We are all familiar with the ‘Add or Remove programs’ feature available on the windows control panel, which lists all the installed applications on our system and allows us to remove applications we no longer need. While that feature is super handy, but the functions it performs while removing applications is limited in a way unknown to most users. That module just executes the uninstaller or command line associated with it to remove the program files from the system. You may be wondering, what is wrong with that? Not all applications like to remove all traces of them when they are uninstalled and some developers intentionally leave traces on the system. For instance, consider the case of toolbars bundled with shareware programs. You may no longer need the shareware program and decide to remove it, but the toolbar that came along with it will remain on your system. You may not even have an option to remove it. This is where third-party uninstallers such as Ashampoo Uninstaller step in.
Ashampoo Uninstaller features a tabbed interface, with the overview tab displayed by default on start. The overview tab covers the core functionality of the program in the form of three large buttons, which is uninstall apps, install apps and create snapshots. Clicking on any of these will open the relevant tab.
The installations tab displays all the installed programs along with their manufacturer, install date, size, community rating, and installation rate. If you have too many programs installed, you can use the search feature to look up programs and even apply filters, based on whether they are logged, unlogged, corrupted, incorrectly installed, and have a bad Ashampoo community rating.
Logged installations are also separately displayed under the logged tab. To log a program installation, you have to use the context menu “Install with Ashampoo Uninstaller” option or use the aforementioned install button available under the overview tab. It is recommended to log each installation so that if you later decide to remove it, Ashampoo can undo any changes and remove all files created by that particular installer.
Now coming to the snapshots tab, which is a feature more apt for advanced users. Snapshots allows you to view the system changes in between two different periods. You can create as many snapshots as you want, then view all the files and registry changes (added, deleted and modified) using the compare snapshot feature.
In addition to all these, Ashampoo Uninstaller comes bundled with tools that will allow you to defragment hard drive, remove redundant registry entries, manage startup programs, clean up junk files, organize file associations, securely delete files, recover accidentally delete files, view system information, deactivate system services and more.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 2017 is available as a free download. All you have to do is register here to receive your free license. There is also a premium edition available for download from the Ashampoo website that costs $59.99. The premium edition features a real time install logger and some additional tools that are missing from this edition.
Download Ashampoo Uninstaller 2017: ashampoo_uninstaller_2017_sm.exe [13 MB]