Revo Uninstaller v2.1.7

A Full Review of Revo Uninstaller, a Free Software Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is a free software uninstaller program for Windows that can be used to remove every trace of a program so you can be sure nothing is left lingering on your hard drive or in the registry after it's been uninstalled.

This review is of Revo Uninstaller version 2.1.7, which was released on July 21, 2020. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review.

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Revo Uninstaller in Windows 7

Revo Uninstaller doesn't simply remove programs from your computer; there are other tools and features included as well that make it better than the one built-in to Windows:

  • It can run on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server
  • Right-clicking a program lets you uninstall it, remove its entry from the list, search for it online, open its install location, and open its registry key, among other things
  • Lets you choose between four uninstall modes, one of which can run a deep scan after the uninstall to check for residual information on the disk and in the registry; this ensures the program leaves no unnecessary information behind after it's been removed
  • Hunter Mode (more on this below) lets you quickly choose to remove any open program without having to open Revo Uninstaller first
  • Can optionally remove system updates and system components
  • An autorun/startup manager, junk cleaner, and privacy cleaner are also included

Revo Uninstaller Pros & Cons

While this program has traditionally been one of the more popular uninstaller tools, a few important issues kept it from ranking higher in our list:

Pros:

  • Menu options are easily accessible
  • Instantly search for programs
  • No advertising
  • Interface is simple to use
  • Searches the whole computer for leftover files
  • A system restore point is built before each uninstall
  • Small download size
  • Portable version is available
  • Setup doesn't try to install other, unrelated programs (most do)

Cons:

  • Doesn't support batch uninstalls
  • Unable to remove partially installed programs
  • Hunter Mode doesn't always work

Revo Uninstaller's Hunter Mode

Uninstaller software like the popular IObit Uninstaller and others can remove programs by right-clicking on the application's desktop shortcut. This means you can tell the program to uninstall the software without having to first open the uninstaller tool and then tell it what to do. This saves some time and we've found it very useful.

Revo Uninstaller doesn't have this feature. But it does have what's called Hunter Mode, which is similar.

If you click the Hunter Mode button on the menu, the rest of the program will minimize to reveal just a small, floating, movable box on your desktop.

To use Hunter Mode, first, open the program you want to uninstall, and then drag this box onto the program's open window.

These are the options you have when you use Hunter Mode: Uninstall, Stop Auto Starting, Kill Process, Kill and Delete Process, Open Containing Folder, Search at Google, and Properties.

As you've probably realized already, this would be very useful not only for quickly selecting programs to uninstall, but also to close programs that won't shut down properly.

Unfortunately, we were unable to get Hunter Mode to work for all the programs we tried with it. Out of five programs, it only worked twice.

Thoughts on Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is easy enough for pretty much anyone to use. Like you read above, the menu buttons are easy to get to, plus the uninstall modes are descriptive enough so you're not left wondering what's happening behind the scenes.

After you choose what program to uninstall, it will have you select an uninstall mode. There are four to choose from: Built-in, Safe, Moderate, and Advanced. The last one does everything the first three do so you can pick the one you think is most needed.

With Advanced mode, for example, it uses a program's built-in uninstaller first and then launches a deep scan to find and remove all the files and registry items that may be leftover that the built-in installer missed. You can even see which registry items it finds, and select which ones you want to keep or delete.

It's also great that Revo Uninstaller creates a system restore point by default because some uninstalls don't do this.