Puran Uninstaller v3.0

A Full Review of Puran Uninstaller, a Free Software Uninstaller

Screenshot of Puran Uninstaller v3.0 in Windows
Puran Uninstaller v3.0. © Puran Software

Puran Uninstaller is a free software uninstaller that not only removes programs but also checks that they are truly from their developer and not a malicious imitation.

It's easy to use and also lets you remove software even if the regular uninstall method doesn't work.

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Note: This review is of Puran Uninstaller version 3.0, which was released on September 7, 2013.

Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

I'm a fan of Puran software. They also make the aptly named Puran File Recovery and Puran Defrag tools, both of which I regularly recommend.

More About Puran Uninstaller

Wide operating system support and the ability to check to see that an installed program is legitimate are a few things you'll find with Puran's uninstaller tool:

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2008/2003 are supported
  • Puran Uninstaller also works in Windows 10, though it's not officially supported
  • Called Force Uninstall, if a program can't be uninstalled by normal means, Puran Uninstaller can search for every reference to it in the form of files, folders, and registry items so they can still be removed from the computer
  • Programs can be sorted by name, version number, publisher, install date, and size. Also, an option enables Microsoft programs to be shown at the top of the list
  • Called code signing, Puran Uninstaller can check a program's uninstaller executable for a valid digital signature to ensure it's truly from the stated developer and not an imitation
  • If you need to learn more about a program, you can click the Get Program Info button to search for the program online
  • Any program from the list that is no longer installed but still happens to be listed can be removed so the entry is no longer visible
  • The list of installed programs can be exported to a neatly formatted HTML file that contains the name, version number, publisher, and a link to search for more information about the program online

Puran Uninstaller Pros & Cons

Aside from the persistent advertisement, there's little to dislike about Puran Uninstaller:

Pros:

  • Small download size
  • Easy to use
  • Installs quickly
  • Can forcibly remove programs
  • Supports batch uninstalls
  • Clear and uncluttered interface
  • Supports searching through the list of software

Cons:

  • Always shows an ad at the bottom of the program
  • Batch uninstall isn't very user-friendly

My Thoughts on Puran Uninstaller

I like that Puran Uninstaller is so easy to use. All the buttons are on the bottom of the screen and there are no settings or extra features that are hidden away in menus.

The search tool is a little strange to use but if you don't have many programs installed, it's still effective at finding what you're looking for.

To use the code signing feature, you must select a program from the list and then choose the Verify Digital Signature button. Sometimes a digital signature can't be found in a program's uninstaller, but it does work for others. For valid programs, you'll be told the uninstaller is OK, whereas a prompt will tell you that the application should not be trusted if the signature isn't validated.

I mentioned above that the batch uninstall feature isn't user-friendly. What I mean by this is that when you select multiple programs to remove, Puran Uninstaller opens all their uninstall wizards at the same time. If you've selected a handful, it can quickly clutter up your desktop. This is in contrast to other software uninstallers like IObit Uninstaller and Comodo Programs Manager, which open each uninstall wizard separately for a more orderly work space.

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