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Remove Unwanted Software with These Windows Uninstallers

Does Windows' built-in uninstalling tool not do it for you? We've got the antidote.

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Windows has a built-in app uninstallation tool, but it's notorious for leaving behind traces of a program, leading to digital clutter over time than can be hard to clean up. This has invited a hostmore

Windows has a built-in app uninstallation tool, but it's notorious for leaving behind traces of a program, leading to digital clutter over time than can be hard to clean up. This has invited a host of third-party uninstallers to fix the problem, and here are the three that we'd recommend trying.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do these uninstaller apps cost?
All three of our recommendations have a basic free version that should work just fine for most people's needs. If you decide to upgrade to a paid version, check if you are paying once or signing up for a subscription.
Can I mess up my computer using these uninstallers?
If you're concerned about that, Revo is probably your best bet. It makes backups of important system files that can be restored if things go sideways.

Recommended Windows software uninstallers

Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller

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Revo Uninstaller displays your removable apps as a grid of icons by default, as though you were looking at the Windows desktop. You can also view it by a sortable list. It has all the features of Geek Uninstaller, and then some. When you uninstall something with Revo, it will automatically make a backup of your Windows Registry, and a restore point. This will make it easy to undo the uninstallation if that turns out to be a bad idea. Pressing Alt-O will open the Options menu, which contains a wealth of settings to customize Revo's behavior to your liking, such as automatically creating a daily backup of the Registry and toggling shell integration.

Geek Uninstaller

Geek Uninstaller

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Geek Uninstaller is housed inside a little 7-megabyte file that you double-click to run. No actual installation process required, so you can run it from a USB thumb drive if you want, making it fully portable. It looks very similar to Windows 7's built-in uninstaller, but you get more options. It can show you where an app is installed, point to the website if the app publisher included that info, and even perform a Google search of the app's name. It can also generate an HTML file containing a list of all your installed software.

IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller

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Like the other two, IObit can do a Google search of an app's name, and sort by install date, name, and size. The left-hand panel adds some helpful info: You can isolate which programs take up a lot of space, which ones were recently installed, and which ones are infrequently used. There's also a section just for Windows system updates, which can be helpful when troubleshooting issues with Windows itself. IObit also details detected browser plugins, though removal of those may break browser behavior.