IObit Uninstaller v8.0.2.29

A Full Review of IObit Uninstaller, a Free Software Uninstaller

Screenshot of IObit Uninstaller v8.0 in Windows 10
IObit Uninstaller v8.0.

IObit Uninstaller is one of the best free software uninstallers for Windows thanks to a batch uninstall feature, support for most Windows versions, and a quick install itself.

Every piece of an application is searched for and removed completely, leaving no useless, junk files behind. You can uninstall software with IObit Uninstaller in a few different ways depending on your specific situation, like using the Force Uninstall or Easy Uninstall feature.

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Note: This review is of IObit Uninstaller version 8.0.2.29. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller does everything an excellent uninstaller tool should:

  • Works with Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • IObit Uninstaller integrates itself into the Explorer right-click context menu, meaning you can remove programs from the desktop or any other folder without having to first open IObit Uninstaller
  • You can sort the list of installed programs by name, size, install date, or version number
  • After uninstalling a program, IObit Uninstaller searches through and removes any files that may been left behind after the uninstall, in both the registry and the file system, and tells you how much free space was recovered
  • Force Uninstall (more on this below) is a feature in IObit Uninstaller that can remove a program that was unable to be uninstalled by normal means
  • A residual files cleaner can delete Windows patch cache files, invalid shortcuts, and unused files in the Downloads folder to recovery more storage space on the hard drive
  • You can see a list of programs that you infrequently use, as well as programs that are taking up lots of disk space
  • IObit Uninstaller lists out the Windows apps that were installed by default as well as 3rd party apps, and you can remove any of them
  • Files that can't be removed while Windows is running will be scheduled to be deleted when you restart your computer
  • You can find out more information on any installed program by right-clicking it and choosing to find the program in Windows Explorer, open it in the Registry Editor, or search for it online
  • IObit Uninstaller keeps a history of everything you've removed so that you can see exactly what files and registry items were deleted
  • Startup programs can be disabled or completely removed, and startup processes can be immediately terminated or removed from starting up
  • In the Software Updater section is a list of installed programs that could be updated to a newer version. You can then go straight to the download page to get the most up-to-date version.
  • IObit Uninstaller can also remove system restore points, toolbars, browser extensions, browser plug-ins, Browser Help Objects, and 3rd party programs that have been injected into your browsers

    IObit Uninstaller Pros & Cons

    There's obviously much to like about IObit Uninstaller:

    Pros:

    • Really quick installation
    • Creates a system restore point before removing software
    • Supports batch uninstalls
    • Can identify and remove bundled software
    • Able to search through the list of programs, extensions, and plug-ins
    • Supports removing updates installed with Windows Update
    • Explains which installed apps could be updated to a newer version
    • The list of applications can be exported to a TXT file
    • Allows drag and drop to uninstall a program
    • Portable version is available
    • Also includes a folder and file shredder

    Cons:

    • No option to remove a program entry from the list of installed software
    • An advertisement sometimes appears after removing programs
    • Other programs might ask to be installed during setup

    The Different Ways to Use IObit Uninstaller

    IObit Uninstaller provides multiple ways to remove programs. The method you pick should depend on the specific situation you're in.

    Programs Screen

    Screenshot of a list of installed software in IObit Uninstaller 8
    List of Programs in IObit Uninstaller.

    Open IObit Uninstaller and access the Programs screen on the left to see all the uninstall options. You can see a list of installed programs, a list of bundleware if multiple apps were installed simultaneously, a list of recently installed programs, a list of the programs taking up the most space on your hard drive, and a list of of software you hardly ever use.

    If those criteria are the best way for you to uninstall a program, then you'll want to open IObit Uninstaller that way and use one of those areas of the program to remove the application in question.

    Powerful Uninstall

    Screenshot of the Powerful Uninstall option in IObit Uninstaller 8
    Powerful Uninstall Option in IObit Uninstaller.

    A quick way to uninstall software with IObit Uninstaller is to right-click the program's shortcut and click Powerful Uninstall. This will open IObit Uninstaller automatically and prompt you to remove the program.

    This method is quicker than opening IObit Uninstaller first, and might be necessary if the program isn't listed in IObit Uninstaller.

    Tip: If you open Programs and Features from the Control Panel, which is the regular uninstall method found in Windows, is another way to access Powerful Uninstall. Click once on any program you wish to remove and then click that button to delete it with the Powerful Uninstall function.

    Easy Uninstall

    Screenshot of the Easy Uninstall option in IObit Uninstaller 8
    Easy Uninstall Option in IObit Uninstaller.

    The Easy Uninstall feature is a small green dot that you can drop onto a program to tell IObit Uninstaller to uninstall it. It's very helpful if the program you want to remove is already open and running but you're not sure how it got there or how to delete it.

    To use this feature, hit the Ctrl+Alt+U keyboard shortcut, or open IObit Uninstaller's tools menu at the top of the program to find Easy Uninstall. Drag the green dot onto the program window or desktop shortcut and click Uninstall, or Open File Location if you want to learn more about where on your computer that program is stored.

    Force Uninstall

    Screenshot of the Force Uninstall Option in IObit Uninstaller 8
    Force Uninstall Option in IObit Uninstaller.

    If your computer shut down or crashed while trying to install or uninstall a program, it might not show up in IObit Uninstaller as an installed application even though the program is still there. This is when the Force Uninstall feature is handy.

    Just drag the program's shortcut, or any file related to that program, into the Force Uninstall window, and IObit Uninstaller will scan the computer for anything related to that file or shortcut. When it finds the related program, it will uninstall all of its files to effectively clean your computer of the half-installed software.

    This is the best option if the above methods of removing a program weren't enough and you know that some files were left behind. Open one of those residual files in this part of IObit Uninstaller to forcibly remove the whole program.

    Note: You can open Force Uninstall through the tools menu at the top right corner of IObit Uninstaller.

    Thoughts on IObit Uninstaller

    Of all the several free program uninstallers out there, this one definitely creates a nice balance between a good set of features and an easy to use interface.

    We explained the many different ways to use IObit Uninstaller above to show just how versatile it can be to delete anything and everything, no matter the situation. If a malware program is running but you're not sure where it's installed or what it's called, just use that green dot to delete it. Or if you have a weird shortcut on your desktop that belongs to a program you're unfamiliar with, just right-click it to remove the whole program with IObit Uninstaller. You can see just how many situations this program could come in handy in.

    We also love that you can easily view just the large programs you have installed. It says how much space the program is using on the hard drive so you know which to uninstall first if you're running low on disk space.

    Uninstalling programs in batch will prove to be extremely helpful. If you've used a similar software uninstaller program, it might have launched all the uninstall wizards for every program you included in the batch process, at the same time, which is terrible to keep track of. IObit Uninstaller is different in that it doesn't open the next uninstall wizard until the current one has been closed, which is very nice.

    Also, during a batch uninstall, the residual registry and file system scan isn't launched until all programs have been removed, which saves a ton of time so it's not looking for leftover items after each and every uninstall.

    If you install bundleware by accident, IObit Uninstaller will alert you about it and let you remove the other bundled programs. Aslo, even if you uninstall a program without using IObit Uninstaller, you'll get prompted by this tool to remove all the residual files left behind by the other uninstaller — how cool is that!

    The file shredder tool works not only with the forced uninstall function but also independent of it. This means you can open the file shredder to permanently remove any file or folder, not just the junk left over after an uninstall. This makes it less likely that a data recovery program will be able to restore your deleted files.

    We highly suggest you try IObit Uninstaller before trying any other uninstaller tool.

    [Iobit.com | Download & Install Tips]

    IObit Uninstaller has been converted to a portable program but it has been released and is hosted by PortableApps.com, so you won't find it on IObit's website.