It gets worse:
Many of the program files used by applications are often 'shared' with other applications. These files contain universal functions that many Windows' programs use for common tasks. Even though these files are listed as 'belonging' to an application, if you delete any of them when you remove one application, another application may stop working.
Why programs' own uninstallers usually aren't so good?
Nowadays almost all programs provide a facility for uninstalling themselves again, at the very least with an entry in the Add/Remove Programs section in the Windows Control Panel. The trouble is, these facilities normally only include the absolute minimum functionality. Most of them leave large numbers of "orphaned" registry entries, settings and files scattered all over your system, like tourists who leave all their garbage in the woods after a picnic. (If you're interested you can use Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite in Expert Mode to test the performance of other uninstallers.)
Why is this?
Let's face it, programmers don't want you to remove their programs. Also, writing a good uninstaller is a lot of work that doesn't add to the functionality of an application, so most programmers don't bother. They choose to play it safe, leaving everything you don't see intact.
How Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite does the job?
Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite works by creating two "snapshots" of your system, one before you install an application and another one directly afterwards. These snapshots record the entire status of your computer system, including all registry entries, the locations, dates, sizes and versions of all files and the contents of all configuration files. Getting this right is extremely complicated, and Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite does this difficult job very, very well.
After creating the second snapshot the program then compares it with the first and records all the differences in a special file called an "installation log file", or "log file" for short.
When you tell Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite to uninstall the application it loads this log file and uses the information it contains to restore everything on your system to the way it was before you installed the application. New files, directories and registry entries are deleted. Changed registry entries are restored to the values they had before you installed the program. If you use the File Backup feature (only available in Expert Mode) you can even restore any original files that were overwritten by the installation of the application.
What Else Can You Do with This Program?
Uninstalling Windows?applications easily and completely isn't the only thing you can do with Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite. This powerful program includes a whole range of other powerful integrated modules with functions that make it an indispensable tool for any Windows?user:
Creative uses for the monitoring and compare functions:
Since Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite can compare and reverse all the changes made to your system between two defined points in time you can do much more with the monitoring and compare functions than just uninstall applications! For example, you can use them to find out where and how programs store their settings - you just need to compare the changes to the files and registry before and after the program does its work.
Or you can use Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite as a safety net when you're experimenting with configuration and registry settings - just save your configuration before making changes, create a log file after making the changes and you can then always revert to the original state if the new settings don't work. The possibilities are endless! (This functionality is only available in Expert Mode!)
- Finding and deleting duplicate files
- Finding and deleting temporary files
- Finding and deleting empty folders
- Managing and deleting fonts
- Deleting your Internet trail
Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite is 100% ready for Windows?XP.
All the functions of all modules are supported in all Windows?versions, including Windows?95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 and XP!
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