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Kudos0

Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?

I just wondered if anyone has tried the revo uninstaller (No, I'm not planning to use it to uninstall norton).

Is it safe and does it work,etc?

Thanks in advance.

<<Edit: Subject edited for more clarity>>

Message Edited by JerryM on 09-20-2009 12:25 PM
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Kudos0

Re: Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?

I have Revo on my PC but I don't use it to uninstall software. It has some other good tools on it that I like, mostly the autorun manager. The uninstaller isn't much, all it does is invoke the Windows or the programs own uninstaller, then it says it's doing a scan for leftovers, most of which would be gone after a reboot anyway. I would not recommend Revo to uninstall software as complex as NIS or NAV, or any other AV or security suite. After I uninstall software, I clean up with JV16 PowerTools, but it's not for novices. After removing software with Revo, you can always find plenty of remnants with JV16.
Kudos1

Re: Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?

For Norton, I use the Removal Tool, but for just about everything else, I use Revo Uninstaller.  Too many programs don't do a full cleanup during uninstall, especially on the registry and things like the AppData folder in VISTA.  Revo does all of that.  It also creates a restore point before the uninstall (under advanced mode) in case you have to recover.  I think it's a great program.Message Edited by KBPrez on 09-20-2009 09:28 AM
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Kudos1

Re: Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?


itsme wrote:

I just wondered if anyone has tried the revo uninstaller (No, I'm not planning to use it to uninstall norton).

Is it safe and does it work,etc?



I've used Revo Uninstaller for quite some time. As Turbo indicated, Revo first calls the normal uninstall routine for the software being removed. After that is finished, Revo does its own search for garbage left behind.

I'd have to disagree with Turbo at this point. Revo routinely finds files, folders and registry entries that have been left behind. Some few entries may have been set to delete during reboot, but most are simply orphans.

Revo is very good at what it does. I've probably used it more than a hundred times (I tend to try a lot of utilities just to see how well they work) and it has never caused any problem. It's surprisingly rare that a program actually uninstalls itself cleanly; virtually all leave orphans behind and that clutter accumulates.

As you indicate, I would not use Revo to remove NIS or any other security software. Security software is, by design, very sticky and requires special tools (NRT, McAfee RT, etc.) to ensure a total removal. For virtually all other software, Revo Uninstaller does a great job -- and it's free.

Message Edited by Brubaker on 09-20-2009 11:01 AM
Kudos0

Re: Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?

Thanks for all the information.
XP Pro SP3NIS 2011Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware on demand
Kudos0

Re: Is it safe to use Revo Uninstaller?


itsme wrote:
Thanks for all the information.

Thank you. Glad I could help.

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