Install and Uninstall Tools

Anchor Link .NET Framework Cleanup Tool
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-08-30
Version: 6.0.3790 – Released: 2010-04-29 Windows: XP, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 256 KB
“This .NET Framework cleanup tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to remove selected versions of the .NET Framework from a computer. It will remove files, directories, registry keys and values and Windows Installer product registration information for the .NET Framework. The tool is intended primarily to return your system to a known (relatively clean) state in case you are encountering .NET Framework installation, uninstallation, repair or patching errors so that you can try to install again.
“There are a couple of very important caveats that you should review before using this tool to remove any version of the .NET Framework from your system:
• This tool is designed as a last resort for cases where install, uninstall, repair or patch installation did not succeed for unusual reasons. It is not a substitute for the standard uninstall procedure. You should try the steps listed in this blog post before using this cleanup tool.
• This cleanup tool will delete shared files and registry keys used by other versions of the .NET Framework. If you run the cleanup tool, you will need to perform a repair/re-install for all other versions of the .NET Framework that are on your computer or they will not work correctly afterwards.
“The .NET Framework cleanup tool is available for download here:
( Framework Cleanup Tool ).
Anchor Link Absolute Uninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-08-12
Version: – Released: 2009-12-16 Windows: All (32-bit only)
File Size: 3.6 MB
“Absolute Uninstaller is similar to the standard Windows Add/Remove program, but more powerful. The standard Add/Remove program can’t uninstall applications completely which often leaves broken registry keys, and unnecessary files on the hard disk. The more junk files your computer has, the slower it runs. Absolute Uninstaller can wipe off all the junk files cleanly in seconds. It offers a more user-friendly way to remove unneeded applications and to improve your computer’s efficiency.”
Anchor Link Adobe Flash Player Uninstallerupdate
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Version: 11.7.700.202 – Released: 2013-05-14 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 793 KB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“The Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller is a useful utility for troubleshooting and for testing detection schemes. Download and run the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller to remove all versions of Adobe Flash Player from all browsers on your machine.”
Anchor Link Adobe Shockwave Player Uninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-09
Version: – Released: 2013-04-09 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 191 KB
“The Adobe Shockwave Player Uninstaller is a useful utility for troubleshooting and for testing detection schemes.
“Download and run the Adobe Shockwave Player Uninstaller to remove all versions of Adobe Shockwave Player from all browsers on your machine.”
Anchor Link Advanced Uninstaller Free
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-06
Version: 10.1.1 – Released: 2010-05-21 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 5.8 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Advanced Uninstaller is a simple-to-use application which allows you to completely remove programs from your computer, along with leftover items.
“The interface of the program is well-organized. So, you can uninstall applications, directly remove uninstall entries and get rid of obsolete uninstall entries. But you can also use a search function, select all entries, generate a report and view program details. In addition, you can run a tool that will monitor a program’s installation and create a log that will be further used when removing it from your computer.
“Plus, you can manage Windows services and a list of applications which automatically run at system startup, quickly delete traces from your web browsers (e.g., entire usage history, saved cookies, temporary files, search history), as well as clean invalid items that are placed in the start menu, disable fonts that you never use and access items from the Control Panel. Furthermore, you can disable Advanced Uninstaller from animating tabs, playing sounds, displaying the splash screen at program startup and scanning the disk and registry for program leftovers when performing uninstall applications, change the interface theme, and more.
“Advanced Uninstaller runs on a moderate-to-high amount of system resources, can guide you to a comprehensive online help file with snapshots and displays descriptions for each feature, once you hover the mouse over it. Also, it quickly finishes a scan and clean job.”
Anchor Link AppRemover
License: Adware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-25
Version: – Released: 2013-04-24 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 10.9 MB Portable
“AppRemover is a free utility that enables users to uninstall Antivirus; Antispyware; Firewall applications as well as left over files from incomplete uninstallations. Use AppRemover: When replacing one security application with another. When competing security applications tie up your computer. When the application’s built-in uninstall process fails. When you have forgotten the application password. Easy to use. Once downloaded, simply double-click the AppRemover icon. AppRemover will detect and allow you to easily choose which anti-malware application to uninstall from your computer.
“Includes the OPSWAT Security Toolbar (optional).”
Anchor Link Ask Toolbar Remover
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-03-07
Version: 1.3 – Released: 2009-12-20 Windows: All
File Size: 270 KB
“The Ask toolbar is often installed along with other software, which can be irritable. The toolbar is also known to increase web browser loading times, and memory use. Furthermore, the Ask toolbar installer often sets the computer’s homepage to Removing the Ask toolbar will have no ill-effects on your web browsing.
“The Ask Toolbar Remover has been designed specifically to remove every last trace of the entries of the Ask Toolbar. Be aware that we do not in any way advise you to remove any Ask programs, but provide this removal tool to facilitate its removal if you decide to.”
Anchor Link Avast! Uninstall Utility
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-12
Version: – Released: 2013-02-12 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 319 KB
“Sometimes it’s not possible to uninstall avast! the standard way — using the ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS in control panel. In this case, you can use our uninstallation utility aswClear.”
Anchor Link AVG Remover
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-10
Version: 2013.2706 – Released: 2012-09-07 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 2 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“AVG Remover eliminates all the parts of your AVG installation from your computer, including registry items, installation files, user files, etc. AVG Remover is the last option to be used in case the AVG uninstall / repair installation process has failed repeatedly.”
Anchor Link DirectX Happy Uninstall
License: Shareware $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2013-03-31
Version: 6.1 – Released: 2013-03-29 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 22.3 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“DirectX Happy Uninstall (DHU) is a powerful management tool for Microsoft DirectX. Using DHU, you can Backup, Restore, Disc-Rollback, and Full Install DirectX. A correct DirectX is necessary in your computer.
• Support DX DirectX 11.
• BACKUP feature can help you BACKUP current DirectX so that can be RESTORED when you need.
• RESTORE feature can help you RESTORE DirectX form Previous BACKUP.
• DISC-ROLLBACK feature can help you ROLLBACK original DirectX from WINDOWS SETUP DISC.
• FULL INSTALL feature can help you FULL INSTALL the latest DirectX to your Windows XP SP2(+) and Windows Server 2003 SP1(+).
• More Features, please download and try DirectX Happy Uninstall.”
Anchor Link Disable Windows Messenger
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-07-29
Version: 1.0 – Released: 2002-05-29 Windows: XP
File Size: 7 KB
“This utility will allow you to disable Windows Messenger on per-user basis, or on a machine wide basis. Download the ZIP file and extract MessengerDisable.exe to your hard drive. You can either double click the EXE file, or create a shortcut to it, as you prefer. You can, optionally, use this utility to remove Windows Messenger from your machine. You may need Administrator level privileges to run this program.
Anchor Link Final Uninstaller
License: Shareware – $27.95 for up to 3 PCs Last Reviewed: 2011-04-27
Version: 2.6.9 – Released: 2011-04-26 Windows: NT, 2000, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 4 MB
“Final Uninstaller provides an easy and comprehensive solution for uninstalling unwanted programs, whether they are installed ones running properly on your computer now or corrupted ones after failed uninstall. Additionally, Final Uninstaller helps speed up your PC by removing junk files and duplicate files, cleaning the registry and defragmenting disks.
“Final Uninstaller can completely remove more than one thousand commonly-used applications, like Windows Live Messenger, Adobe Reader, Avast!, AVG Anti-Virus, BitDefender Antivirus, ESET NOD32 Antivirus, Eset Smart Security, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Norton AntiVirus, malicious browser plug-ins and much more applications!
“Order Final Uninstaller now and you will get Convert Genius, Burn Genius and Recoveryer for free! You pay $27.95 and get 4 programs with total value over $120.”
Anchor Link GeekUninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-08
Version: – Released: 2013-05-08 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 1.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Geek Uninstaller is a handy and reliable application designed to help users to remove programs installed on the system. Unlike other uninstallers, Geek Uninstaller performs in-depth scan processes and cleans your PC of what’s left after uninstallation.”
Anchor Link InCtrl5 Stanley’s Pick
License: By subscription † Last Reviewed: 2009-07-14
Version: 1.0 – Released: 2000-12-05 Windows: 9x, Me, Nt 4.0, 2000, XP
File Size: 768 KB
“InCtrl5 is the fifth incarnation of one of PC Magazine’s most popular utilities. By monitoring the changes made to your system when you install new software, it enables you to troubleshoot any unexpected problems that come up. This version offers a variety of new features, including an attractive new interface, the ability to track changes to text files such as Autoexec.bat and Config.sys, HTML reports, and command line switches. The Delphi 5 source code for InCtrl5 is provided with the utility.”
† NOTE: The PC Magazine Utility Library is now available by subscription only – $19.97 Yearly.
[ This is what I use on XP Pro every day. Still the best of the best; Ed. ]
[ For a discussion on: ‘Inctrl 5 working with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit’ see the forum discussion pointed to below. ]
( Forum Discussion ).
Anchor Link Iobit Uninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-05
Version: – Released: 2013-03-05 Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 1.47 MB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“IObit Uninstaller helps you uninstall and remove unwanted programs and folders from your computer fast and easily. Where the built-in and sluggish ‘Windows Add or Remove Programs’ option fails, IObit Uninstaller works as always and picks up the slack. What’s better, it is a free Uninstaller without installation. ”
Anchor Link JavaRa
License: Freeware – Source available Last Reviewed: 2013-01-16
Version: 2.1 – Released: 2013-01-16 Windows: 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 140 KB
“JavaRa is a small application for Microsoft Windows that serves two purposes. The first is to check if a Java update is available and if that is the case download and install it on the computer. The second scans the system for previous versions of Java, if any old versions are found on the system they are removed from it. This second option is very handy because Java, more precisely its Java Runtime Environment, tends to install itself in separate directories with each new version that is released.”
Anchor Link McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-25
Version: – Released: 2013-03-22 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 3.04 MB
“Running the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR.exe) removes all 2005 – 2012 versions of McAfee consumer products.
“IMPORTANT: If your McAfee products were preinstalled by the manufacturer of your computer, ensure that you activate your McAfee subscription before uninstalling. Reinstalling from a CD or download only installs your McAfee consumer applications, but might not recover your paid subscription term information.
Step 1 – Uninstall your McAfee consumer products using Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel.
Step 2 – Download and run MCPR.exe (For detailed steps on this process, and instructions to reinstall, please see technical article TS10101331)
“Restart your computer after receiving the message CleanUp Successful.
Your McAfee product will not be fully removed until the system is restarted.”
Anchor Link MyUninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 1.74 – Released: 2011-06-20 Windows: All
File Size: 45 KB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“MyUninstaller is an alternative utility to the standard Add/Remove applet of Windows operating system. It displays the list of all installed application, and allows you to uninstall an application, delete an uninstall entry, and save the list of all installed applications into a text file or HTML file. MyUninstaller also provides additional information for most installed applications that the standard Add/Remove applet doesn’t display: product name, company, version, uninstall string, installation folder and more.
“The MyUninstaller utility is a standalone executable. It doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLL’s. Just copy the executable file to any folder you want, and run it.”
Anchor Link Nero General Clean Tool Stanley’s Pick
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-06-07
Version: – Released: 2010-01-05
File Size: 1.5 MB
“General CleanTool is our recommended program for uninstalling any Nero software. After you uninstall a program, simply re-install it to begin using it again.”
Anchor Link Norton Removal Tool
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-14
Version: – Released: 2012-09-14 Windows: All
File Size: 846 KB Requires: Internet Explorer
“Use the Norton Removal Tool to remove a failed installation or a damaged Norton product. The Norton Removal Tool uninstalls all Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0 from your computer. Before you continue, make sure that you have the installation CDs or downloaded installation files for any Norton products that you want to reinstall. Also, if you use ACT! or WinFAX, back up those databases and uninstall those products.”
[ Also available for download here:
( Major Geeks )
; Ed. ]
Anchor Link PC De-Crapifier
License: Free for personal use Last Reviewed: 2012-12-17
Version: 2.3.1 – Released: 2012-12-17 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 1.3 MB Portable
“The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to remove or uninstall a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. It can be used to clean off most of the annoying software that is typically shipped with newer PCs.
“The PC Decrapifier is a program free for personal use to help the average computer user combat this problem. It is also available for PC technicians at a small fee to use as a tool in their everyday business to save a tremendous amount of time.”
Anchor Link Revo Uninstaller Pro
License: Free and Shareware Last Reviewed: 2011-01-24
Version: 2.5.1 – Released: 2011-01-24 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 7.4 MB Portable version is available here
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application’s data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application’s data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry keys so you can delete them.
“With its unique ‘Hunter mode’, Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful methods for uninstalling software. You can use it to manage your installed and/or running software programs.”
Anchor Link Toolbar Uninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-09-16
Version: – Released: 2008-12-09
File Size: 1.1 MB
“The Toolbar Uninstaller is a freeware program to get rid of unwanted toolbars. Many programs come bundled with a toolbar that gets installed automaticly if you don’t pay attention during the installation. Even freeware programs come bundled with toolbars. As time progresses, there are now more then 10.000 different toolbars and counting. Toolbar Uninstaller (TbU for short) will be able to find some of them to be able to remove them.
“Description: The original Toolbar Uninstaller was created by the previous owner. This means the we, as the new owners, haven’t changed anything about it…
“28 January 2010:
A special version of the Toolbar Uninstaller will be released somewhere in the 2nd quarter of this year for the ASK toolbar that currently is delivered with all kinds of software like Nero, CCleaner and many many others. An exact date is not possible because this special version has to be exported from the main source and it also has to be updatable so it will detect other ASK toolbar versions.”
Anchor Link Total Uninstall
License: Shareware – $29.95 Last Reviewed: 2013-03-03
Version: 6.2.4 – Released: 2013-03-01 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 15.8 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Total Uninstall is a complete uninstaller which includes two working modes.
“Installed Programs module analyze existing installations and create a log with installation changes. It can uninstall programs even without the help of the supplied Add Remove program. Just select from the list the program that you want to uninstall and in a few seconds Total Uninstall will analyze it and will show in a tree view detected files, folders, registry keys and values of that program. You can review the details and remove some of the detected items. Total Uninstall is ready to uninstall the analyzed program. It will use first the supplied Add Remove program and will continue removing remaining items using the log.
“Monitored Programs module helps to monitor any changes made to your system during the installation of a new program. It allows you to perform a complete uninstall without having to rely on the supplied Add Remove program, which can leave files or changes behind.
“Total Uninstall creates a snapshot of your system prior to installing a new program. It then takes an additional snapshot after the installation has completed. It then compares the two snapshots and displays all changes in a graphical tree view, marking all registry values and/or files that have been added, changed or deleted. Total Uninstall saves these changes and, if you decide to uninstall the program, it will reverse the changes to the previous state.”
Anchor Link Ultimate List of Uninstallers
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-07-29
“Sometimes uninstalling programs can be rather troublesome. Some may even defy the normal uninstall process altogether, while others do seem to work properly but may leave a host of data behind.
“The companies themselves surely know about these issues and – instead of creating better programs – they often have made an uninstall tool or cleanup tool to help you do a proper job. The problem is that these specific tools are usually not readily found on the websites of these vendors.
“Therefore we have created a series of webpages to list these tools. Just choose the program you want to uninstall or cleanup from the lists below and download the appropriate tool to your desktop. Then double-click the new icon and simply follow the instructions of the program. This site will be constantly updated. Remember to visit frequently and bookmark this site as one of your favorites.”
Anchor Link UNDOReg Stanley’s Pick
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-06-07
Version: 1.46 – Released: 2002-03-02 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 54 KB
“When you install a new program, the installation utility adds new data to your system registry, often unremoved after the uninstallation. You can have a record of exactly what the install program did using InCtrl 4.1, InCtrl 5, System Mechanic, Safe Installer or RegShot. UNDOReg analyzes the report generated by one of these utilities, and deletes referenced registry keys.”
Anchor Link Uninstallers for Anti-Virus Tools
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2013-01-19
Last Revised: 2013-01-18
“As a typical uninstall performed using the Windows removal tool (Add/Remove Programs) is often insufficient, we have provided the URL’s of recommended removal tools for several other manufacturers of antivirus software. For your convenience, these removal tools can be downloaded directly from the following sites:”
Anchor Link Windows Service Installer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-20
Version:1.0 – Released: 2012-08-18 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.54 MB
“The Windows Installer / Uninstaller allows you to easily install or uninstall a Windows service. Just open the app, fill in the required fields and click install or uninstall. It is really as simple as that.”
Anchor Link Wise Program Uninstaller
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-25
Version: 1.37 – Released: 2013-04-24 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 1.87 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
Portable version available on-site
“Wise Program Uninstaller helps you uninstall your unwanted programs or forcibly uninstall the program you can’t uninstall by Windows or other programs. Moreover, it also can remove the residual entries which may drive you mad. The much-anticipated Wise Program Uninstaller has many attractive advantages such as easy to use, simple but elegant GUI, etc., but most of all, it is compatible with Win 8 and free of charge.”
Anchor Link XPS Removal Tool
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 3.0 – Released: 2010-10-16 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 387 KB
“Windows Vista introduces the XPS Document format and uses it as a document format, a Windows spool file format, and a page description language (PDL) for printers. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) printer is already in place. If you don’t feel like to use this printer to create XPS document, you can uninstall it completely with the help of this XPS Removal Tool.
“XPS Removal Tool is used to remove the Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) print queue and driver package from a Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 installation. XPS Removal Tool can also uninstall XPS Essentials Pack from Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Features:
¤ Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer printer from printer folder
¤ Remove Microsoft XPS Document Writer print driver (both 32-bit and 64-bit)
¤ Remove XPS Services Library
¤ Clean up XPS driver package files
¤ Remove MXDW print queue
¤ Support Windows 7 and Windows Vista
¤ Launch XPS Removal Tool from command line with switches
¤ Uninstall XPS Essential Pack from Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008”
Anchor Link Zone Alarm Uninstall
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-02
Version: – Released: 2013-02-01 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 2.16 MB
“This is a handy application that was created in order to help you quickly remove all traces of Zone Alarm products from your computer. The Zone Alarm Uninstall tool will automatically erase all traces of the products it finds and clean your system in a few moments.”
[ Information and updated versions can also be found here:
( MajorGeeks )
; Ed. ]
Anchor Link ZSoft Uninstaller
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 2.5 – Released: ??? Windows: ???
File Size: 897 KB
“ZSoft Uninstaller is the better and easier way to uninstall programs on your computer. ZSoft Uninstaller can be used as a Add/Remove applet replacement, but not only that, it can also:
• Analyze an installation so it can be completely uninstalled (also supports reboots of the computer as the process is split into two: Before and after the installation)
• Find and delete temporary files
• Delete entries from programs that are no longer installed
• Hide Windows Updates
• Hide entries from the list that you are never going to uninstall (drivers etc.) making the list smaller and therefore easier to manage.
• Show more information than available though add/remove
• Automatically find entries from programs that are most likely already uninstalled
• Automatically find entries that are considered ‘crap-ware’
• (Off course) search the list of installed software”