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Should I Remove It

By Reason Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 7, 2013

Should I Remove is a free piece of Windows software that provides ratings and links help you decide whether a program is safe or a risk, or whether it's a keeper or simply taking up disk space. Reason Software's freeware isn't misnamed: Its advice and feedback-sourced ratings can actually help you decide what to keep and what to toss when you're cleaning out the forgotten, unused, and unwanted apps that pile up on your PC like old sports equipment in the back of the hall closet. The only way to tell a good club or racquet from a trashed one is to look at it, and the same is true for software. There's no need to open the Control Panel or another tool to throw the bums out: Should I Remove It uninstalls programs, too. The latest version of Reason's Should I Remove It includes an updated installer and support for Windows 8. We tried it in 64-bit Windows 7.

Should I Remove It has a colorful list-style interface with a cute cartoon mascot whose quizzical look (and "question"-able hairstyle) says it all: "Where do I start with this stuff?" We suggest the top of the list, where the riskiest programs with the lowest reputations are to be found. Of course, not every program has a rating, but our better-known apps did (most showed good marks, thankfully). Clicking any entry expanded its view to include version and installation information, install size, and links labeled "What Is It?" and "Uninstall." Clicking the first link took us to a Web site with more information (though sometimes more info. was unavailable) while clicking "Uninstall" did just that.

Where Should I Remove It really shines is with the adware, toolbars, and other "extras" that seem to sneak quietly into your system yet have to be dragged out kicking and screaming. While many programs lack sufficient feedback for reliable ratings, Should I Remove It is a great place to start looking.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.4.36591

Powerful new uninstaller, designed to work with Windows 10.

General

Release July 10, 2015
Date Added July 10, 2015
Version 1.0.4.36591

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 225,360
Downloads Last Week 21
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Developer's Description

Ever wonder how to clean out your computer? Many people do, because it's not unusual to have your PC filled with adware, toolbars and other programs you no longer need or probably never intended to install in the first place. Should I Remove It? is a very simple but extremely powerful Windows application that helps users, both technical and non technical, decide what programs they should remove from their PC. This typically includes finding and removing all sorts of crapware and bloatware such as adware, spyware, toolbars, bundled unwanted applications as well as many forms of malware. The program is very lightweight and extremely fast. Should I Remove It? simply scans your computer for all its' installed programs and then ranks what should be removed by leveraging the wisdom of the crowd (and of course our technical experts) to determine what should not be installed. Fast Facts: -Uses the wisdom of the crowd to help protect your PC from unwanted software programs. -Quickly finds and removes unwanted programs including adware, bloatware, crapware and toolbars. -Detailed technical and non-technical program information (see example). -Real-time alert notifications to protect against unwanted bundled installations.