UI options
    7. Command line support

    Conclusion

    This application gets the job done very well — disregarding the fact that it does take a little time depending on which method you use to remove an application.

    Irrespective of its flaws, I would still recommend this application to just about any Windows user. Compared to the uninstall process that is in Windows, Revo does a far better job. If you would like to download this application for yourself, head over to revouninstaller.com try it out.

    Do you use any other uninstaller or are you satisfied with the default Windows uninstaller? Let us know in the comments and thank you so much for reading!


Summary

Revo will completely remove any application without leaving behind old registry values, directories, or files.

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