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. However, here's five free tools that build on the functions of Windows own uninstaller, ensuring a program can be completely removed from your system.
ZSoft Uninstaller 2.5
ZSoft Uninstaller is a powerful tool that makes it easier to completely uninstall applications, without leaving remnants scattered around your hard drive and Registry.
The program will initially present you with a full list of your installed software, just like the standard Windows applet.
IObit Uninstaller 1.1
IObit Uninstaller is a multi-talented uninstall tool that can completely remove applications from your hard drive, with none of the usual Registry clutter and junk files that are often left behind.
The cleanup process has two stages. First, you launch the unwanted application's uninstaller and let it do its work. And second, IObit Uninstaller's "Powerful Scan" option checks your Registry and hard drive for remnants that the program might have been left behind. These are then displayed for your approval, and you're able to delete anything the program has discovered in a click.
MyUninstaller is a simple, portable and lightweight alternative to the standard Windows "Uninstall a Program" Control Panel applet.
It provides much more information about the various programs you've installed, everything from their installation folder and source, to the author's web site (if available).
Revo Uninstaller Free 1.92
Revo Uninstaller provides 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.
Comodo Programs Manager 1.2
COMODO Programs Manager offers a number of useful installation tools in one package: it's designed to replace the Program and Features Control Panel, enabling you to manage programs, Windows components and updates from one screen; it's also capable of managing and removing hardware drivers too.