Nowadays there are thousands of programs made available through legal purchase, shareware, freeware or torrents and most of them tend to end up installed on our systems. This is the easiest way to end up with a ton of programs on your computer which, most likely you don’t use on a daily basis, and those that you use occupy only a quarter the memory lost to installed programs. The problem is that, these programs once installed, will start making various modifications on your system, beginning with clogging your Windows Registry. Since most programs have a server with which each of them communicate, extract updates and suffer modifications, the Windows Registry is the one that has to keep track of all these programs and provide information about the correct functionality and configuration for each of them.
As time passes, because of the multitude of programs, the operating system will run slower and slower with an increased response time. It is really easy to get a ton of programs installed on the operating system. The trick is getting them out. You will find that getting them out of your system is not as easy as getting them in. Don’t you hate it when you’ve just uninstalled a program (or at least that’s what you thought) only to see it back on your Control Panel or application list? There are some programs that can be really unsettling when it comes to uninstalling. For instance those that don’t uninstall everything the program came with are by far the most dangerous. And if I may say so, the most annoying, when you see that deleting doesn’t work, uninstalling either, nothing seems to be able to get you rid of that pest.
Fortunately the developers have been thinking in the same lines and have a series of special program uninstallers that can either uninstall the programs normally, or switch to a bit rougher tactic. The program of our choosing for this kind of task is Perfect Uninstaller.
Perfect Uninstaller claims to solve any problems caused by faulty uninstalling in a matter of seconds. Apparently this software is equipped for more than simply uninstalling software. Let’s check out some of the things this program can do and see for ourselves if it’s indeed something worth keeping.
First of all I need to state that I’ve installed and tested the program on a literally ancient computer, a DELL computer that barely has a bit of RAM and running under Windows XP. Since the developers of Perfect Uninstaller claim that the program will work on even the slowest of machines, I figured I’ll put that claim to the test and installed it on a machine that was running on an AMD Athlon 1666 MHz single core processor and had 512 RAM (DDR1). If it will work on this type of machine, then it will definitely work on just about any kind of computer/ laptop made after 2004.
Once the Perfect Uninstaller has been downloaded you can either try their free version or simply head for the registered version that comes with a full package of features. The copy costs 35 bucks, and if you ask me, it’s worth just about every penny. They claim that Perfect Uninstaller can uninstall, either by normal uninstallation or by force, every program that has been installed on your computer. It can remove unwanted programs that just don’t want to get out of your computer by normal means. It can also uninstall programs completely, not leaving anything behind, it can clear registry entries related to that program and is able to remove complex applications such as Adobe Reader, McAfee tools, AOL embedded toolbars, and others that seem to come with a ton of files and configurations for the registry (things that would take a normal user quite an amount of time).
Installation and instructions
Considering that you’re dealing with a program that barely occupies 1.7 MB of your hard drive, you can imagine that the download is not exactly the slowest, or most time consuming. Downloading the program is fast and easy through the Perfect Uninstaller website. Once you’ve downloaded the setup file, you need to launch it and be taken to an installation wizard. The actual installation involves on clicking Next. After you click on “I agree with the license agreement” you’re done. Now, since you’ve got Perfect Uninstaller on your computer you’re good on your way of uninstalling and getting rid of the programs that are causing your computer harm, and headaches for you.
The main screen is automatically filled with all the applications that are currently installed on the computer. You can head to the View menu and pick either icon view or list view. The icon view will simply replace all the applications you have with their corresponding icons. The list view will display all the applications installed, in a list similar to the one in Add/Remove programs. Let’s have a look at the toolbar to get an idea of what we’re dealing with.
Perfect Uninstaller comes with several software removal features. The first is the Uninstall feature which will act as a normal uninstaller and do the same thing Windows does.
In case you are dealing with a program that is a lot more stubborn and seems to cause all kinds of trouble when uninstalled, you can head to the Force Uninstall feature. This feature is the one that will act as the secret weapon when all others uninstalling features fail. Truth be told, there are certain programs that even Perfect Uninstaller cannot uninstall the normal way. That’s where Force Uninstall steps in. This is a brute force feature that will delete the program and all traces related to it. It will head in the registry and delete all entries, delete the program and make sure that there are no files related to it left on the hard drive. It is a veritable application black-hole.
The Startup Manager can be really useful since you can easily control the applications that are launched by the operating system with each startup. I understand that it’s useful since it provides an easy way to control the features that are placed at startup, but the thing is that the same thing can be achieved by simply accessing the Windows Startup panel. All you have to do is to write msconfig in the Run option from the Start menu.
Clear It is a truly useful feature that gives you loads of control over the Windows Registry. We all know that the Windows Registry is a place where you definitely don’t want to make a mistake (especially if you haven’t backed it up before making any modification). There only advanced users should fiddle and chance things. Once a registry entry has been deleted, it can be restored by a backup, but if there is no backup, it can really distort the communication between the operating system and one of the programs from where the registry was deleted. Fortunately with Clear It, you won’t have to think about any of that since all you need to do is to click on the name of the program you want to be removed from the Windows Registry and click on OK. Perfect Uninstaller will do all the work behind, in finding the program and deleting the exact registries that kept the uninstalled program related to the operating system.
The Refresh button is another interesting addition to the program since it refreshes the list of files you have currently installed on the system. This is really useful when you’re planning on doing a major cleanup. The Refresh button makes sure that you don’t click on a program that has been already uninstalled and ask Perfect Uninstaller to uninstall it again.
How to uninstall
Let’s see in a couple of simple steps how to uninstall a program. For example, I’ve chosen to uninstall Yahoo Messenger. Perfect Uninstaller is as simple as they say it is. First of all click on Yahoo Messenger as the program you want to uninstall. The Perfect Uninstaller will automatically provide specific information related to the application, if there is available. And then, the uninstall Wizard will do the rest of the thing. The first thing it does is uninstalling the program through normal parameters. Then it heads to the registry and deletes the entries related to the program, and finally it will scan the hard drive of the computer to make sure that no other leftover files are still existent on the hard drive
I must say that from all the programs that I’ve used, Perfect Uninstaller was by far the most useful because of the embedded features such as registry cleanup and forced uninstalling. No longer will you have to search for complicated registry cleaners when you have Perfect Uninstaller installed.11 Buy now!
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