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uninstall left over files

  1. #1

    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1

    uninstall left over files

    Hello everyone,
    haven't posted in a while and I hope you's are all doing well today.

    I have a cleanout software and hardware wise once a fortnight, I tend to uninstall any programs that I haven't used for a while or don't longer need however I am sure there are files that are left behind from installations,
    I am wondering if there is a program (paid or free) out there that will find all the left behind files from all installations,
    I had a program (Revo Uninstaller I think) that when you uninstall a program through Revo you get an option to remove all of the left over files.

    However I haven't used it in a while and I have already uninstalled a fair few programs,
    is there a program that will find the files that are no longer needed and I can delete them?

    Thanks for the help

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  2. #2

    Posts : 156
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit

    Revo Uninstaller Pro can removed leftover files, click on the "Traced Programs" and type the name for the programs you uninstalled and it will scan for leftover files and registry entries and you can delete them. I would recommend you to uninstall programs from Revo directly next time.

    Note: You will only see "Traced Programs" in the Pro versions.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Build 9600 32-bits

    Revo Uninstaller/Ashampoo Uninstaller
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  4. #4

    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    There's no such uninstaller that can completely remove all the left over including Revo Uninstaller, Ashampoo etc.... The obvious proof is if you install a 30 day trial application. After the trial has expired, try to uninstall then re-install to see if you get another 30 trial.

    The only people that can remove the left over are the people who actually wrote the software. And they put hidden entries with special permission in the registry that no uninstaller software can detect.

    So just in case you are trying to use a 30 day trial software and hope to use one of those uninstallers to get another 30 day trial then you are out of luck. The only way it would work is before installing the trial software, make a backup image then after 30 days, restore the image then re-install it. However, there's no such thing as 100% fool proof. Smart hacker can use Process Explorer from MS Sys Internals to trace every move of registry Read/Write and delete them.

    NOTE: I am not saying that this is what you are trying to do, just one of the scenerio. Personally, I use revo uninstaller and it's pretty good to clean the left over compare to the native Windows installer but not all.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 08 May 2015 at 23:36.
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  5. #5

    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    To purge a system of a program, you need a desktop search tool like UltraSearch that scans the MFT for everything. Deleting stuff using this tool can be dangerous and cause errors if you are not an advanced user, because it will show .dll and .ocx files that must be unregistered first or you start getting errors or you can break your system if they are part of Windows(stay away from the WinSxS folder too). For the registry there is a Find & Find next(F3) only remove the main program folders under HKEY LOCAL MACHINE software.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1

    You can use this Microsoft Fix-It tool on a one-time basis each time you do a bunch of un-installs -
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