run it twice, reboot and run again
excellent, free and it works
I was looking for a software to remove a fresh download toolbar in IE 8 on my system running on windows xp. I happened to come across a software called final uninstaller. Although i have got the toolbar removed, there is one more thing that this software has reported. It showed that i have remnants(files & reg keys) of uninstalled software on my machine. I could recall the names of some of those softwares as reported by final uninstaller. However, i didn't want to use final uninstaller to remove these as this software doesn't have a very good reputation.
I have tried glary utilities and auslogics registry cleaner to clean up my pc but still final uninstaller shows that the files are there.
I don't want to keep a number of registry cleaners and junk file tools on my pc so please suggest a software that can achive the following: -
1. Fix and defrag registry
2. Remove remnants of uninstalled software
3. Selective deletion of system restore points
4. Remove toolbars
Also, please note that i haven't used Revo uninstaller just because i don't really understand all the options in it and what they can achive.
I see you have already used Glary's Utilities and Auslogics, neither of which we ever recommend for registry cleaning.
In fact, we do recommend not touching the registry. It does not need defragging, and if your system is working fine it does not need fixing. If you look around in these forms you will see numerous, (far too numerous), posts with cries for help after some registry cleaner or other has trashed a system. Such damage is often terminal and a compete reinstall is all too often the only solution.
The registry does not need fixing. It is a database only and any orphan entries are simply ignored by the OS. Similarly it does not need defragging. Unused entries are ignored and they do not take up any space. The registry file itself is very small in size and is only accessed when needed.
About your other points;
2] Remove remnants of uninstalled software. Once the software is properly uninstalled, then you can go searching the hard drive using Windows Explorer for remnants of folders and files, usually in the Program files folder. Deleting those are fine, but I would always reboot a system after an uninstall anyway as that very action can often 'clean up' remnants.
3] Selective deletion of System Restore points. No such thing I am afraid. You can delete all restore points, or delete all but the latest restore points, but deleting selective restore point backup files is full of difficulty and danger.
4] Remove toolbars. In browsers I either remove or disable the add-on, or right click the toolbar and remove it that way if there is that option. Another way, goto View > Toolbars and remove it from there.
Again, I recommend users stay away from the registry.
I have used Revo Uninstaller for about 2 years and have not had one bit of trouble ,if i am not sure what to delete i open all of the plus signs an go to the last area where it gives you the names of your uninstall. But i don't think they make one where it gets it all ,i can go in the registry and still find 1 or 2 things left over. Since i am not afraid to use the registry i delete that partcilar part that i am uninstalling ,but do not reccommend it if not sure what you are doing.
Don't be afraid to try Revo. I have been using it for a few years with no problems. It can be used in an "expert" mode if you would like, but the basic mode does the job just fine. Plus the price is right [free]! If you are looking for more of a system utility suite to perform multiple tasks, I like system mechanic; it has an easy to use interface and performs several tasks either automatically or manually depending on your settings and always does a restore point prior to any changes in case something doesn't go right. I would imagine all the system utility suites probably do the same, so do some research and decide which one ,if any, suit your needs. The one thing on your list that I don't think any software can do is selectively remove system restore points. If you find one that claims to do so I would be very suspect of its' safety.
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