Absolute Uninstaller v5.3.1.21

A Full Review of Absolute Uninstaller, a Free Software Uninstaller

Screenshot of Absolute Uninstaller v5.3.1.19 in Windows 7
Absolute Uninstaller v5.3.1.19. © Glarysoft.com

Absolute Uninstaller is a software uninstaller from Glarysoft, the company behind some other tools I've recommended, like Glary Undelete and Registry Repair.

Absolute Uninstaller isn't as advanced as some of the more popular program uninstallers, but it does support batch removals, includes a search function, and can backup all the uninstall information to a REG file.

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Note: This review is of Absolute Uninstaller version 5.3.1.21, which was released on May 9, 2016. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About Absolute Uninstaller

Some clever features and a wide support for Windows operating systems make Glarysoft's Absolute Uninstaller worth the try:

  • Absolute Uninstaller works on Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Window Server 2003
  • The list of software can be sorted by name, install date, or size
  • Separate sections in Absolute Uninstaller are available just for recently installed, large, and rarely used programs so you can easily filter the list to see only those specific applications
  • Program entries can be removed from the list, which is helpful if it's still listed even though the software has been removed
  • You can also use Absolute Uninstaller to remove updates made with Windows Update
  • Software that was recently installed has a "New!" marker next to it to easily identify newly added programs
  • You can change the name of an installed program to modify how it appears in the list, and you can also modify the program's command line string used for uninstalling the software
  • AutoFix invalid entries is a tool included in Absolute Uninstaller that scans and removes programs from the list that are no longer installed to the computer
  • All the uninstall info can be backed up to a REG file
  • A simple list of the installed programs can be exported to a plain text file. The file includes very basic information - the program name and maybe its version number

Absolute Uninstaller Pros & Cons

Absolute Uninstaller isn't perfect but it's easy to use and produced by a trusted system utility developer:

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Installs quickly
  • Can backup uninstall information
  • Uncluttered interface
  • Supports batch uninstalls

Cons:

  • Batch uninstall feature is inefficient
  • Can't search through the list of programs
  • Tries to install another program during setup

My Thoughts on Absolute Uninstaller

Absolute Uninstaller is really well designed. There aren't too many buttons or options so it's rather easy to use. I think the batch removal feature alone is enough to convince you use it as a replacement to the default uninstaller tool in Windows, which doesn't support batch uninstalls.

The batch uninstall feature is great to have but it unfortunately doesn't work as well as similar software uninstaller programs. When multiple programs are selected, each and every uninstaller is launched at the same time. This is different than Comodo Programs Manager and IObit Uninstaller, for example, in that those programs open the uninstallers one at a time to avoid cluttering up the screen.

Most program uninstallers include a search function, so it's too bad that there isn't one with Absolute Uninstaller.

Aside from the above downfalls, I do like the fact that you can backup all the uninstall information to a REG file. Mainly for more advanced users, what this does is lets you create a backup file of all the registry items so you can look through it to see exactly what the registry points to for each program.

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Note: After Absolute Uninstaller has finished installing, setup will ask you if you'd like to install another program from the same developers, but you can easily decline by unchecking that option.