The most common way to uninstall programs is to use the “Programs and Features” function in Vista’s Control Panel. If you’re lucky, the developer of the program wrote an uninstaller to specifically deal with that program. If not, Vista will rely on its built-in uninstaller to get rid of the program. This can leave behind unwanted files, traces of the program and errant/corrupted or extra registry entries. There is a better way, Revo Uninstaller.
Revo Uninstaller is first and foremost, an uninstaller and that’s the first screen you will see when starting the program. It will list all of your installed programs, tell you how many programs are installed and offer various operations on each. If you don’t want to accidentally uninstall a program, you can remove the entry from Revo’s list.
Besides the “uninstall list” it also features “Hunter Mode.” Hunter mode places an icon on your desktop that functions as the uninstaller. Drag the icon to any entry you want to uninstall, release it and it will ask you if you are sure.
In addition to the uninstall function, it also features several cleanup modes that will remove junk files, clean your browser cache and permanently delete unwanted files or fragments of files. The “Evidence Remover” will delete files that still exist but were deleted from the Recycle bin. Use it only if you want to complete scrub those files completely from your hard drive. This will make any deleted data unrecoverable.
It also has an “Unrecovrable Delete” which will delete the file and overwrite the section on the hard drive with random bits, which makes deletes said file. Only use it if you never want the file in question restored, at some point.
Revo Uninstaller will maker sure that the program you want is uninstalled and does a better job of cleaning up the left over bits than Vista will do. The aforementioned clean up and delete features are a real bonus and quite useful to those that like their privacy.