Uninstalling unwanted programs is one of the best and easiest ways to speed up Windows and free up some disk space on system drive (Windows drive). While most programs can easily be uninstalled right form the Programs and Features in Control Panel, there are some programs that don’t appear in Programs and Features, and one needs to use third-party uninstallers to get rid of them.
A quick web search reveals that there are plenty of third-party uninstallers out there for Windows and most of them are pretty good. The problem with most of the uninstallers out there is that they offer options to uninstall only installed programs and don’t help you uninstall browser toolbars and extensions that get installed while installing some free programs.
IObit Uninstaller is an excellent free software designed to help you remove unwanted programs and their leftovers completely from your Windows machine with a few mouse clicks. The team behind IObit Uninstaller has recently updated the program to version 3.0 and it’s now better than ever.
The home screen of the program displays all installed software along with their size and install date. If you have installed hundreds of programs, you can use the search box to quickly search for the program that you wish to uninstall. Switch to the Recently Installed tab to view all recently installed programs or switch to the Large Programs tab to now which programs are taking up most space.
IObit Uninstaller also features batch uninstaller, a feature to quickly uninstall multiple programs at once. If you want to uninstall two or more programs at a time, check the option titled Batch Uninstall option located at the upper-right (below the search box), check program names that you want to uninstall and then click Uninstall button.
The Force Uninstall feature is useful when a program can’t be uninstalled from the main screen or when a program doesn’t appear in installed programs list. You can browse to the program that needs to be uninstalled using Force Uninstall feature and then click Forced Uninstall button to remove the program.
Unlike other uninstallers out there, IObit Uninstaller lets you uninstall or remove browser toolbars and plug-ins without having to open the browser. Click on the Browser plug-ins tab to view all installed plug-ins and toolbars. Select an extension, right-click on it and then click Remove button to remove the selected plug-in.
Another silent feature of this program is that it offers you quickly create a system restore point before uninstalling a program so that you can quickly restore the program in future without having to install it again. File Shredder tool can be used to permanently delete files from your PC.
This program also lets you export the list of programs installed to a text file, a very handy feature if you’re preparing to re-install Windows operating system. The exported text file includes application name, version, size, and install date. This feature can be accessed by clicking the small list button (located next to minimize, maximize and close buttons) and then click clicking Export Program List.