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    Opinions of IObit Uninstaller?

    I recently had my old desktop computer worked on by a third party (took Win7 off, and reinstalled XP as my computer did not have a fast enough processor for Win7).

    In the process they installed a program called "IObit Uninstaller"
    http://www.iobit.com/advanceduninstaller.php

    I subsequently attempted to download a very simple program to open up a "rar" file to install a driver for a wireless Tenda W311u stick. As it so often happens these days my free download of some sort of Zip file that's was deemed necessary to open the 'rar file' came along with some unwanted crap/tracking software (and no warnings or asking permission to download this 'hidden crap').

    So I had occasion to uninstall these unwanted files that had been downloaded. I thought might as well try out this IObit uninstaller. Boy, it seemed to work great ! It even notified me it was really digging deep to uninstall ALL ruminants of any software I was looking to uninstall.


    Anyone else had experiences with this software,....good, bad, neutral ?? Shop owner says she has been using this for quite sometime, and is very complimentary about it.

    Brian
    Last edited by beiland; 2015-02-24 at 10:21. Reason: edit out my mis spelling

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    It's IObit (no r). I find it to be a useful free tool with no disadvantages.

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    I haven't had any problems removing remnants of program uninstall or complete uninstall when a particular file required by the usually uninstall routine went missing.

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    I've been using IOBit Uninstaller for a while now and prefer it to the free Revo because of its simplicity and ability to deal with 32 and 64 bit programs - it's also one of the first programs that gets reinstalled after a factory reset to dump the bloatware.

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    I particularly like Advanced Uninstaller Pro:

    http://www.advanceduninstaller.com/

    It does 32- and 64-bit, and has gotten noticeably faster in recent versions.

    Watch out for ride-along installs, however.

    Zig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zig View Post

    Watch out for ride-along installs, however.

    Zig
    How does one watch for these 'ride-alongs' when they aren't even announced ??

    It seems to me there are more and more occasions for this to happen. Isn't that how we get a lot of this tracking crap on our computers?

    I had an occasion recently to desire a few 'manuals' for a particular older Sony surround sound system and combo grill/convection/microwave oven. But it seems that every site I went to offering 'free manuals' was loaded with this extra crap.

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    How does one watch for these 'ride-alongs' when they aren't even announced ??
    Always pick "Custom Installation" and uncheck the undesired add-ons; consider use of Unchecky if you're lazy. (I prefer to do it myself.)

    Zig

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    How does one watch for these 'ride-alongs' when they aren't even announced ??
    In many cases these programs can also be uninstalled with IObit Uninstaller. However, it is good practice to never install anything without first creating a system restore point.
    My habits use both these techniques.
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    And IObit Uninstaller is coming w/ it's own tag-along Driver something or other which I managed to let by my self.
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    And IObit Uninstaller is coming w/ it's own tag-along Driver something or other which I managed to let by my self.
    It has its own Unlocker.

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    I haven't been a fan of IObit since I discovered the installation of IObit Advanced System Care also added Spigot adware, an unwanted IE BHO, toolbars for IE and Firefox (Firefox wasn't installed), settings for Safari (Safari wasn't installed) plus a monitoring program called ToolbarAcceptRate.exe. And that's just what I spotted during a quick trawl through the installation log created by InCtrl5.

    I thought I would have a look at IObit Uninstaller 4 so tried to download v4.2.6 directly from www.iobit.com (rather than from download.cnet.com or www.softpedia.com). However, that took me to download.cnet.com anyway... (At the end of the download another IE browser window appeared advertising IObit Malware Fighter 3. )

    I cleared all temporary files (System and User), emptied IE's cache and emptied the Recycle Bin. IE was the only browser installed in the VM. I used InCtrl5 to monitor the installation of IObit Uninstaller 4.2.6. Here's what I found:

    IObit Uninstaller01.png
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    Notice the tiny dark gray link (on dark background) for Custom to the side of the great big bright green button with Run Now in large white letters. The arrow points at the tiny checkmark alongside the dark grey text on dark background indicating IObit Advanced System Care will also be installed. I removed the tick from the checkbox and clicked on the Run Now button to see what happened.

    (BTW, the License Agreement shows that you are not permitted to install IObit Uninstaller on Windows 8.1 (or Windows 10 TP).)

    The actual installation was very quick... not surprising as the installer is less than 16 Mb.
    IObit Uninstaller02.png
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    At the end of the install, IObit Uninstaller launched itself... and a new IE browser window showing an advert for IObit Advanced System Care. I closed both then told InCtrl5 that the installation had been completed. InCtrl5 took longer than usual to create the post-installation files then show the finished installation report. As I ploughed through it I was pleased to see none of the umm... "features" that I had seen with the installation of IObit Advanced System Care. In fact, the installation appears remarkably clean of any PUPs.

    I realised that it was taking me forever to wade through the report file and then it hit me. I couldn't believe what I was seeing... so I trashed the VM and carried out exactly the same test... with the identical result.

    Unlike the InCtrl installation report of IObit Advanced System Care (which weighs in at a paltry 163 KB), the InCtrl installation report of IObit Uninstaller each time was 42,235 KB... yes, more than 42 MB.

    When I looked at the report more closely I realised why. IObit Advanced System Care adds 150 keys to the registry. IObit Uninstaller adds quite a few more... 46,795.
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    Thanks IObit... but I think I'll pass.

    Hope this helps...
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    I've always been satisfied with Revo Uninstaller. I bought the Pro version a couple of years ago.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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    +1 for Revo. I found it much simpler to use than IOBit. Bought the Pro version to get 64 bit support as well.

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    I agree, I too have been using Revo Pro for a number of years.

    But do be careful with it, always look at what it is about to delete/modify.

    A few years back when I had Open Office installed I used Revo Pro to delete an unrelated program. None of the Open Office components worked after that so I re-installed. The penny didn't drop.
    A few weeks later, uninstalling another unrelated program, this time a traced program I decided to use Custom Uninstall. To my surprise it displayed pages of registry entries relating to Open Office which it wanted to delete.

    Now that I'm paranoid I tend to instal programs with Revo Pro, uninstall them using Windows 7 Programs and Features and then use Revo Pro to get rid of anything remaining using at first Custom Uninstall to check things before using Uninstall in Traced Programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I've been using IOBit Uninstaller for a while now and prefer it to the free Revo because of its simplicity and ability to deal with 32 and 64 bit programs - it's also one of the first programs that gets reinstalled after a factory reset to dump the bloatware.
    Even though I have purchased Revo Pro for its ability to uninstall both 32- and 64-bit apps, I like IObit for its ability to do that for free; a handy attribute when dealing with friends' 64-bit computers.
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