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Ashampoo UnInstaller 5

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Version 5 is not as good as 4. Bugs need to be fixed."

    March 10, 2013  |   By Senior_Moment

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 5.0.2

    Pros

    5 is much faster in starting its monitoring than what versinos 3 and 4 were.
    The new design is attractive, intuitive, and easy to use.

    Cons

    Bugs, bugs, bugs. They did not work all of the bugs out before releasing it.
    It sometimes misses executable programs that begin installing (although it quickly caught Java installing behind the scene once), still the failure of monitoring known installations is bad enough.
    If you have a failed installation, it quits and records nothing, even though the failed program left garbage behind.
    If you try to install a large program, it stalls and then crashes your computer.

    Summary

    I have used Ashampoo Uninstaller for the past three versions (3, 4, and 5). I 've been a fan of self-monitoring uninstallers for over a decade and ran everything (Clean Sweep, Advanced Uninstaller, etc). I test the new against the old before switching and I measure the amount of garbage left behind before moving to a new uninstaller.
    ??With Ashampoo Uninstaller 5, I have mixed feelings. The past unistallers create a problem with lag time by taking a pre-installation snapshot to compare to the post-installation snapshot and then compare the all changes. Uninstaller 5 is fast, very fast. Ashampoo figured out how to solve the pre-installation snapshot lag. Fast does not always mean it is the best. Some programs that included the word "setup" in the execution file got missed by the Uninstaller monitor, so what good is a program if it fails to monitor an installation?
    ??Bugs I found are twofold, and this was consistent on two computers in the 40-day trial period running Win 7. On this, definitely try before you buy! The first problem is if you install a program that you are unaware of its incompatibility with Windows 7. Even though it partially installed and was monitored by Uninstaller 5, when the program failed, then the uninstaller quit and recorded nothing, yet a lot of junk went on the HDD. The second bug is that it hangs it with some large programs that are built for Win 7! Once finished, Uninstaller 5 has you click "Stop," and it records everything. Well, sometimes it never quits recording. I mean, I walked away and came back a hour later and it was still running. When I attempted to find out why, my mouse moved, but the computer screen was crashed. No buttons worked and nothing was active except for the Uninstaller 5 icon. I forced a reboot in these cases and found that the monitor actually did record everything, but it crashed instead of quitting properly. I wrote to Ashampoo and, can you believe, they denied that this actually happened as if I were a novice or something. Kind of crazy, since I've been doing computers for 35 years. Shape up, Ashampoo, you used to be better than this. I'm going back to Uninstaller 4 until they fix 5.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Loses track on restart"

    November 12, 2012  |   By idamtnboy

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 5.0.1

    Pros

    Fast. Cleaner interface than UI 4. Registry cleaner works pretty good.

    Easy to export text file of registry changes and file changes.

    Cons

    Loses track of changes if the program being installed requires a Windows restart in order to complete the install. No log file is created then.

    Not very discerning about changes to program after installation. It reports Nuance PDF Create 8 as being improperly uninstalled and says I need to let it clean up the uninstall. I did a repair reinstall only on Create 8. No uninstall was attempted.

    No provision to perform a before and after comparison in order to manually create a log file.

    No automatic way to use a registry change or file change text file (see pro comment) to perform a clean up of an uninstall that has gone wrong.

    Summary

    It's pluses are great but it's shortcomings are frustrating.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I always come back to Ashampoo"

    June 5, 2011  |   By 127markaz

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.0.15

    Pros

    1. Extremely thorough uninstaller
    2. Install monitor running is SysTray catches anything trying to install (Even if you are not trying to)
    3. Like the option to save current config then install without the Wizard.
    4. Just a damn fine program.

    Cons

    1. Comparing to other products takes longer to take snapshot of current config.

    Summary

    If you have absolutely no self-control and cannot wait an additional 10 second for the current configuration to load, don't buy Ashampoo 4, If you need or want to get rid of everything file and registry entry from a program you no longer want, this is the product for you. If you also like real live human beings answering question in tech support, Ashampoo is the right company to deal with.
    Go ahead and try Revo, IOBit and all the other uninstallers first and see what is left behind. Then try Ashampoo Uninstaller 4. You should be happy with the comparison and settle with Ashampoo.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good uninstaller if you use it when installing"

    May 9, 2011  |   By iberg

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.0.15

    Pros

    - Tracks all changes made while installing software
    - Can create a reinstall executable when uninstalling software
    - The software offers other utilities
    - Can show all changes in a nice report.

    Cons

    - lengthens the install process by quite a bit if you have a large amount of storage space since it must take a snapshot of everything before and after install.

    Summary

    Worthwhile software that can get you out of a jam if something you install makes changes you did not expect.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product, would be lost without it now."

    March 18, 2011  |   By vmax22

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.0.12

    Pros

    Install progs and try them out knowing that if you hit any bugs or other issues, you can can do a clean and effortless UN-install. Even on progs that try to "embed" themsevles into your system. Impressive. You can disable the auto "UIWatcher".

    Cons

    Don't really like the auto "Installation Monitor", it allerts Ashampoo when you start installing something, causing it to jump in. I prefer to start Ashampoo myself to begin any new install, more reliable routine in my view. Just try it and see.

    Summary

    MAIN FEATURE - Traces program installations - Does clean un-installations using the trace log. (See how below.) Applying for the 30 day trial key is quick and easy, but don't do it too early or it chops the first 10 days short, so run that out first to get the full 40 days. And don't be in too big a hurry to buy this, Ashampoo sent me lots of discount email offers, even before the trial was over. QuickStart guide: Ashampoo installs with the Installation Monitor enabled. This is fine, all you have to do is start installing your new program and Ashampoo will jump in asking whether or not you want it monitored. It's pretty straight forward, but personally I prefer to start Ashampoo's main window myself and install the new prog from there, less auto, more control, you'll prolly see why later. To do this just click "Installation Assistant", then click "Save Configuration", then wait for the next pop-up to start your install. Ashampoo minimises to the taskbar while you're installing the new prog. When you've finished installing and run the new prog, close it, then bring up Ashampoo and create the new Log. Also doing it this way you get to see the list of previous logs when naming the new one. Either way is good. NOTE; if you install a prog that wants to re-boot your comp to finish, click "NO, re-boot later," otherwise you won't get a chance to create your new log file. To disable the Installation Monitor, just right click it in system tray and hit exit. To make sure, see Settings in the File menu. Cheers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good programme does more than just uninstall"

    January 1, 2011  |   By johnh764

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.0.12

    Pros

    uninstalls everything plus a whole lot more the tools are very good and do most things to keep computer running well

    Cons

    can sometimes be a little hard to understand you have to pay attention to what you are doing

    Summary

    on the whole this is well worth the effort to understand all the different functions

    Updated on Jan 7, 2011

    been using this for some time now and it is now an integral part of my system would hate to be without it.first class.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Product. reliable, fast. consistent."

    September 20, 2010  |   By gpd1

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.04

    Pros

    Works well with Windows 7. once installations are log'd it's only "one Click to fully uninstall . The best de fragmenting system I have ever used.

    Cons

    None.to date.

    Summary

    Having used a number of uninstall programs. I have found Ashampoo to be the simplest and most complete system. Upgrading from v3 to v4 was simple.
    with Ashampoo uninstaller I have never had to search for delinquent sections.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Haven`t explored it yet"

    July 29, 2010  |   By mossie54

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.04

    Pros

    I generally find Ashaampoo products very useful

    Cons

    as above, not used yet

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good and reliable."

    June 13, 2010  |   By Avefria

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.04

    Pros

    I have the slight expirience ( only 1 week) to discuss all the fetures of this program.

    Cons

    Now I cannot tell the bad words about the program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    May 16, 2010  |   By bgs999

    Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 4.04

    Pros

    Good for getting rid of programs, like trial programs you no longer want
    Good disk defragmenter with it

    Cons

    Taking XP laptop out of hibernation got screwed up if I turned on the boottime defrag of system files.
    Uninstaller monitor can get a bit confused by software that runs an uninstaller to remove previous version before installing new version.

    Summary

    The uninstaller works excellently. I had a situation where I was trying to use a trial piece of software that was time limited. I could remove the software after use but if I reinstalled it or a later version after the initial expiry time limit it still knew about it and would not run the trial again. I even tried other software that attempted to map disk and registry changes during the install to try to find how they were doing it so I could change it, but to no avial. With ashampoo uninstaller I was able to install the trial software, do the required reboot to get its kernel drivers in, run up the software and close it - then finalize the installation with ashampoo. Later when I chose ashampoo to uninstall the software it completely removed it, even the date/time stamping that was applied somewhere, so I was free to re-install trial software again at later time.

    I had an issue with the unistaller when the software being installed was a later version of existing software - this called its own uninstaller program during the installation. When this uninstaller popped up ashampoo wanted to write out the changes to the install at this point, and possibly popped up another window to monitor the install again. I got confused at this point and ended up with uninstall points that didn't quite work as I expected. In retrospect, I should have turned off the installation monitor and used ashampoo uninstaller manually where I could have chosen when to write the log file out.

    A laptop I have this on (windows xp sp3) I chose 'Boottime Defrag' which allows defragmenting of "important system files during the startup window". However, I hibernate this machine a lot instead of shutting it down. Whenever I would startup again after hibernating it would just go ta-ta's after a while, never got to the gui screen mode. So I just turned that feature off and it's now good.

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