Windows 10: how to completely uninstall a software

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  1.    03 Mar 2016 #1

    how to completely uninstall a software


    I installed a software two days ago. Now I wish to uninstall it completely and want my PC to be in the state as it was before installing it. A simple uninstall may leave some of the backdoor components installed by this software. Unfortunately, Windows 10 has System Restore off by default which I forgot, so can't use the System Restore.
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  2.    03 Mar 2016 #2

    Sorry, there is no simple way -- as installing any application typically involves writing files to lots of different folders and adding entries to the Registry, as well.

    There are third--party Uninstallers that claim to be able to do this. One I've seen referenced a lot is Revo Uninstaller: http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_..._download.html

    There may be others, as well -- since I don't use these, I don't know about them -- but others here may be able to provide other suggestions.

    Good Luck
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  3.    03 Mar 2016 #3

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    Sorry, there is no simple way -- as installing any application typically involves writing files to lots of different folders and adding entries to the Registry, as well.

    There are third--party Uninstallers that claim to be able to do this. One I've seen referenced a lot is Revo Uninstaller: http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_..._download.html

    There may be others, as well -- since I don't use these, I don't know about them -- but others here may be able to provide other suggestions.

    Good Luck
    Yeah - Revo usually does a great job.

    I recently could not reinstall MS Office 2010 after having some issues with Outlook, despite having uninstalled via Windows. I had fortunately only made an image backup a few hours earlier, and so I restored image and used Revo to uninstall it, and it worked fine (on the medium setting), and I was able to reinstall 2010.

    Revo has three levels of cleanup ie basic (more or less same as Windows), medium where it trawls key registry settings, and deep which does a really thorough spring clean but could be a bit riskier. I have always found medium to be adequate.
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  4.    03 Mar 2016 #4

    Iobit uninstaller does a nice job of getting everything.........
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  5.    03 Mar 2016 #5

    I also recommend Revo or CCleaner.
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       03 Mar 2016 #6

    sam9 said: View Post
    I installed a software two days ago. Now I wish to uninstall it completely and want my PC to be in the state as it was before installing it. A simple uninstall may leave some of the backdoor components installed by this software. Unfortunately, Windows 10 has System Restore off by default which I forgot, so can't use the System Restore.
    Revo uninstaller as suggested to you is more than adequate.

    A month or so ago, I decided to uninstall Chrome. It refused to uninstall using Programs and Features method.
    I used Revo and not only it uninstalled promptly , it also asked if I wanted to remove everything from the registry.
    I consented and it showed me where they were in the registry with BOLD prints, and I removed all the remnants left in the registry.
    A wonderful program to have.
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  7.    03 Mar 2016 #7

    davidhk said: View Post
    Revo uninstaller as suggested to you is more than adequate.

    A month or so ago, I decided to uninstall Chrome. It refused to uninstall using Programs and Features method.
    I used Revo and not only it uninstalled promptly , it also asked if I wanted to remove everything from the registry.
    I consented and it showed me where they were in the registry with BOLD prints, and I removed all the remnants left in the registry.
    A wonderful program to have.
    I actually bought Revo, does a great job like you posted.
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  8.    03 Mar 2016 #8

    Are you guys aware Revo uninstaller free is not compatible with 64 bit operating systems? It leaves files and registry entities behind.

    Revo Uninstaller - compare prices & features
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    TrustMe said: View Post
    Are you guys aware Revo uninstaller free is not compatible with 64 bit operating systems? It leaves files and registry entities behind.

    Revo Uninstaller - compare prices & features
    I don't know where you get this info from.
    The experience I posted ( post #6 ) was on my Win 10 Home 64-bit.
    I was using the Revo free version
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       04 Mar 2016 #10

    TrustMe said: View Post
    Are you guys aware Revo uninstaller free is not compatible with 64 bit operating systems? It leaves files and registry entities behind.

    Revo Uninstaller - compare prices & features
    Since your post, I did a little googling and I found this.......................

    excerpt:
    The free version of Revo Uninstaller does not offer full 64-bit compatibility which means that it won't list 64-bit programs in its interface.
    That's a serious issue right there as it limits program functionality on 64-bit systems.
    http://www.ghacks.net/2015/04/18/whi...er-on-windows/

    That means it may have trouble uninstalling 64-bit programs if they are not listed.
    However it will have no trouble uninstalling any 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Windows.

    I also read in another site that Revo may not cleanly remove a 64-bit program. It does not say it won't uninstall a 64-bit program. That appears to contradict what the above said.

    excerpt :
    Cons Doesn't cleanly uninstall 64-bit apps. Doesn't remove browser toolbars and plug-ins.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2461154,00.asp
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