Best uninstaller programs
Modern Windows laptops, tablets and PCs fitted with SSDs can have limited storage, so it’s more important than ever to keep a clean house and remove unwanted or unused programs. Not only will this free up precious storage space, but it can make your device run faster because those programs often start up with Windows.
The uninstaller provided with Windows is functional, but it can also be very slow and is somewhat lacking in features. Plus, it doesn’t always do a thorough job and can leave files and shortcuts behind. However, here are five free uninstaller programs which should ensure a program can be completely removed from your computer.
- RRP: Free (£17 for Pro version), US$19.99
Revo Uninstaller provides a number of ways to track down and list programs you no longer need and a simple means of removing them. In standard mode, available programs are listed ready for removal, but a search facility is also available for those with lots of applications installed.
In Hunter mode, program shortcuts can be simply dragged and dropped onto a target area to remove them, or by dragging the target onto an unwanted program’s icons or titlebar. We found this a little hit and miss, but it’s a nice extra.
Talking of extras, there’s also a file shredder and an option to download a portable version of the program that you can run from a USB flash drive.
The free version comes with free tech support and supports Windows 10, but there’s a Pro version with even more features, including the ability to forcefully uninstall a program, queue up several programs for automatic removal and extended scanning for leftovers. The latter has been shown to work well, and makes the $19 price for a single PC seem pretty good value.