Uninstall programs completely and monitor installations with Comodo Programs Manager


This is an impressive uninstaller program that will scan for leftover files after program uninstallations to make sure nothing is left behind. It will also monitor your system for program installs and take note of all changes done to your system, so that it can easily roll them back completely.

This happens all the time, in the background, and does not require any user intervention.

But Comodo Programs Manager can do more: it can uninstall both programs and system drivers, and it allows you to redo the uninstall later on (i.e. actually reinstalling the program or driver in case you change your mind and want them back later on).

For monitored installations it can actually create installable packages that let you reinstall the application at a later date with all your customized settings.

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This program can do many different things; here are some notable functions:

  • Monitors setups: and records all modifications made to the system, Freewaregenius 5-Star Pickallowing for a full reversal on demand of all changes.
  • Cleans up: uninstalls programs and scans and removes leftover files and registry entries (even for installs that were not monitored).
  • Multiple simultaneous uninstalls: can uninstall multiple programs simultaneously (using CTRL or SHIFT+select)
  • Missing uninstallers: Uninstalls programs that have corrupt uninstallers or no uninstallers
  • Undo an uninstall: allows the user to undo an uninstall (in most cases). Which is to say, change his/her mind and restore the uninstalled program. For monitored installs, it can create an installable package to reinstall the application at a later date while preserving all customized settings
  • Uninstalls system drivers: but does not support undoing driver uninstallation.
  • Queries Windows updates: will list all Windows updates as well as any missing updates that are not implemented on your system.

The verdict: I love this program. After spending some time with it it became quickly apparent just how powerful and useful it can be, and how well put together this software is.

The main thing I like about Comodo Programs Manager is that installation monitoring is so seamless and invisible; you never have to worry about it or remember to turn it on or off. For someone who installs and uninstalls so many programs on a daily basis, this is a very sweet feature indeed.

The other big point for me is the fact that you can UNDO uninstalls. This feature seems like it would be great for troubleshooting purposes;  for example, uninstalling programs or drivers to see if they contribute towards a problem or issue you are having with your computer, and then simply rolling them back if you find that they are unrelated to the problem at hand.

I didn’t expect that a better uninstaller than previously mentioned Revo might come about, but Comodo Programs Manager just might be that program.

Version Tested:

Compatibility: Windows XP or later.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 10.7megs).

  • Anonymous

    While I generally have high regard for Comodo products, this one caused a blue screen alert on reboot on my HP Win7 notebook.

  • Monimonika

    Would this help in identifying disappearing programs on Windows 7?

    4 times so far I have had programs that I rarely use just simply disappear without a trace. Even the folders that two of the programs made in “My Documents” vanished, as well as anything in Programs/Programs(x86)/Start Menu, and even shortcuts! I noticed when I tried looking for the programs, but since it was so long ago (a couple months) that I had used them, I have no idea when they disappeared and I’m forced to reinstall.

    Programs that suffered disappearances (as far as I know):

    Ammy Admin
    Visual CD
    Debut Video Capture

    Ammy Admin disappeared on me twice before, and I’m not sure if the other two were erased at the same time as each other or not. I suspect Windows Updates are involved somehow.

    So, would Comodo Programs Manager help with this problem?

  • Starlight

    Hi everyone

    great blog, I’ve been following a long time

    This program disconnected me completely from the internet and my hard wired router straight after it was installed.

    As soon as I finished uninstalling it and Revo got rid of all the crap it left behind, everything worked perfectly again.

    They’re not on my Christmas card list!

  • Samer

    @ Anonymous, Starlight: I am disappointed to learn that you are having issues with this software. I am using it on Win 7 64 bit (with all the updates as of 10/27/11) without hitch.

    @ Monimooka: not sure about disappearing programs. Are you using Avast antivirus by any chance? Avast frequently intercepts installers and the first option it offers users is to run in a sandbox, which will make the program appear in that particular session in a virtual state, but it will not be available upon reboot.

    @ webfork: there is a discussion to be had, it seems, about whether or not to use Comodo products, and it seems that the best place for that discussion is over at the links you provided; no need to replicate here.

    I will say that (a) this program did not change anything a home page, search provide, or add toolbars to any of my browsers, (b) it did not require my email address to install, and (c) the privacy policy referred to in the EULA (http://bit.ly/sxyDKE) seems pretty standard to me. There is no reference to getting any personally identifiable data; quote “Personal information is collected from customers only after obtaining consent”. It may be the case that the issues outlined in the URLs posted above are outdated.

    In any case the information I present here are opinions that I publish according to the best of my knowledge; weigh you decisions and decide, I assume no responsibility.

  • hk

    Caused a BSOD on reboot on my Win XP notebook.

  • Mike

    Caused a BSOD on reboot on Vista SP2. Had to uninstall in safemode.

  • @Samer:
    > it seems that the best place for that discussion is over at the links you provided; no need to replicate here.

    No problem. I’d be happy to do some digging on the topic, but I don’t want to hijack the primary focus of your site or the comments thread with that. Feel free to email me if you’re interested.

  • Mushaf

    > The main thing I like about Comodo Programs Manager is that installation monitoring is so seamless and invisible; you never have to worry about it or remember to turn it on or off.

    That’s because it installs a background service with it. My experience is quite good so far. No BSOD for me. And the program seems to detect more leftovers than Revo. Only con I’ve noticed so far is that there is no option to arrange the program list by installation date.

  • Saicode

    I have been using Comodo Firewall (but not the Antivirus) for about six years or more. And my experience has been quite good. Although my brother had some problems with Comodo FIrewall aind internet connection after updating. That’s why I am a bit afraid of updating frequently.

    Now I must try this application and see if it could replace Revo for me.

    Does anyone know how does it treat already installed programs those were installed before installing the program? Can it clean them effectively like Revo?

  • vion77