Remove even the toughest programs with IOBit Uninstaller


IOBit Uninstaller (IOBU) is a powerful, but very easy to use, portable application that will take care of uninstalling nearly anything from your Windows OS based computer. It will even remove programs that won’t go away even when you use Windows uninstaller, and will remove the traces that are often left behind by other methods.

Being someone who regularly reviews different bits of software, both professionally and as a hobby, I am constantly installing and uninstalling new programs from my computer. That being the case, it was bound happen eventually that I would find a program that Windows uninstaller could not uninstall for whatever reason.  Most of us have probably help with this issue at least once and it can be absolutely infuriating.

You go to uninstall program you no longer need or want and for whatever reason, be it an error message or some other problem, Windows is unable to install or leaves behind all kinds of folders and files, even registry entries.  Sometimes you will you run across a program that will allow a pure in the Windows uninstall application.  For some of us this might not be a big deal but to others it is one of the most unknowing and upsetting things that can happen.

That’s where IOBit Uninstaller comes into play and really shines as a handy, portable application that is also freeware. IOBit Uninstaller will allow you to get around these issues by not only interfacing with the Windows uninstall program but, in some cases, completely superseding it. IOBU use very user-friendly, very easy to install and before you know it all your uninstallation troubles will be gone.  Let’s take a look at how this works.

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First you must download the program, which is a very small .exe file, from the website. Note that you can run the program from anywhere on your computer, including a portable or thumb drive. There is no actual installation of the program. It simply runs from wherever it is stored on your system whenever you need it. So after you have downloaded the program you just double click it to open it.  That brings up the main IOBU window.  This is the window that you will interface with for everything you do with IOBU.

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There are two basic options for how to uninstall any program on your system.  You can either use the normal uninstall process, through the IOBU interface, or you can select a “Forced Uninstall” that will take over the entire process from Windows.  The Forced Uninstall is the one I find I use most, since, if Windows could uninstall a program would need IOBU in the first place. From the main IOBU menu you will select the type of program you want to uninstall on the left side.  These options include all programs, toolbar, recently installed, large programs, rarely used and even Windows updates.  I find the Toolbar and the Windows Updates to be the most useful. From these you can choose to uninstall any toolbar that is annoying you in your browser, or, of course Windows Updates. For the purposes of this article I am using the forced uninstall option.

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Once you have selected the item to uninstall you just click the forced uninstall button. Alternatively, you can select multiple items to uninstall by checking the Batch Uninstall box. This is particularly nice for those of us who have a lot of programs to uninstall at the end of the day, all at once. This will give you a popup menu with only one button you can press, which is the browse button.  You will have to point to the folder and the exact program within that folder that you want to uninstall.  The other option is to drag and drop the file to the IOBU window. It would be nice to see a search feature here for those of us who cannot find the specific program we want to uninstall but we know it is there.

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Maybe that is something that they will put into the next update. There is a search function on the main IOBU window but all that does is search through the registered items on the available list, rather than searching your computer’s storage.

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IOBU offers the option to create a system restore point before uninstalling anything, as well.  Once you have selected the program in its folder IOBU will attempt to run the built in uninstaller of the application you have selected.  Now, with many programs that I need IOBU for, the built in uninstaller doesn’t work but that is where the third step of forced uninstall comes into play. The third step is a powerful scan that will search for leftover on items in your registry as well as empty folders on the hard drive and offer you the option to delete them.

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That’s it.  That’s all there is to it.  Simple, powerful, useful and free! Personally, I would recommend IOBU to anyone who has a Windows based system. You may not need it now but I can almost guarantee that you will need it eventually. There are other on installer programs like REVO, and many of them work just fine. But, for simplicity and ease of use, you can’t beat IOBit Uninstaller, in my opinion. Until next time, my friends.

Get IOBit Uninstaller here.

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Born and raised overseas in a military family, B.C. Tietjens visited and lived in many places all over the world. He has worked on a number of publications and enjoys writing for different audiences, on such diverse subjects as relationships, technology, prestidigitation, self-improvement, entertaining children, and biographical stories. He currently writes primarily for Freewaregenius and enjoys the heck out of it.
  • How is Revo not simple to use?

    Also I remember something about people suggesting you avoid IObit software which made e stop using Smart Defrag. All i can find right now about it is

  • Peter

    Typo 1: “IOBU use very user-friendly” ==> “IOBU is very user-friendly”
    Typo 2: “There are other on installer programs” ==> “There are other uninstaller programs”

  • Peter

    Btw, am I the only one who ALWAYS get an error whenever I press the “Post Comment” button on this site? (although my post is accepted)
    I ALWAYS get this error:

  • Toni

    @ Peter: I have excactly the same problem every time I post. But I thought this is a problem Samer is aware of.

  • shawn

    ya i get the error too. VERY annoying. this is why i rarely comment

  • kell

    Same error here.

  • JJ

    I’m curious, for someone who tests so much software, why not use something like ZSoft that does an initial scan before you install anything?

    Isn’t that a much cleaner way of removing stuff?


    Why not try programs into a virtual machine or sandboxed instead ?

  • anonysubscribe

    wish articles could do a real time comparison with best freeware like and cnet should.
    then we can pick the bet of the best always.
    and this site would be the best of the best review sites.
    sent with love.

  • Alan

    Thank you for this well written and indepth review of IOBit Uninstaller.

    I have had my greatest UNINSTALL success using the combination of REVO Uninstaller first… checking with SEARCH EVERYTHING… and then using REGSEEKER for final registry cleanup.

    Based on your review… I will surely give IOBit Uninstaller a tryout… and see how thorough it is.

    Thank you again,

  • Alan

    Thank you for this well written and indepth review of IOBit Uninstaller.

    I have had my greatest UNINSTALL success using the combination of REVO Uninstaller first… checking with SEARCH EVERYTHING… and then using REGSEEKER for final registry cleanup.

    Based on your review… I will surely give IOBit Uninstaller a tryout… and see how thorough it is.

    Thank you again,

  • Peter

    I guess the problem I was talking about is the reason why the previous comments are twice posted.
    Samer, you probably should take action!

    • Samer

      Hey guys… thanks for all the feedback. I’d like to respond quickly.

      (1) Comparative reviews: we do a lot of these at Freewaregenius, and try to make comparisons in the course of every review. But not every review can be a comparative review. If you want a list of comparisons, check out our link for the (you guessed it) “Comparative tests” category.

      (2) Uninstallers compared: I use Revo and Comodo Programs Manager concurrently on my system, and now playing with IOBit uninstaller. I really like CPM but I wouldn’t recommend it for resource challenged systems, as it installs a service that is always running. A comparison of Revo, IObit, and ZSoft Uninstaller would make a good post. putting it on my list.

      (3) With respect to the problems with posting comments, these are related to the interaction between RackSpaceCloud hosting and the W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin which makes the site a lot faster. Dozens of webmasters are facing the same problem, and about 3 weeks ago Rackspace indicated that they did something about it and that it should be significantly reduced (see screenshot below). It was somewhat reduced, but not quite eliminated. I cannot possibly stop using W3 Total cache, and am reluctant to leave RackSpaceCloud because aside from this issue, I really like them (and who is to guarantee that it wouldn’t be the same with other hosting providers).


      I guess I will just have to email RackSpaceCloud that the issue has not gone away 🙁

  • Peter

    Thanks Samer for the information concerning the posting problems.
    I can only hope there comes a day that the problem is really solved as Rackspace Cloud promises.

    Keep us informed. Certainly when you read comments like:
    >> … this is why i rarely comment

  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Phd

    While I would like to examine this product myself, I’m find it difficult to extract the exe file before install. Has anyone monitored the install using another uninstaller package such as Revo’s Pro version or Martau’s Total Uninstall?

    Is there any reason that comments here don’t have a reply option. I have to itemize those I wish to respond to.

    Alan – You use Regseeker to search your regisry even though the program hasn’t been updated for 4+ years. Hoverdesk is still on version 1.55. I also like the program and used it for Windows 2000, but I’m not sure it’s searching the whole registry as it’s a 32 bit app and finds everything in a Win 7 64 bit registry.

    Samer mentions that he likes the Comodo Program Manager but it installs a service that is always running. Can’t the service be set for a manual startup or would that defeat the purpose of the program? What many of these uninstallers don’t take into account is subsequent auto-updates, especially for security programs. Zsoft’s Uninstaller is also a 32 bit program that would have problems with a 64 bit OS. I tried it with Win 7 and the log was huge, so I’m not sure its log was valid.

    There’s a thread regarding 64 bit OS on the Zsoft forums and one poster wrote:

    “All those default restrictions for a 32bit program can be disabled explicitly so the program has access like a 64bit program to registry”.

    It sounds interesting, but I’m not quite sure what registry keys to edit for Zsoft or Regseeker in relation to that MS link. If the authors of the programs provided a reg file that could also be removed if problems occurred, it would be helpful. Either way, I’d do a registry backup first.

    At the present time, I’m using a combination of the free version of Revo Uninstaller, although it doesn’t do much, and Advanced Uninstaller Pro 10 from Innovative Solutions, which was recently offered for free.

    I really think that when any programs are reviewed for public, the site providing the review should also have an analysis of what the program adds to the Windows system directory and the registry. Perhaps an investment in a program similar to Martau’s Total Uninstall by websites and blogs that review programs, or a quid pro quo arrangement with the developer would assist the reader in ensuring how safe these programs are.

    This post on Wilder’s mentions that Iobit’s Uninstaller tries to access the internet via port 80 when started. It alo mentions that Iobit doesn’t monitor the install:

    I’d like to try the program as I’m finding Revo’s free version to be limited. However, as stated, I’d like to know what’s being added to the registry when the program runs. Even portables add registry strings.