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IObit Uninstaller

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    Dec. 17, 2012
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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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5 stars

"Uninstalled everything I asked GREAT product"

December 31, 2012  |  By mallyredwine

 |  Version: IObit Uninstaller


Easy to use


Never had any problems with it

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4 stars

"Powerful and fast"

December 19, 2012  |  By Philip_Goddard

 |  Version: IObit Uninstaller


Does what is claimed, and indeed more!
Like Revo Uninstaller, it calls the target program's uninstall routing, and then does a scan to find registry and file leftovers, then displaying any of those that are found, for optional deletion.

The Forced Uninstall (where there is no functional native uninstall routine) is a nice bonus, though I have not had cause to use and thus test it yet.


The CNet download was not the current version, so the program nags me to get the latest version, but if I click OK, I'm taken to the program's page on the Iobit website, which would be great except that their download link takes one to the program's download page on FreeNew.net, which is a BAD site, which uses a deceitful, indeed malicious, 'downloader' program to download the intended program plus a whole lot of crapware and indeed sneakily installed spyware or other malware.


I could no longer use the freeware version of Revo Uninstaller once I'd upgraded from Win7 to Win8, but in any case even in Win7 that program was extremely slow in its leftovers search after the actual uninstallation of a program. Iobit Uninstaller has so far worked brilliantly for me, its leftovers search being so quick that at first I thought it simply wasn't doing a proper job - but it has since shown up good lists of leftovers from some programs, and it looks as though it really is working fine.

I draw attention particularly to this program's leftovers search, because that function is not mentioned at all on Iobit's site, so putting many people off using the particular program because they think it doesn't do a leftovers search and would thus be of limited use.

I would give the program a 5-star rating, but have docked a star because of Iobit's using a bad download site for its programs so that if you download from there you are liable to get crapware and malicious programs installed in their computers without their permission. If you want to update the program, it is thus important to do so from some other site and keep clear of Iobit (sorry!) and FreeNew.net.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Brand New Interface
  • Improved Support for Windows 8
  • Improved Toolbar Function
  • Updated Language Files
  • Fixed General Bugs
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date December 06, 2012
Date Added December 17, 2012
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Uninstallers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.6MB
File Name iobituninstaller.exe
Total Downloads 7,327,003
Downloads Last Week 100,770
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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