"Version 5 is not as good as 4. Bugs need to be fixed."
Version: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 5.0.2
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.
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.
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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