IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 246 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0
File Size:
12.31MB
Date Added:
September 05, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
3,850,360
Downloads Last Week:
44,493
Product ranking:
#1 in Uninstallers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Portable uninstallers rank as some of the most useful tools to have on a USB drive, especially if you're the person who helps technophobic friends and family with their forehead-slappers. We looked at IObit Uninstaller, which is portable freeware. Among its advantages are the ability to find and eliminate leftover files and its Toolbars Uninstallation Module, which targets those pesky adware toolbars that sneak into your system via cleverly configured installers and setup wizards. These toolbars can be a royal pain in the cache, and a free tool that gives them the heave-ho sounded like a winner.

As portable freeware, IObit Uninstaller requires no installation itself but runs when you click its program file. A compact, colorful interface quickly populated with our system's installed programs, displaying the size and installation date of each. A useful selection of sorting options runs along the left-hand side, letting users select All Programs, Toolbars, Recently Installed, Large Programs, Rarely Used, and Windows Updates. Commands are labeled Uninstall, Forced Uninstall, Manage, and Clean PC, though the last entry merely accesses another of the developer's downloads. Under Manage, we could manage the log, export the application list, and view the restore point, while the Uninstall command offered Standard and Advanced modes; we selected the latter. Anxious to try the toolbar zapper, we clicked Toolbars and selected two of the four entries, the other two being Firefox add-ons we wanted to keep. We clicked Uninstall, and a dialog appeared indicating that IObit was creating a system restore point, uninstalling the selection, and optionally scanning the Registry for leftover items. We opted to initiate the scan after the selected programs were removed. Including the restore point and pop-up notifications, the process takes a bit longer than the standard Windows add/remove program tool, but then it does more than Windows does as well. We also found that we had to close browser pages that solicit user feedback when a program is removed to allow the uninstaller to proceed in a couple of instances, so be on the lookout for that.

IOBit Uninstaller is one of the most powerful uninstallers we've seen in some time. It takes longer than other tools of its type, but it's thorough. Unwanted toolbars are harder to get rid of than bedbugs in a cheap motel. Just being able to throw those bums out earns IOBit Uninstaller a place in our toolkit.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 246 votes

    • 5 star: 161
    • 4 star: 46
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 19
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "BEST Uninstaller I have ever used!"

    July 08, 2014   |   By fredg06

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    Deletes remainder of program from C:/Program Files in Windows Explorer, after reboot.
    Asks if you want to scan the Registry and delete remaining entries.

    Cons

    None as yet.

    Summary

    I have XP, using Firefox 26 and Internet Explorer 8. The Firefox kept giving small windows with "script" not working, and just stopped working after about 5 minutes.
    I uninstalled Firefox with IOBit Uninstaller. It removed everthing!
    I ever searched the Registry for Mozilla and Firefox, finding nothing; not one thing left.
    It deleted it from Program Files after Reboot. Most uninstallers will leave entries in the registry, that have to be removed manually.....this free program does it for you.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good but not great"

    June 19, 2014   |   By victork1

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    Uninstalls programs including registry entries.
    Works on 64bit

    Cons

    Broke a program that I wasn't uninstalling once.
    The restore point feature before running can be slow.

    Summary

    It is the best free that I've found for a 64 bit system, but one time it broke a program that I wasn't uninstalling, something that I had never experienced with REVO after years of using it. If REVO was free for 64 bit (or if it didn't cost $ 50!) I would still use REVO, but IOBit is my second choice.

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  • 5 stars

    "IObit Uninstaller is excellent."

    June 11, 2014   |   By pmishler

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    The uninstall portion works as good or better than MS Programs and Features in Control Panel.
    The "Powerful Scan" portion finds all the relevant references in the Register that MS Programs and Features and the uninstaller that may come with the application do not bother to look for.
    Therefore, Register clutter is greatly reduced.

    Cons

    I did not find any cons.

    Summary

    A great one-stop uninstaller that cleans Register clutter as well.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good a product."

    June 05, 2014   |   By extinctionwrah

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    Free and Easy

    Cons

    Not too many words to say.

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  • 5 stars

    "this FREE..."

    June 05, 2014   |   By Leta_More

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    Will create a Restore Point before uninstalling where you can set to auto or manually do so.

    Cons

    And all this FREE...

    Summary

    Has "log management file" of your uninstalled programs if you ever want to know what you uninstalled lets say 1 or 2 months ago.You can also rate your installed programs if you like and IObit will record your rating for their on-line community. Also has a "file shredder" and you can add the button to wins explorer.

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  • 5 stars

    "If not the best it certainly is one of them...."

    May 28, 2014   |   By melen001

    Version: IObit Uninstaller 3.3.8.2663

    Pros

    Can uninstall 64 bit software. Others like Revo can not. Scans for leftovers. Force uninstall.Will list all programs, recently installed, infrequently used, large programs, Windows updates and tool bars & plug-ins for your browsers (in my case Firefox & Internet Explorer). Will create a Restore Point before uninstalling where you can set to auto or manually do so. Has "log management file" of your uninstalled programs if you ever want to know what you uninstalled lets say 1 or 2 months ago.You can also rate your installed programs if you like and IObit will record your rating for their on-line community. Also has a "file shredder" and you can add the button to wins explorer. And all this FREE...

    Cons

    It can leave behind registry keys & values behind but that is not always the case. I still haven't seen an uninstall tool that can perform a 100% clean uninstall but IObit is close to it.

    Summary

    Best uninstaller no doubt. Frequent updates. Revo and Geek Uninstaller are great but IObit is number one in my book. I also use Geek Uninstaller.

    Updated on May 28, 2014

    Forgot to mention that IObit also performs batch uninstalls.....

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