Revo Uninstaller Pro 3.0.7 Review

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    Revo Uninstaller Pro
    Ver. 3.0.7

    Introduction

    Revo Uninstaller Pro is a useful program that helps you uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer. Revo Uninstaller Pro is a much faster and more powerful alternative of the Windows Add or Remove Programs application that allows you to efficiently manage your installed programs. Any program may leave a lot of data in your computer after its removal. There are countless numbers of applications that leave a lot of unused data, such as Registry entries and files and folders in your computer. Not all leftover Registry keys in your computer are errors, so many Registry cleaners cannot detect them. RevoUninstaller Pro helps you remove the Registry keys, files and folders, left by the program you uninstall.

    Features

    • Real-Time installation monitor
    - for complete uninstall
    • Logs Database
    - traced installations by our team ready to uninstall your installed programs
    • Forced Uninstall
    - remove stubborn programs
    • Quick\Multiple Uninstall
    - quick uninstall of one or few programs
    • Advanced scanning for leftovers
    - remove remnants of programs
    • Manage installation logs
    - edit, review, share(export, import) logs
    • Multi-Level Backup System
    - safe uninstall of programs
    • Junk Files Cleaner
    - remove unnecessary files
    • Autorun Manager
    - control Windows startup
    • Windows Tools
    - useful Windows tools in one place
    • Browsers Cleaner
    - clear Internet browser history
    • MS Office Cleaner
    - clear Microsoft Office history
    • Windows Cleaner
    - remove junk files from your Windows
    • Evidence Remover
    - erase permanently confidential data
    • Unrecoverable Delete
    - erase permanently files and folders

    User Interface

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    The main window of Revo Uninstaller Pro is divided into movable and flexible user interface components. By default the Menu Bar is at the top of the main window. It can be turned on and off from the View menu, and it can be moved by dragging it.

    The Commands toolbar is located beneath the menu bar. It contains the available commands for the current active tool. The Commands toolbar can also be turned on and off from the View menu, and can be moved by dragging too. You can show or hide the text of the icons from the options. The size of the icons can be changed from the options as well.
    The Main toolbar contains some of the main features of Revo Uninstaller Pro. By default it is hidden, but it can be turned on from the View menu and, just like the Commands Toolbar it can be moved and resized from the Options.

    The Tools toolbar is located at the left side of the main window. It contains the tools, included in Revo Uninstaller Pro. Commands toolbar-like icon and text size adjustment is also available here. At the bottom of the main window is the Status Bar. Depending on the active tool it can show some additional information. It can be turned on and off from the View menu. The Description Panel is by default located above the status bar. It shows some common information about the active tool. It can be turned on and off from the View menu and it can be moved by dragging (pressing the mouse button anywhere in its window). The Description Panel supports also an “auto hide” feature that hides and shows the panel on mouse over. To activate/deactivate the “auto hide” option press the small button with the shape of a pin in the right upper part of the panel window. When the All Programs or Traced Programs module is activated and the shown list, Icon or List mode, the Description Panel is used as Details Panel when an item is selected, thus showing some of the important properties of the selected item.

    Currently active tool is shown in the middle part of the main window. Many tools can be open at the same time, but only one of them is active. To navigate among the open tools just press their tabs on top of the active window. You can also open a tool by pressing its button on the Tools toolbar or using the Tools menu.

    Uninstaller

    When Revo Uninstaller Pro is started, its main window shows installed programs on your computer. Depending on the settings, other items, such as system updates or system components may be listed also. Depending on the view setting, programs are shown as Icons, List, and with Details such as Name, Size, Version, Type, Installation Date, Company, Comment, Uninstall String, Registry Key and Website.

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    By default, installed programs are shown in Icons view and when you select a program in the Description Panel, some of the properties of the program, like: Icon, Size, Version, Install Data, Company, Update Link and Web Site, are shown below. Similar data you may also see when you hover the mouse cursor over a program in the list. In that case the data is shown as Tooltip, next to the mouse cursor.

    In Details view you can right-mouse click on the column header and show or hide some of the columns. This way you can also choose what to print. Printing works only in Details view and that is why it is better to setup printing as Landscape view – to see much more info in one page.

    By default Revo Uninstaller Pro shows programs in Icons view in two groups:

    New programs – programs installed last 7 days (the number of the days can be changed from the options) or since the last run of the uninstaller;

    Other Programs – all programs that are installed before last 7 days, or before the last run of the uninstaller.

    You can assign each program to a group by using the context menu, shown on right-mouse click on a program. Removing a program from a group is also possible from the context menu. Default groups are Internet, Games, Multimedia and Utilities. Additional groups can be added from the options - Groups Manager - or directly from:

    Context menu -> Add to Group -> Add new group

    The selected item (with a right-mouse click on it) will be moved to the newly added group automatically.

    Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name, publisher or comment. When you type some text in the Search field, right below you will see the number of found programs that match the search criteria.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro has a command to export installed programs to HTML, TXT and XLS (Microsoft Excel table). To use the command go to

    Main menu -> File ->Export to

    You can choose which details you can export.

    NOTE: To export installed programs to Microsoft Excel you must have Microsoft Excel installed and working properly.


    Some other commands available from the context menu are:

    Search at Google for – Use it to search with Google for the application name, or the publisher of the application. This command will open your default web browser and display the results of the search;

    Open About Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address containing information about the application;

    Open Help Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address containing help information;

    Open Update Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address providing update information;

    Install Location – Opens Windows Explorer, so you can see where the selected application is installed;

    Open Registry Key – Opens the Registry editor (RegEdit.exe) and displays the Registry key containing the uninstall information of the selected application;

    Add/Edit Comment – Opens a window to add a comment about the program or edit the comment if such already exists. The comment is visible in Details view;

    Change Icon – Opens a window to select a new icon for the program shown in the list. You can search for an icon in any EXE or DLL file.

    Uninstall

    The main command you can use on the list of installed programs is Uninstall. Selecting a program and pressing Uninstall toolbar button will show up the Uninstall Wizard.

    Firstly, in background, Revo Uninstaller Pro will try to find a matching traced log or logs to the program you are uninstalling. It searches among the logs you have traced or imported and the logs in the Logs Database. If there is more than one log related to the program for uninstall, or you have a log, but it is for a previous version of the program you are trying to uninstall, you will see a window asking you if you want to use found log(s) during the uninstall procedure. Otherwise, if there is an appropriate log and Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to use it, you will be notified on the second step of the Uninstall Wizard, during the analyzing of the initial data.

    After the Uninstall Wizard is shown Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to create a system restore point and a full Registry backup (if it is not disabled in Options) and then Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to run the built-in uninstaller of the uninstalled program. After you have finished uninstallation with the built-in uninstaller, you have to press Scan button to continue the uninstall process with Revo Uninstaller Pro.

    NOTE: The built-in uninstaller may show up behind other open windows and you may need to switch between them by using the Alt+Tab key combination – hold Alt key and press Tab.

    You can choose the scanning mode before the scan:

    Safe - performs a scan in the Registry and the hard drive to find leftover items that are safe to delete. This is the fastest mode;

    Moderate
    - includes the Safe mode and performs an extended scan to find all of the application's leftover information in the most common places of the Registry and the hard drive;

    Advanced - includes the Moderate mode and performs a deep and thorough scan to find all of the application's leftover information in the Registry and on the hard drive. This is the slowest mode.

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    Pressing Scan button will trigger scanning for leftovers and the results (if any) will show up automatically. Revo Uninstaller Pro shows found leftover Registry items first. Registry keys and values found as created by the uninstalled program are in bold. Not bold keys are considered as not created by the uninstalled program. You can also check mark them but they will not be deleted! They have check mark options just because it is easier to select the top parent and automatically check mark its sub items – no need to go through all of them and check mark them separately, so, whatever you check mark, when you press Delete button only check marked bold items are going to be deleted, even when Select All button is used.

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    Deleted Registry items are backed up, so if you need them later you can restore them using the Backup Manager.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro contains advanced algorithms to find leftovers related only to the uninstalled program. In some cases these algorithms, especially in Advanced uninstall mode, could list some items related to another program. It could happen, but NOT necessarily (not always), when you have installed two or more versions of a program, for example "Adobe Photoshop CS" and "Adobe Photoshop CS5". In this case the user can distinguish the leftovers. It also could happen if you want to uninstall only a component of a big software package (i.e. a component of Microsoft Office). In that case Revo Uninstaller Pro could list the rest of the components as leftovers, because they are installed in the same folder and Revo Uninstaller Pro cannot distinguish them (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc). It is better to use Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove the whole software package instead of a component.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro also includes safety algorithms and will NOT list some leftovers if it decides that deleting them can harm your system. Therefore, although it does a better job than Windows Add or Remove Programs application and the built-in uninstaller of the application you want to uninstall, it still may miss something due to safety and the uninstall mode you choose - Safe, Moderate and Advanced.
    In Revo Uninstaller Pro we have implemented a lot of protections to make it safer and secure, while trying to maximize its accuracy in searching for leftovers.

    Basically you can easily distinguish the leftovers (by name, by install path) and in most of the cases Select All button could be safely used. There are GUIDs and CLSIDs (alphanumeric items) which are correct leftovers in 99% of the cases, so you can safely delete them.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro creates a Windows System Restore Point, full Registry backup and backs up every item you delete.
    There is also a context menu, which you can see by right-mouse clicking on the leftover items:

    Expand All – expands all items of the shown Registry tree – by default it is expanded so you may not see any difference first time you use this command;

    Collapse All – collapses all items of the shown Registry tree;

    Export All – export shown leftover data to HTML file;

    Expand selected key – expands only the selected key and its sub items;

    Collapse selected key – collapses the selected key and its sub items;

    Uninstall selected key – deletes the key from the system;

    Mark selected key as Created – marks selected key as created by the program you are uninstalling. This feature is useful when you see a Registry key which you are sure is created by the program, but not marked as created because of the safety algorithms in Revo Uninstaller Pro;

    Add to Exclude List
    – adds the selected key to the exclude list, which protects the key from deletion. Excluded keys have red color and you can edit the exclude list from options in Revo Uninstaller Pro;

    Open Registry Key… - open the selected Registry key in Windows Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).

    After finishing removal of the Registry leftovers you can press Next button and continue with the file and folder leftovers. Note that Next button may not be available if there are no other leftovers found.

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    Revo Uninstaller Pro shows you found leftover files and folders so you can check the results and delete them. You can see the number of leftover files and folders found.

    Deleted files and folders are moved to the Recycle Bin by default, so you can recover them from there. You can change that option from Options -> All Programs.

    There is a context menu, which you can use by right mouse-click on a file of folder:

    Open – command on the context menu which acts the same way if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on nothing will happen;

    Properties ¬– command on the context menu, which acts the same way if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification etc;
    Open Containing Folder – opens the folder that contains selected item in Windows Explorer;

    Export – exports the list of found leftover files and folders to a HTML file.

    You can use Select All button to select all found leftover files and folders at once and then use Delete button to delete them.

    Quick Uninstall

    Another way to uninstall a program, or a few programs at once, is to use the Quick Uninstall command. To use it you have to select one or more programs from the list of installed programs and press the Quick Uninstall button from the Commands toolbar. That command will open a window and start the uninstallation of the program(s).

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    The sequence of actions is similar to the regular Uninstall command of Revo Uninstaller Pro, but when it comes to the step where you have to review and delete the leftovers, the Quick Uninstall operation automatically deletes the leftovers, reporting to you the number of deleted leftovers; in case you have selected more than one program for uninstall, the uninstallation of the next selected program is automatically started. However, the system restore point and the Registry backup are not done again, as it is not necessary, because they were done at the beginning.
    Again, by default, all deleted Registry entries are backed up and any found leftover files and folders are deleted to the Recycle Bin
    Traced Programs

    Traced Programs module of the uninstaller shows all logs of installations traced using Revo Uninstaller Pro.
    To trace a program with Revo Uninstaller Pro you can right-mouse click on its installation (setup) package file and select Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro or press Install Programs button on the main toolbar. More details are available at section 3.4 in the user's guide.
    Depending on the view setting, logs are shown as Icons, List, and with Details such as Name, Size, Creation Date, Registry items, Files and Folders, Comment, and Import status

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    By default, created logs are shown in Icons view and when you select a log in the Description Panel some of the properties of the log like: Icon, Size, Date, Registry items and Files and Folders, are shown below. Similar data you may also see when you hover the mouse cursor over a log in the list. In that case the data is shown as Tooltip, next to the mouse cursor.

    Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name or comment. When you type some text in the Search field, just below you will see the number of found programs, matching the search criteria.

    All logs are grouped in two default groups – New Programs and Other Programs. Total number of logs is shown on the status bar.
    You can assign each log to a group by using the context menu, shown on right-mouse click on a log. Removing a log from a group is also possible from the context menu. Default groups are Internet, Games, Multimedia and Utilities. Additional groups can be added from the options - Groups Manager - or directly from:

    Context menu -> Add to Group -> Add new group

    The selected item (with a right-mouse click on it) will be moved to the newly added group automatically.
    Some other commands available from the context menu are:
    Export Log - Export the files of the log and make them ready for import;
    Delete Log - Deletes the log from the list and all data in the log, but the logged program is untouched;
    Add/Edit Comment - Opens a window to add a comment about the log or edit the comment if such already exists. The comment is visible in Details view;
    Change Icon - Opens a window to select a new icon for the program shown in the list. You can search for an icon any EXE or DLL file;
    Rename Log - Lets you to change the name of the log in the list;
    Edit Log - Open a window allowing you to change all data of the log. For more information check section 3.2.4;
    Remove from Group - Removes selected log(s) from its current group.

    Settings of the module are located at Options -> Traced Programs


    Uninstall

    Uninstallation of a logged program reverts all changes made to the system during its installation the way they are logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro. This process includes changes to the Windows Registry, files and folders.
    After executing the command uninstalling of Registry items, files and folders begins and you can see the progress of the process.

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    The window closes automatically when it completes. By default all changed Registry items are backed up. If you want to back up the uninstallation of files and folders you have to set the option in Options->Uninstaller

    Custom Uninstall


    Custom uninstall of logged program allows you to select which changes, made to the system during the install of the program, you want to revert. After executing the command, the uninstall wizard, with just one or two steps, depending on the items that the log consist of, shows up. A tree structure shows all logged (if any) Registry items in the first step of the uninstall wizard. The wizard has two windows – the left one shows the tree of the Registry keys, and the right one shows the list of the values. There are two counters in the lower part of the window. They show the numbers of logged keys and values of the program.
    When you click on a key in the tree, if it has any logged values, they are shown in the list.
    The different colors and fonts of items are giving more information about the items like:
    Bold item – logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro as created by the installed program
    Red item – the item is excluded from the process of uninstall (the list of excluded items is shown in the Options->Uninstaller->Traced Programs->Registry tab)
    Grayed item – the item does not exist in the system at the moment

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    You have to check mark items that you want to uninstall. If you want to uninstall all of them you can use the Select All button to check mark them all. But, whatever you have marked, only bold checked mark items will be uninstalled.

    To start the uninstall process, press Uninstall button, and you will see the progress of the operation.

    There are some commands available from the context menu of the tree:
    Expand All – expands the whole tree so the whole hierarchy of keys is visible;
    Collapse All – collapses the whole tree making “My Computer” the only visible item;
    Export All – export shown leftover data to HTML file;
    Expand selected key – expands only the current key making all its sub items visible;
    Collapse selected key – collapses only the current key making its sub items invisible;
    Uninstall selected key – uninstalls the selected key. The command is executed no matter if the key is check marked or not;
    Mark selected key as Created – marks the selected key as if it is created by the program so it will be removed during the process of uninstall;
    Add to Exclude List – Adds the full path of the current Registry key to the exclude list, thus protecting it from manipulations during the uninstall;
    Open Registry Key – Opens current key in the Windows Registry Editor.

    There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of values:
    Uninstall selected values – uninstalls the selected values. To select more than one value you can hold left mouse button and press Ctrl key from the keyboard to select random values or Shift key to select a group of values;
    Open Parent Registry key – opens the key owner of a selected value in the Windows Registry Editor.

    If there are any files and folders in the log you can press the Next button of the wizard and you will see the list of logged files and folders. In the lower part of the window there are two counters that show the numbers of files and folders of the program that are logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro. There is also an option to rename the items that have existed before the install of the program and have been renamed during the uninstallation. This option is: Execute Rename operations of previously existing on the system files and folders.

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    If you want to uninstall some files and folders, you have to check mark some existing file or folders or use the Select All button to check all existing items and uninstall them pressing the Uninstall button.

    There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of files and folders:
    Open – command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on nothing will happen;
    Properties ¬– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification, etc.;
    Open Containing Folder – opens the folder, containing the selected item in Windows Explorer.

    Advanced Uninstall

    While the uninstall of a log is proceeding, Revo Uninstaller Pro may recognize, that there is some data, that may be related to the uninstalled program, but was not deleted, because it was not logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro during the installation of the program. In that case you will see a window with Advanced Uninstall button. The Advanced Uninstall feature lets you review and delete the data, Revo Uninstaller Pro suggests to be related to the program you are trying to uninstall. If you want to review and eventually delete it, press the Advanced Uninstall button. This action will start the Advanced Uninstall wizard, which may consist of two steps. First one shows possibly related to the uninstalled program keys and values, existing in the Registry, and the second one - possible related files and folders on your hard drive(s).


    If there are possibly related to the uninstalled program Registry items you will see the first step of the wizard - tree with Registry items you can uninstall. When you click on a key in the tree its values, if any, are shown in the list. The font property of items is used to give more information about the items. Such information is:
    Bold item – treated by Revo Uninstaller Pro as related to the uninstalled program
    Red item – the item is excluded from the process of uninstall (the list of excluded items is shown in the Options->Uninstaller->Traced Programs->Registry tab)

    You have to check mark items the items you want to uninstall. If you want to uninstall all of them you can use the Select All button to check mark them all. Whatever you have marked, only bold checked mark items will be uninstalled.

    To start the uninstall operation press Uninstall button and you will see the progress of the operation.

    There are several commands available from the context menu of the tree:

    Expand All – expands the whole tree, so the entire hierarchy of keys is visible;
    Collapse All – collapses the whole tree making “My Computer” the only visible item;
    Expand selected key – expands only the current key making all its sub items visible;
    Collapse selected key – collapses only the current key making its sub items invisible;
    Uninstall selected key – uninstalls the selected key. The command is executed no matter if the key is check marked or not;
    Mark selected key as Created – marks the selected key as if it is created by the program so it will be removed during the process of uninstall;
    Add to Exclude List – Adds the full path of the current Registry key to the exclude list, therefore protecting it from manipulations during the uninstall;
    Open Registry Key – Opens the current key in the Windows Registry Editor.

    There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of values:

    Uninstall selected values – uninstalls the selected values. To select more than one value you can hold left mouse button and press Ctrl key from the keyboard to select random values or Shift key to select group of values;
    Open Parent Registry key – opens the key owner of selected value in the Windows Registry Editor.

    To see possibly related files and folders on your hard drive(s) you can press the Next button of the wizard and you will see the list of files and folders. In the lower part of the window there are two counters that show the numbers of shown files and folders. If you want to uninstall some files and folders you have to check mark them or use Select All button to check all existing items and then uninstall them pressing Uninstall button.

    There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of file and folders:

    Open – command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that, if there is no file association for the file you click on, nothing will happen;
    Properties ¬– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification, etc.;
    Open Containing Folder – opens the folder, containing the selected item in Windows Explorer.




    Manage

    The Manage drop down button has few possible commands concerning the log:

    Export Log - opens a window to select a path and a name of the exported log file you want to create. It exports the selected logs file and data in a single file in “.ruel” format - Revo Uninstaller Pro’s own file format for exported logs, so, it is easy to share the log's data and import it in Revo Uninstaller Pro, for example, on another computer. For example, if you have problems uninstalling Program A or just want to do a better uninstall of Program A and a friend of yours has installed and traced the same program and has a log, he can just export the log and send it to you. You can import it and use it to uninstall the program just as if you have traced it yourself.
    Import Log - This command opens a window to select a .ruel file for import. It imports the data from the exported - .ruel file to the local storage of logs of Revo Uninstaller Pro, so, after an import operation, a log with the same name as the imported file will appear in your list of Traced Programs and you can operate the log as if it is made by you and you have traced the installation of that programs yourself.
    An alternative way to import an exported log file is to double click on it in your file manager, during which Revo Uninstaller Pro must be closed.
    Edit Log - Opens a window that lets you review and edit any aspect of the data stored in a log. The opened window has 3 tabs - Properties, Registry Items and Files and Folders.



    Properties - From this tab you can review and edit some common information of the log. You can change the Name, Icon, Author or the Comment of the log. Other listed fields are read, but they can be automatically changed if you modify other sections of the log.
    Registry Items - From this tab you can review and modify the logged Registry changes of the current log. A tree structure shows all logged (if any) Registry items in a window divided by two parts – the left one shows the tree of the Registry keys and the right one shows the list of the values. When you click on a key in the tree its values, if any, are shown in the list. The context menu commands and the meaning of the colored or bold items in the tree and list are the same as described in the Custom Uninstall section 3.2.1. All the modifications can be made using the commands from the toolbar of the top of the Edit window. Here are the commands:
    Add Value/Key - To add a key or a value to the log, first you have to select a key from the tree that will be the parent of the newly added item. Then, in the opened window you have to enter the name and to select the operation;
    Modify - First you have to select the key or value you want to modify. Then, executing the command, you can modify the name or the operation of the item;
    Delete - Executing this command will delete selected Registry item from the log only (not uninstall);
    Export to HTML - Exports the data from the opened tab to a HTML file.

    Files and Folders - From this tab you can review and modify files and folders operation of the current log. A list shows all traced operations. The context menu commands are the same as the described for the Files and Folders page of the wizard in the Custom Uninstall section 3.2.1. All the modifications can be made using the commands from the toolbar of the top of the Edit window. Here are the commands
    Add File/Folder - Executing the command you see a window where you have to enter the full path of the item (or select it from your hard drive using the Browse button) and to select the operation;
    Modify - First you have to select the file or folder you want to modify. By executing the command you can modify the name or the operation of the item
    Delete - Executing the command will delete selected item from the log only (not uninstall);
    Export to HTML - Exports the data from the opened tab to a HTML file.

    Logs Database

    This is a database of logs of traced programs through the monitoring module of Revo Uninstaller Pro made and managed by Revo Uninstaller Pro's team. Those logs are stored on our web server and you can easily (with just one click) use them to uninstall programs or to uninstall leftovers of already uninstalled program.
    Using a log from the Logs Database is the same as if you have made the log and traced the program yourself. Therefore, even installing Revo Uninstaller Pro on a fully loaded computer with a lot of installed programs, you can take advantage of the possibility for better and complete uninstall using the logs from the Logs Database, as you only have to search for the program you want to uninstall and select Uninstall command.

    You can open the Logs Database from the toolbar button while you are in All Programs or Traced Programs module or from the main menu - Modules submenu

    When you open the Logs Database, you will see by default a list of logs compatible to your Windows version. In the status bar you see:

    - on the left side the number of the listed logs after they are filtered;
    - on the right side the number of all the logs in the database.

    The database is automatically updated by default.

    Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name. On the right side of the Search field there are two additional options that filter the list:
    Show only logs compatible with your Windows version¬ - when it is checked that option filters the logs from the list to the ones that are compatible to your Windows version only.

    Show only XX-bit logs - where XX is 32-bit or 64- bit depending on your Windows version. When checked, that option filters the logs from the list to the ones that are made on the same type Windows version only.

    In the Logs Database you have only two basic commands - Uninstall and Custom Uninstall. When you select a program from the list and afterwards select any of the commands, its log is first downloaded, then imported to your own logs and then the command is executed as if it is your own log.

    Uninstall - Executing this command uninstalls the program you have selected from the list using the log from the Logs Database
    Custom Uninstall - Executing this command shows you the wizard with the traced items - Registry items in step 1 and Files and Folders in step 2 and lets you select the items you want to uninstall.
    The meaning and the screens of the commands are the same as in the Traced Programs module, so check section 3.2.2 for details.

    For smaller programs you may use a log for any Windows version in order to uninstall them properly, so, if the program you are searching for is not listed, you may try to remove the check mark for the option Show only logs compatible with your Windows version¬ and see if the program will appear in the list.

    Forced Uninstall

    Revo Uninstaller Pro has a very powerful feature called Forced Uninstall. This feature allows you to remove leftovers of programs that are already uninstalled, incomplete installations and uninstall remnants of programs. It does not matter if the program you want to remove is listed or not in Revo Uninstaller Pro or in "Windows Add/Remove Programs" Control Panel application. Forced Uninstall gives power to the user while maintaining the safety and accuracy of the results.
    Forced Uninstall requires two parameters to get the job done. At least one of these two parameters should be supplied. First parameter is the full path to the program you want to uninstall or full path to its install location – to its main folder. You can manually enter the path but you can also use the Browse button.


    You can enter the full path to the install location of an already uninstalled and not existing program. This is very helpful when you want to find remnants of already uninstalled program.

    You must enter the exact name of the program you want to remove, because the name you enter is searched in your system, so if you enter a wrong name you will get wrong results. For example if you want to remove Microsoft Office 2007 you have to enter Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007, and not: Office, MS Office, Microsoft!

    Pressing Next button on Forced Uninstall window will trigger Revo Uninstaller Pro to search for a built-in uninstaller of the program you want to uninstall. If there is a built-in uninstaller, or several possible uninstallers are found, Revo Uninstaller Pro will list them in the same Window, so you can choose to run one of them or not. Uncheck mark Run selected built-in uninstaller if you do not want to run the built-in uninstaller.

    When Run selected built-in uninstaller is unchecked, pressing Next button shows you another window, where Revo Uninstaller Pro first creates a system restore point and full Registry backup (if that options is not disabled in Options -> Uninstaller), and then starts scanning for leftovers.


    If you want to run the built-in uninstaller before scanning for leftovers, just select it and press Next button. A new window containing 3 steps will show up


    Revo Uninstaller Pro will run the built-in uninstaller and, after you finish the uninstallation with it, you have to press Scan button to continue the uninstall process with Revo Uninstaller Pro. Note that the built-in uninstaller may show up behind other open windows and you many need to switch between windows by using Alt+Tab keyboard combination – hold Alt key and press Tab.

    Pressing Scan will trigger scanning for leftovers and the results (if any) will show up automatically. Revo Uninstaller Pro first shows you any found leftover Registry items. Registry keys and values found as created by the uninstalled program are in bold. Not bold keys are considered as not created by the uninstalled program. You can also check mark them, but they will not be deleted. They have check mark options just because it is easier to select the top parent and automatically its sub items are check marked – no need to go through all sub items and check mark them separately. So, whatever you check mark, when you press Delete button check marked bold items only are going to be deleted, even when Select All button is used!

    Deleted Registry items are backed up, so if you need them later you can restore them from Backup Manager.

    There is also a context menu you can see by right-mouse clicking on the leftover items:

    Expand All – expands all items of the shown Registry tree – by default it is expanded so you may not see any difference first time you use this command;
    Collapse All – collapses all items of the shown Registry tree;
    Export All – exports shown Registry data to HTML file;
    Expand selected key – expands only the selected key and its sub items;
    Collapse selected key – collapses the selected key and its sub items;
    Uninstall selected key – deletes the key from the system;
    Mark selected key as Created – marks selected key as created by the program you are uninstalling. This feature is useful when you see a Registry key which is created by the program for sure, but not marked as created because of the safety algorithms in Revo Uninstaller Pro;
    Add to Exclude List – adds the selected key to exclude lists, protecting the key from deletion. Excluded keys have red color and you can edit Exclude List in Revo Uninstaller Pro’s options;
    Open Registry Key… - opens the selected Registry key in Windows Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).

    After finishing Registry leftovers removal you can press Next button and continue with the file and folder leftovers. Note, that the Next button may not be available if there are no other leftovers found.

    Revo Uninstaller Pro shows you found leftover files and folders, so you can check the results and delete them. Deleted files and folders are moved to the Recycle Bin by default, so you can recover them from there. You can also change that from Options -> All Programs. You can also see how many leftover files and folders are found. There is also a context menu you can use by right mouse-click on a file of folder:

    Open – command on the context menu acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on, nothing will happen;
    Properties ¬– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification etc.;
    Open Containing Folder – opens the folder containing the selected item in Windows Explorer;
    Export – exports the list of found leftover files and folders to a HTML file.

    You can use Select All button to select all found leftover files and folders at once and then use Delete button to delete them.

    Install Programs

    Revo Uninstaller Pro has a feature that allows monitoring installation of a program and detecting system changes, occurred during that installation. The process is done in real time – simultaneously.

    This feature is very powerful, because, by monitoring system changes during the installation, we eliminate the necessity of all the scanning algorithms, needed for uninstalling. Scanning algorithms are very good on detecting leftovers, but Revo Uninstaller Pro has also safety algorithms that are blocking listing of some leftovers because of system safety.

    With this feature we monitor system changes and we are sure that the changes are made by the installed program.
    There is a big restriction for using that feature - you cannot install two or more programs at the same time or run/start other programs during the installation. You can run/start one setup file, which can install many programs but you cannot run many setup files.
    Basically, you can do all that, but the log file, created after installation, will contain the changes made by other setup files and/or programs too.
    You can use Custom Uninstall mode on Traced Programs, which allows you to mark and uninstall the items you want, so, even if, by mistake, you have started another program or setup, you can still remove only the program you want to uninstall.

    This feature has one more big advantage – because it works in real time, it does not require any additional time for the installation of a program. It is very easy to use and requires only few clicks to get maximum results.

    To install programs through Revo Uninstaller Pro you have two options:

    -Use the Install Programs toolbar button of the uninstaller or Install Programs command from the Commands menu of the uninstaller. Browse for the setup file of the program you want to monitor and, as usual, follow the instructions of the installation wizard of the program you are installing.

    Or, there is another option:

    -Right-mouse click on the setup file of the program you want to install and choose Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro command. Then follow the instructions of the install wizard as usual.

    When an installation process is started through Revo Uninstaller Pro, a toolbar like a band will be shown at the top of your screen. The installation process will continue in the usual way and Revo Uninstaller Pro will monitor system changes during the installation. You can replace that band with a little toolbar from
    Options -> Trace programs in compact mode

    When you finish installing the program we advise you to run it (if there are several components - run them all) and configure it. This way Revo Uninstaller Pro will log the configuration settings and when you uninstall that program it will also remove these settings.

    After closing the installed program you have to press Stop button on the Revo Uninstaller Pro’s band. Then Revo Uninstaller Pro will suggest a name for the log. That name will be listed in Traced Programs tab in the uninstaller. You can change the name if it is not so accurate suggestion and press the Save button.

    Here is the summary of the steps needed to install programs with Revo Uninstaller Pro:

    1. Right-mouse click on the setup file of the program you want to install (or use Install Programs toolbar button in Revo Uninstaller Pro)
    2. Install the program as usual
    3. Start and configure the program (programs)
    4. Press Stop and Save buttons on the band (toolbar)

    Some programs require restarting before you are able to run them for the first time. In that case you have to Stop monitoring, Save the log and then restart. Revo Uninstaller Pro has the ability to detect system restarts and save the log automatically, but in that case the name of the log will be the name set by Revo Uninstaller Pro.

    Hunter Mode

    Hunter mode is an innovative and flexible feature of Revo Uninstaller Pro, which gives you the ability to uninstall, stop or delete only by aiming applications icon on the desktop, quick launch toolbar, system tray or opened application with just one click. This can be very useful because a lot of applications are loading on start up and stay in the system tray without your agreement or you don’t even know which application is that.
    When you press the Hunter mode button on the main toolbar of Revo Uninstaller Pro, the current window will disappear and a small blue target window will appear at the right upper corner of your screen. Hunter mode is now activated.

    There are some main options in Hunter mode, available on its context menu (right-mouse click):

    Open main window – opens Revo Uninstaller Pro’s main window and exits Hunter mode;
    Auto Start with Windows – sets Hunter Mode to start automatically on Windows startup;
    Window's size – there are three available sizes of the current window – Small, Middle and Large;
    Transparency - sets the Hunter Mode window’s transparency – 50% by default;
    Help – opens current help page;
    EXIT – exits Revo Uninstaller Pro.

    To operate in Hunter mode you have to do the following steps:

    1. Press the left mouse button over the blue target window and hold it pressed;
    2. Move the mouse over an item supported by Hunter mode (desktop shortcut, open window, icon etc.). While doing so a tool tip is shown with information about the application you will select if you release the button;
    3. Release the left mouse button and a menu will show up;
    4. Select desired command from that menu:

    Uninstall – start the Forced Uninstall module of Revo Uninstaller Pro;
    Stop Auto Starting – disable the application from auto start when Windows starts;
    Kill – Stop the application;
    Kill and Delete – stop and delete the application;
    Open Containing Folder - Open a new instance of windows explorer and explore the directory, where the application is located;
    Search at Google for - Use it to search with Google for the application name, file name or the company name - producer of selected application. This command will open your default web browser and load the result of current search in the Google web site;
    Properties - Show application's executable file's properties;
    Cancel – Cancel the operation.

    Backup Manager

    Backup Manager helps you manage backup information stored by Revo Uninstaller Pro after deletion of Registry entries, files and folders if the necessary options are set. Restoring a local restore point, you can restore the whole deleted data, or you can just pick and restore a single or few items you need back. If you need more free space you can delete a random local restore point or all stored by Revo Uninstaller Pro local restore points.

    Restore points of deleted by Revo Uninstaller Pro information are created when you delete data using the Uninstaller (in All Programs mode or Traced Programs mode) or AutoRun Manager tool.
    By default the option Options->Uninstaller->Back up deleted Registry items is turned on and Revo Uninstaller Pro backs up deleted Registry data. Also, by default, deleted files and folders are not backed up by the Backup Manager. They are deleted to the Recycle Bin, if you want to back them up you have to switch the option Options->Uninstaller->Delete files and folders to to Backup folder

    The main window of the Backup Manager shows you all local restore points created by Revo Uninstaller Pro. By default they are grouped by date of creation and sorted by hour of creation. There are some properties for every restore point in the list as: name of the operation, size of the backup point, number of items etc.

    Available commands are:

    Restore – After the command is executed, the restore of Registry items, files and folders starts and you can see the progress of the process. When it completes the window closes automatically;
    Custom Restore - After the command is executed, you see the restore wizard with one or two steps, depending on the items you can restore. If there are Registry items in the backup, you will see a tree with Registry items you can restore. You have to check mark the items you want to restore, or, if you want to restore all of them, you can use the Select All button to check mark them all. To start the restore operation press Restore button and you will see a window showing you the progress of restoration. If there are files and folders in the backup you can press the Next button of the wizard and you will see the tree of files and folders that can be restored. Again, you have to check mark or use Select All button to mark items, and then restore them pressing Restore button;
    Delete - If you execute the command the restore point will be removed from the list and the information that it contains will be deleted to the Recycle Bin. If you want to free up the space allocated by that restore point you will have to empty your Recycle Bin after the deletion;
    Delete by Time - This opens a window that lets you choose a period of time or a specific date and delete all backups created before that period or date. This is a convenient way to delete a lot of old backups at once;
    Delete All - This command is only available from main menu Commands. If you execute this command all restore points and information they store will be removed, and the list will be emptied. All the information is deleted to the Recycle Bin, so to free up space used by the restore points you have to empty the Recycle Bin.

    Tools

    Revo Uninstaller Pro gives you 8 handy and powerful tools to clean up your system. You can access them by a toolbar, shown by default, or by the Tools menu. If no Tools menu and no toolbar are shown, you have to right-mouse click on the status bar (bottom of Revo Uninstaller Pro’s main window) and check mark Menu Bar option, and then you will see Tools menu.

    AutoRun Manager

    Auto Run Manager allows you to manage auto running programs and services on Windows startup. With this tool you can not only enable or disable applications from auto starting on Windows startup but you can also get more information about a particular application set to run when Windows starts. You can get information about the publisher of the auto starting program or service, its description, its launch path - where it is saved on your computer or the status of the application - if it's running or not. If this information is not enough to decide whether to enable or disable the program from auto starting, you can get more information about the publisher and the executable file name directly from Google with just one right-mouse click.

    When you buy a brand new computer it has no or few applications which are loaded at Windows startup. During the time you install new applications to your PC some of these applications are installed as auto starting on Windows startup. You can see some of them in the "system tray" (near the clock) as small icons. Often such applications are messengers, adware, advertisement programs and applications you do not need to start automatically.

    When an application is started it takes resources such as RAM, CPU time. The amount of these resources depends on started applications but, no matter how much memory and resources it takes, when the number of started applications is bigger the slower is your computer.

    If you want a program to start automatically when Windows starts, a common place to put the program is in the Startup folder of the Start Menu.

    Some applications like anti-virus, firewalls and system programs must be started on Windows startup to keep your system running smoothly and without problems. Get as much information for an auto running program as possible and decide whether to enable or disable it.

    The most common task you would like to do is to disable/enable an application from auto starting when the Windows operation system is started. This can be done with a single click; all you have to do is to uncheck/check the check box in front of the application name.

    You can right-mouse click on the column header and show or hide some of the columns. This way you can also choose what to print.

    There are several commands you can use in AutoRun Manager:

    Run - You can run an application, which status is NOT RUNNING just by selecting the application in the list of applications and press Run button on the toolbar;
    Kill - You can stop an application, which status is RUNNING just by selecting the application in the list of applications and pressing the Kill button on the toolbar;
    Remove - If you want to remove an application from the list and prevent its auto loading when Windows is starting, you have to select the application and press Remove button from the toolbar. Note, that it is better to uncheck mark it only, because, in that way, it will be removed from startup but will remain in the list of AutoRun Manager, so you can check mark it again if you need it in future;
    Add – You can add programs to start automatically on Windows startup.
    Name – Enter the name of the program and that name will appear in AutoRun Manager
    Command (full path) – full path to the program you want to run automatically. You can also add parameters, but if you do so add quotes to the path

    Set auto start for:

    All users ¬– if you want that program to start on every user login;
    Current user – if you want that program to start when only current user is logged
    Select to auto-start from:
    Registry: Run – on every startup of Windows – this option will add startup setting to Windows Registry, which is common place for auto startups;
    Registry: RunOnce – only once on the next startup of Windows – this option is similar to previous one but will start the program only once and then that Registry key will be deleted automatically by Windows;
    Startup Folder – on every startup of Windows – this option will add a shortcut to the program in Startup folder, which is also a common place for startups and is accessible from Start menu -> All Programs.

    There are more commands you can execute over a selected application:

    Run Process - run selected application;
    Kill Process - stop selected application;
    Search at Google for - use it to search with Google for the selected start up name, file name, publisher name or description. This command will open your default web browser and load the result of current search in the Google web site;
    Open containing folder - opens a new instance of windows explorer and explores the directory, where the selected application is located;
    Go to Location - runs "Registry Editor" and opens the Registry key with auto starting information of the selected application;
    Open Registry Key - opens "Registry Editor" and the Registry key with the uninstall information of the selected application;
    Remove selected - remove selected application from the list;
    Remove all not valid - remove all applications with status NOT VALID from the list;
    Remove all not running - remove all applications with status NOT RUNNING from the list;
    Remove all disabled - remove all disabled applications from the list;
    Properties - show application's properties;
    Open Windows Services - Opens the Windows Services management application and lets you get more properties and options to manage the services.


    Junk Files Cleaner

    Junk Files Cleaner allows you to find and remove various types of junk and unnecessary files from your computer. Many of the Windows applications create junk files. Normally, such files are deleted by the application that had created them as soon as it did not need them. However they may remain permanently on your hard drive if there is an unexpected termination of the parent application, a system crash, etc. If this happens, it will cause reduction of free disk space (even hundreds of megabytes), or may slow down system speed and performance.

    With Junk Files Cleaner you can select which of your drives to scan and what extension of files to scan for. The most common temporary and junk files extensions are built-in, but you can also add whatever extension you want. If you don't want to scan a whole drive you can only select a particular folder. To do that use the button Scan Folder ... just above the list of drives and as soon as you select a folder the scanning starts.



    Commands of Junk Files Cleaner:

    Scan - to start scanning for junk files, just press the Scan button from the current toolbar or from Command menu. This action will perform a scan operation with your current options. A small window appears to wait until the scan is complete. There is a "Cancel" button on that window, if you press it the scan process will be interrupted and you will only see the junk files found until that moment;
    Delete - after the scan process is completed, all found files are loaded in the list with their full path, their name and their size. To delete any file of the shown press Delete button and all check files will be deleted;
    There are more commands you can execute over selected file(s):
    Open – open selected file;
    Search at Google for – Use it to search with Google for the name of the selected file. This command will open your default web browser and load the result of the current search in the Google web site;
    Open containing folder - Open a new instance of windows explorer and explore the directory, where the selected file is located;
    Properties – Show file’s properties;
    Check all items – Set a check in front of all items in the list;
    Uncheck all items –Remove the check in front of all items in the list;
    Check all selected items - Set a check in front of all selected items in the list;
    Uncheck all selected items - Remove the check in front of all selected items in the list.
    You can adjust settings on Junk Files Cleaner by pressing Options button in the toolbar or from the Tools menu.

    Windows Tools

    There are a lot of handy and useful tools and components bundled with every Windows operating system. Some of them have complex command line options, others are difficult to access. Windows tools give you a fast - one click - access to more than ten tools of Windows, which you use in your daily work. Almost all of them are included in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.



    System Restore

    System Restore is a component of the Windows operating system you can use to restore your computer to a previous state, if a problem occurs, without losing your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail). System Restore monitors changes to the system and some application files, and it automatically creates easily identified restore points. These restore points allow you to revert the system back to a previous time. They are created daily and at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed). You can also create and name your own restore points at any time.


    Network Diagnostics

    Network Diagnostics is a component of the Windows operating system you can use to gather and display information about your computer hardware and operating system, your internet configuration, and your modem and network adapter configuration. With the Network Diagnostics tool, you can perform a scan of your system and test network connectivity and whether or not your network-related programs and services are functional. It gathers a variety of basic information about the computer system, which can be helpful when given to a support person trying to help you troubleshoot your system.

    Network Information

    Network Information uses a component of the Windows operating system you can use to display all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refresh Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings, Displays the full TCP/IP configuration for all adapters including IP address, MAC address, subnet mask, default gateway, Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) and DNS configuration. Adapters can represent physical interfaces, such as installed network adapters, or logical interfaces, such as dial-up connections.

    Security Center

    Security Center is a component of the Windows operating system you can use to check the status of your computer for the three security essentials - Firewall, Virus protection software and Automatic Update. If a problem is detected with any of the three essentials (for example, if your antivirus program is out of date), the Security Center sends you an alert and provides recommendations on how to better protect your computer.

    System Properties

    System Properties is a component of the Windows operating system you can use to do the following:

    * View basic information such as your CPU type and RAM memory.
    * View and change settings that control how your computer uses memory and finds certain information.
    * Find information about hardware and device properties, as well as configure hardware profiles.
    * View information about your network connection and logon profile.
    * Report system and program errors to Microsoft or your system administrator when they occur.

    Conclusion

    Revo Uninstaller Pro is, in my opinion, one of the best if not the best uninstaller available. I have been using Revo Uninstaller for years now and have never had any problems with it and it does exactly what it claims to do. It is vastly superior the the Windows “Remove Programs” feature as Revo Uninstaller Pro is able to remove all traces and leftovers from the installation/program you wish to uninstall. The program is very easy to use and safe to use as well. As explained in this article, you have the options to backup any changes you make before making them. So if by accident you make a mistake, you can always recover with Revo Uninstaller Pro.
    I understand this article is quite long and thorough, however there are so many features worth mentioning (some I had to leave out for space constraints) that I felt they needed to be included.
    In the end, Revo Uninstaller is a great program and one I will continue to use for years to come.

    You can purchase the program at www.revouninstallerpro.com

    You may also download a free 30 day trial of the program at http://www.revouninstallerpro.com

    Technical information and credits

    Version tested – 3.0.7
    Screenshots - http://www.revouninstallerpro.com

    System requirements:
    Current Version: 3.0.7
    Setup File Size: 9.57 MB
    Windows Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    32 and 64 bit operating systems
     
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  3. jasonX

    jasonX Giveaways Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the review ;)
     
  4. bart

    bart Junior Member

    Great review! Thank you!
     
  5. Raul90

    Raul90 Valued TBT Member Known Member

    That's a detailed one there! Great! Have printed it out and it's my reference :) Thanks :)
     
  6. AlexK

    AlexK Junior Member

    Very nice description. Well done Jeremy :)
     
  7. grr

    grr Board Enthusiast Silver Member Known Member

    Thanks Jeremy. Nice review.

    Wish it had more screen shots.
     
  8. artoor

    artoor Moderator Staff Member

    Very well dane, great review!
     
  9. Gnosis

    Gnosis Senior Member Known Member

    As he concluded, REVO Pro is sweet.
     
  10. Really informative review, thanks for the review Jeremy
     
  11. terene

    terene Guest

    Congratulations for the review.
     
  12. satria

    satria Member

    Thank you for the great review!
     
  13. Thanks for all the information, Jeremy:)
     
  14. toffee

    toffee Senior Member Known Member

    Thanks for the review! :)
     
  15. software182

    software182 Member

    It's really a long time ago since revo released their new version ( v3.08 in Dec 2013 :O). I'm still waiting for the update but no hope till now :(

    Btw, great review bro !
     

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