Delete Problem Applications With Free Revo Uninstaller

imageRecently, I’ve had more than a few reader questions on broken application installs, with the common thread being – a reinstall of the non-functioning application is a non-starter. The application still refuses to launch.

Here’s the problem – maybe. In some cases, uninstalling or manually deleting a misbehaving application, will not adequately remove various and sundry registry entries, coupled with hidden files, making it all but impossible to reinstall the application – due to conflicts with these same old registry entries and hidden files.

Luckily, there is a probably solution – Revo Uninstaller, which is a powerful alternative to the Windows Add or Remove Programs applet. This free application with its advanced and fast algorithm, scans before and after you uninstall an application.

After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you have the option of removing additional unnecessary files, folders, and registry keys that are usually left over on the Hard Drive.

Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for the application’s data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry, and shows all found files, folders and registry items so that they can be deleted.

As well, Revo Uninstaller’s unique “Hunter mode”, offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful approaches to manage applications (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from auto starting), and to search out information about installed and/or running applications.

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In details view, additional application information is available. Opening the right click context menu (in any view), accesses control functions. In the following graphic, I’ve opened the Registry Editor for illustrative purposes.

Details view


Revo Uninstaller conveniently includes additional handy tools to help you clean your system, and keep it running at top speed – as shown in the following two screen shots.



Fast facts:

Uninstaller – free, simple, easy to use, and effective Uninstaller

Auto Start Manager – stop programs that start automatically when Windows starts.

Windows Tools Manager – handy and useful tools bundled with every version of Windows.

Junk Files Cleaner – find and remove unnecessary files from your computer.

Browsers History Cleaner – erase the web site history, visited pages history and temporary Internet files of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera web browsers.

Office History Cleaner – remove the history of most recently used files in MS Office.

Windows history cleaner – remove the history of recently opened files, delete temporary files, remove usage tracks and other history items that are saved by Windows.

Unrecoverable Delete Tool – erase files and folders forever.

Evidence remover – make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable.

This is a great little tool which gets a real workout around here removing test applications. I’ve also added it to my “emergency tool kit”, on a USB drive. If you are tech inclined, and even if you’re not, I recommend that you do too.

Highly recommended -10/10

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7.

Download at: The Revo Group

A portable version is also available: To install the portable version, simply download the application from the developer’s site, extract the ZIP file to a folder, and then copy that folder to your flash drive and voila, you’re good to go!

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Filed under Computer Maintenance, downloads, Freeware, Geek Software and Tools, Portable Applications, Software, Uninstall Tools, USB, Windows Tips and Tools

11 responses to “Delete Problem Applications With Free Revo Uninstaller

  1. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    Funny, just before I surfed here to check the blog, I was running Revo Uninstaller lol. I was removing an application that kept saying “Access denied” but good old Revo took care of that for me. It’s a top notch tool for getting rid of programs that don’t want to leave, as well as general uninstalling of apps.

    • Hey Mal,

      Now if I only had a tool like this to get rid of my Poker buddies after a Friday night game “that don’t want to leave”, life would be in balance. 🙂



  2. Mal Glass

    In your Mar 24, article Re: Revo Uninstaller you mentioned your “emergency tool kit” on USB. It might make a good article to discuss just what is included within your emergency toolkit and see what your readers consider essential parts of the same.

  3. g

    I probably use Revo at least once a week between my 3 machines. As a fellow who likes to test drive software on a regular basis, Revo is indispensable.

    It does a solid job of getting rid of unwanted programs INCLUDING anti virus software that you try out.

    Highly recommend!

  4. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    My daughter had installed BearShare and wanted it gone. Her sister tried to uninstall but it kept reappearing. Because it was partially uninstalled it did not show up in Add/Remove Programs. I installed Revo Uninstaller and it did not appear there either. No problem – I clicked on “Forced Uninstall”, navigated to the offending .exe file in Programs Folder and – hey presto! – goodbye BearShare.

    Research online showed that this application, although apparently clean and legal, can be difficult to remove completely. As far as I am concerned that makes it malware. I took the opportunity to deliver a little lecture on the pitfalls of file sharing; hey, what are dads for?

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      First person testimonials are the best – thanks for that.

      BearShare may be clean and legal but I have to say, the way it’s been used by the teenage kids of many of my friends has caused huge numbers of malware infections.



  5. Rob

    As I regularly deal with used laptops, one of the first things I use is PCdecrapifier, followed by RevoUnintaller. Revo Uninstaller gets rid of any remaining bloatware or useless utilities that emerge after a complete system restore to factory installation.

    I have found Revo Uninstaller to be bullet-proof in properly selecting the associate files and registry entries when deleting applications. I have never had Revo Uninstaller damage a system.

    It especially saved me on a helpless E-Machines desktop, once. The previous owner had installed every con, shareware, and file sharing program known to man. This poor machine took nearly 8 minutes to cold boot into Windows XP. Revo Uninstaller helped revive that system into a viable machine.

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