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Revo Uninstaller is a useful utility to remove things from your computer that won't otherwise uninstall.

One of the more common scenarios I hear about frequently are incomplete or failed uninstalls. People attempt to uninstall a program and that process fails, leaving some data around, and leaving the program itself in a kind of in-between state. The program remains, but the uninstaller is either missing or non-functional.

This is where Revo Uninstaller comes in.

Revo comes in two versions: free and paid. The free version performs basic uninstalls of 32 bit applications (even in 64 bit versions of Windows, though it may not be able to set a restore point prior to its work) while the paid version performs more exhaustive scans and fully supports 64 bit applications. A full feature comparison can be found on the download page.

It's a quick and easy decision: if you're having trouble uninstalling something go grab the free version and give it a try.

Revo Uninstaller

That's the free version of Revo on my Windows 7 64-bit machine, listing all the applications it's found, not unlike Control Panel's "Programs" section.

Right clicking on an item in Revo Uninstaller

If you right click on an item you get the menu you'd expect, including "Uninstall". Click on that and you'll get:

Revo Uninstaller uninstall mode

Revo does more than a normal uninstall - not only does it run the uninstall program if it can, but after doing so will perform various levels of scans to remove the "left overs". The tradeoff here is simply time - the more advanced and through scans take more time.

After doing so, Revo presents a list of what it found:

Revo Uninstaller leftovers

Naturally, you'll need to choose what to delete. In most cases, Revo starts by setting a restore point so that your registry is backed up should you choose inappropriately. A follow-up dialog asks you to also confirm additional files that Revo will delete for you as well - in this case your own good backup strategy will protect you from errorneously deleting something you shouldn't.

In general, you should always start with the Control Panel's Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) section, or look for uninstall options in a submenu on the All Programs menu that installed software may have added.

But not finding those, or having those fail ... or just wanting a more thorough cleanup than those might provide, Revo Uninstaller is a handy tool for the toolbox.

I recommend it.

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12 Comments
Yeppers
April 10, 2010 7:55 AM

Leo, can the Revo Uninstaller completely uninstall a software that had been only partially uninstalled? (I had a situation where an Adobe Reader update would not load correctly and the software itself seemingly disappeared. I tried to re-install the software from scratch, but I got an error message that said I needed to first remove the old version -- which I wasn't able to do because I couldn't find the software. I suspect that there are still remnants of Adobe Reader on my PC that are interfering with the re-install. A scan indicated no malware.) Thanks...

Yep, that's kinda the point of the recommendation. Revo appears to be very good at exactly that. Give it a try.
Leo
10-Apr-2010

blseguin
April 13, 2010 9:14 AM

may i use this uninstaller on my xp windows?

Sure.
Leo
17-Apr-2010

Dennis
April 13, 2010 10:23 AM

The 'Couldn't find the software' re the adobe uninstall post - I find that Revo cannot uninstall leftovers if the uninstall is first done with the program's own uninstaller and then one feels that there are leftovers. Going then to Revo,there is no icon there of the program left to click on. Is that what the poster meant also?

MmeMoxie
April 13, 2010 11:08 AM

I do LOVE Revo Unistaller. But, when you try to uninstall with the program's own uninstaller and things are left, sometimes Revo can't even help. I use Windows XP and use Revo all the time. As for trying to removed Abode, it is such a blotted program, that sometimes even using Revo first, doesn't get it all uninstalled. When nothing seems to get all of the program uninstalled, that is when I go to the Registry, look for the program and delete the whole thing. Yes, I know, messing with the Registry is NOT recommended, but sometimes that is the only thing to do, to get rid of 'pesky' programs.

David Binko
April 13, 2010 6:13 PM

The Paid version of Revo Uninstaller is easily my most indispensible single piece of software. It
uninstalls just about anything and incorporates a lot of handy (for me) other features in one package. I did one information request to technical assistance and was pleased with the results, or maybe I should say amazed.

sampie
September 6, 2010 3:27 AM

i cant get revo downloaded on my pc. i geta "files are corrupted.please obtaina newcopyof the file"what can i do now i get the program downloaded but when i want to run it the top message apear

If you're downloading from a proper/reputable site then nine times out of ten a corrupt download like that is due to anti-malware software on your machine being to invasive as it checks the download for malware. Temporarily turn it off and try downloading again.
Leo
09-Sep-2010

Tony
August 25, 2011 9:34 PM

I love revo uninstaller it's by far the best tool. i been thinking about buying it.

Bob
July 3, 2012 9:01 AM

I'm having trouble getting rid of ZoneAlarm with Revo.
There is no uninstall information, and using Hunter Mode (to drag & drop the taskbar icon) does nothing. Having read this article, I can only put it down to it being a 64-bit program. Short of re-downloading, re-installing and uninstalling the (annoyingly still working) program, I am at a loss.

Bob Stromberg
July 25, 2012 9:43 AM

Two points about Revo (which I use and recommend):

1. On Toshiba computers, it sometimes deleted Toshiba applications other than the specific ones I asked Revo to delete. I no longer use Revo to delete manufacturer-installed applications.

2. On a Windows 7 laptop, Revo did not list AVG. Per the AVG web site, I used the Control Panel to remove AVG. That did not work -- AVG was still installed and active even after "successful" uninstallation. So I used AppRemover (trying several methods within the AppRemove interface) to finally remove AVG.

AJ North
August 10, 2012 10:33 AM

Greetings.

Though a long-time user and fan of Revo, a new uninstaller that might be well worth investigating is GeekUninstaller (which offers native 64-bit support). Originally released on 1 May 2012, it is still being refined, with the fifth version having been released on 2 July - http://www.geekuninstaller.com/ .

I'm sure that I speak for many when I say that a review by Leo would be most welcome.

Twistle
August 11, 2012 9:03 PM

I have used Revo Uninstaller free for four years on 32 bit machine and now paid on 64 bit machine for one year with no problems.

I also had one program the would not uninstall in any way and got the paid vers. and used the forced uninstall. Worked like a charm.

Ashley
March 26, 2013 4:51 PM

How do i use Revo Uninstaller to remove Strongvault Online Back up which comes on when i open one of my garage managing packages ?
i have tried all sorts now have revo but dont know how to do it , Thanks

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