Removing unused programs from your hard drive bring several benefits. As well as clearing unnecessary entries from the Start menu to help make it easier to navigate, software removal also frees up hard drive space and can help to improve system performance. The uninstaller provided with Windows is functional, but it can also be very slow and is somewhat lacking in features.

Revo Uninstaller, on the other hand, is lightning quick, providing 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.

Revo Uninstaller also includes a number of cleanup tools which can be used to take control of the programs that start automatically with Windows, as well as removing unnecessary files. A file shredder is available to irreversibly delete files, and the program provides easy access to handy Windows' utilities. With tools to remove internet traces and to tidy up after Microsoft Office, this is your compete PC cleaning kit.

Revo Uninstaller 1.95 brings these changes:

- Improved Windows 8 compatibility
- Fixed minor bugs
- Updated language files

Verdict

Fairly powerful free uninstall tool will remove just about every reference from an installation, including Registry entries