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Zsoft Uninstaller - a new challenger for Total Uninstall?

review by ClifNotes, Aug 2006, Permalink


Last week, I posted an old review of TotalUninstall (TUN). I consider TUN a must have utility and it's one of the first programs I load onto a new PC. I've always thought TUN was the best freeware uninstaller, but one of your fellow readers has told me that there is now a contender for the uninstaller crown.


OneSeaman wrote me on August 13th with this tip:

Have you looked at ZSoft Uninstaller? It will also "Analyze" a program, using before and after snapshots, so you can fully uninstall it. It is free and actively under development. http://www.zsoft.dk/.


Thanks Seaman, yes, I see that it's free. It also received fairly good user reviews at Download.com. I decided I just had to try it out.


What's it like? Will I stop using TUN now?

This is a great little program and it does pretty much everything that the author claims it does.


Zsoft TUN
Lists all installed programs Yes No
Lists programs it monitored Yes Yes
Outputs installation log Yes Yes
Options to select monitored registry areas Yes Yes
Options to ignore selected registry areas during monitored install Yes Yes
Tree view of installed registry keys and files No Yes
Easy removal of sections of installation log No Yes


As you can see above, in some ways Zsoft is better than TUN. However, the ability to easily remove sections from my installer log is a feature I cannot live without. I often find log entries related to Internet Explorer, Firefox, Anti-Virus, Firewall, and other apps running during the monitoring process. TUN allows me to easily remove those before I save the log file. TUN also displays them in a convenient tree view so I can find such entries much faster. One more thing, TUN works after using Windows Add/Remove, where Zsoft didn't respond to finish the uninstall process.


It looks to me like Zsoft will work quite well for many people, but if you need an really good free analysis of an install, then TotalUninstall is what you need. Zsoft has a feature that allows you to scan for temp files and remove them. I use a utility called EasyCleaner, that is specially designed for cleaning temp files and the registry, so I don't find as much value in it being in my installation monitor.


If you have never used an installation monitoring program, I can heartily recommend Zsoft. It is simpler, faster, and will do the job for most folks.







Quote from the website

ZSoft Uninstaller 2.3 is the better and easier way to uninstall programs on your computer.

Location and uninstalling a program with ZSoft Uninstaller 2.3 is as easy as clicking a button:


Scroll the list or use the search function

Select the program you want to uninstall and choose uninstall from the menu in the top of the program, or right-click on it and choose uninstall.

ZSoft Uninstaller 2.3 is capable of finding programs that most likely already is uninstalled, but still remains in you registry and allows you to remove the reference. This results in a cleaner registry.


ZSoft Uninstaller 2.3 is superior than the build-in function in Microsoft Windows, among other things it enables you to:



Delete entry's from programs that is no longer installed

Automatically find entry's from programs that are most likely already uninstalled

Hide entries from the list that you are never going to uninstall (Windows updates etc.) making the list smaller and therefore easier to manage.

Automatically find entry's that are considered "crap-ware"

Export the current list to a TXT file

Show more information than available though add/remove

Find and delete temporary files

Analyse an installation so it can be completely uninstalled


See the Zsoft Uninstaller