Software & Apps Backup & Utilities 100 100 people found this article helpful IObit Uninstaller v9.6.0 A Full Review of IObit Uninstaller, a Free Software Uninstaller by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on June 29, 2020 Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email IObit Uninstaller is one of the best free software uninstallers for Windows thanks to a batch uninstall feature, an installation monitor, support for most Windows versions, and a quick install itself. Every piece of an application is searched for and removed completely, leaving no useless, junk files behind. You can uninstall software with IObit Uninstaller in a few different ways depending on your specific situation, like using the Force Uninstall or Easy Uninstall feature. Download IObit Uninstaller This review is of IObit Uninstaller version 9.6.0. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review. More About IObit Uninstaller IObit Uninstaller does everything an excellent uninstaller tool should: Works with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XPIObit Uninstaller integrates itself into the Explorer right-click context menu, meaning you can remove programs from the desktop or any other folder without having to first open IObit UninstallerIt can monitor other software installations automatically so that when you decide to remove one of those monitored programs, IObit Uninstaller will know exactly which files/folders to delete to fully uninstall it without leaving behind any tracesYou can sort the list of installed programs by name, size, install date, or version numberAfter uninstalling a program, IObit Uninstaller searches through and removes any files that may been left behind after the uninstall, in both the registry and the file system, and tells you how much free space was recoveredForce Uninstall (more on this below) is a feature in IObit Uninstaller that can remove a program that was unable to be uninstalled by normal meansA residual files cleaner can delete Windows patch cache files, invalid shortcuts, and unused files in the Downloads folder to recovery more storage space on the hard driveYou can see a list of programs that you infrequently use, as well as programs that are taking up lots of disk spaceIObit Uninstaller lists out the Windows apps that were installed by default as well as 3rd party apps, and you can remove any of themFiles that can't be removed while Windows is running will be scheduled to be deleted when you restart your computerYou can find out more information on any installed program by right-clicking it and choosing to find the program in Windows Explorer, open it in the Registry Editor, or search for it onlineIObit Uninstaller keeps a history of everything you've removed so that you can see exactly what files and registry items were deletedStartup programs can be disabled or completely removed, and startup processes can be immediately terminated or removed from starting upIn the Software Updater section is a list of installed programs that could be updated to a newer version. You can then go straight to the download page to get the most up-to-date version.IObit Uninstaller can also remove system restore points, toolbars, browser extensions, browser plug-ins, Browser Help Objects, and 3rd party programs that have been injected into your browsers IObit Uninstaller Pros & Cons There's obviously much to like about IObit Uninstaller: Pros: Really quick installationCreates a system restore point before removing softwareSupports batch uninstallsAble to search through the list of programs, extensions, and plug-insSupports removing updates installed with Windows UpdateExplains which installed apps could be updated to a newer versionThe list of applications can be exported to a TXT fileAllows drag and drop to uninstall a programPortable version is availableAlso includes a folder and file shredder Cons: No option to remove a program entry from the list of installed softwareAn advertisement is always shown at the bottomOther programs might ask to be installed during setupDoesn't let you remove all parts of bundleware (only tells you about it) The Different Ways to Use IObit Uninstaller IObit Uninstaller provides multiple ways to remove programs. The method you pick should depend on the specific situation you're in. Programs Screen Open IObit Uninstaller and access the Programs screen on the left to see all the uninstall options. You can see a list of installed programs, a list of bundleware if multiple apps were installed simultaneously, a list of recently installed programs, a list of the programs taking up the most space on your hard drive, and a list of of software you hardly ever use. If those criteria are the best way for you to uninstall a program, then you'll want to open IObit Uninstaller that way and use one of those areas of the program to remove the application in question. Powerful Uninstall A quick way to uninstall software with IObit Uninstaller is to right-click the program's shortcut and click Powerful Uninstall. This will open IObit Uninstaller automatically and prompt you to remove the program. This method is quicker than opening IObit Uninstaller first, and might be necessary if the program isn't listed in IObit Uninstaller. If you open Programs and Features from the Control Panel, which is the regular uninstall method found in Windows, is another way to access Powerful Uninstall. Click once on any program you wish to remove and then click that button to delete it with the Powerful Uninstall function. Easy Uninstall The Easy Uninstall feature is a small green dot that you can drop onto a program to tell IObit Uninstaller to uninstall it. It's very helpful if the program you want to remove is already open and running but you're not sure how it got there or how to delete it. To use this feature, hit the Ctrl+Alt+U keyboard shortcut, or open IObit Uninstaller's tools menu at the top of the program to find Easy Uninstall. Drag the green dot onto the program window or desktop shortcut and select Uninstall to start the uninstallation process, Open File Location to learn more about where on your computer that program is stored, or End Process to promptly shut down the process. Force Uninstall If your computer shut down or crashed while trying to install or uninstall a program, it might not show up in IObit Uninstaller as an installed application even though the program is still there. This is when the Force Uninstall feature is handy. Just drag the program's shortcut, or any file related to that program, into the Force Uninstall window, and IObit Uninstaller will scan the computer for anything related to that file or shortcut. When it finds the related program, it will uninstall all of its files to effectively clean your computer of the half-installed software. This is the best option if the above methods of removing a program weren't enough and you know that some files were left behind. Open one of those residual files in this part of IObit Uninstaller to forcibly remove the whole program. You can open Force Uninstall through the tools menu at the top right corner of IObit Uninstaller. Final Thoughts on IObit Uninstaller Of all the several free program uninstallers out there, this one definitely creates a nice balance between a good set of features and an easy to use interface. We explained the many different ways to use IObit Uninstaller above to show just how versatile it can be to delete anything and everything, no matter the situation. If a malware program is running but you're not sure where it's installed or what it's called, just use that green dot to delete it. Or if you have a weird shortcut on your desktop that belongs to a program you're unfamiliar with, just right-click it to remove the whole program with IObit Uninstaller. You can see just how many situations this program could come in handy in. We also love that you can easily view just the large programs you have installed. It says how much space the program is using on the hard drive so you know which to uninstall first if you're running low on disk space. Uninstalling programs in batch will prove to be extremely helpful. If you've used a similar software uninstaller program, it might have launched all the uninstall wizards for every program you included in the batch process, at the same time, which is terrible to keep track of. IObit Uninstaller is different in that it doesn't open the next uninstall wizard until the current one has been closed, which is very nice. Also, during a batch uninstall, the residual registry and file system scan isn't launched until all programs have been removed, which saves a ton of time so it's not looking for leftover items after each and every uninstall. If you install bundleware by accident, IObit Uninstaller will alert you about it. Also, even if you uninstall a program without using IObit Uninstaller, you'll get prompted by this tool to remove all the residual files left behind by the other uninstaller—how cool is that! The file shredder tool works not only with the forced uninstall function but also independent of it. This means you can open the file shredder to permanently remove any file or folder, not just the junk left over after an uninstall. This makes it less likely that a data recovery program will be able to restore your deleted files. We highly suggest you try IObit Uninstaller before trying any other uninstaller tool. Download IObit Uninstaller IObit Uninstaller has been converted to a portable program but it has been released and is hosted by PortableApps.com, so you won't find it on IObit's website. The portable version doesn't always reflect the newest version released by IObit, so keep that in mind.