Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 Review
Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 Review
The built in Windows tool for adding and removing programs cannot completely uninstall an application and often leaves a lot of unnecessary files or invalid entries which clutter up a hard disk and the system registry. But, fortunately, there are plenty of programs that can help an inexperienced user thoroughly and safely remove unwanted applications by cleaning up these traces. Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 is definitely one of those programs. It offers a wide range of tools for the correct and safe installation or uninstallation of any program. It tracks and records all the changes which an application makes during the installation/uninstallation process. Moreover Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 is not only a simple uninstaller; it has a lot of other useful and necessary tools ranging from disk defragmentation to finding duplicate files
The installation process is the same as many other typical software installations. Simply select the language for installation, agree with the EULA (End User License Agreement), create a desktop shortcut; that’s all-the program is installed and ready for use. The trial version is fully functional for 10 days but you can extend it with a trial key.
The interface of the program is very attractive. It consists of four main tabs: Overview, Installations, Log Files and Tools. In the Overview window you can see all the functions of the program which can also be found in the other sections so we will not go into details about it here.
The Installations section is the most important part of the program. Here you can perform various operations with installed programs. It consists of five tabs: Uninstall, Install, Delete Entry, Export and Groups. In the main window there are entries for all of the installed programs along with detailed information about the manufacturer, status, install date and size. You can export those details and save them simply by clicking on the Export button. If you are not satisfied with the default alphabetical order of the installed applications you can create your own groups, for example, Office, Games, Utilities, etc. and arrange them at your convenience. Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 uses two different methods of uninstallation- Not Logged (for programs that were installed without the help of Ashampoo monitoring) and Logged (for programs installed with the help of Ashampoo monitoring). You can see that status in the program entry. For an unlogged uninstallation you will not be shown detailed information about files or registry entries but you can customize some basic settings, for example, silently run the original installer and scan for leftover files, folders and registry entries. Logged uninstallation, on the other hand, will provide you with those details. It is a safer method because all the registry keys and leftover files and folders will be deleted.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 can not only uninstall applications but also install them using a special monitoring tool. In order to install a new application you should select an executable setup file from within the program or simply drag it onto the target area and click Install. During the installation process you can view details such as time elapsed, file writes and registry modifications. Detailed information about the installed application will be saved as a log file (the name of the application, uninstallation key, installation duration, registry values, files, total size and registry keys). You can export a list of file and registry changes to a .txt or .reg file and save them for future reference. The program has an excellent additional feature called Import. If you are using the previous, fourth, version of Ashampoo Uninstaller you can easily import installations logs into Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 before its uninstallation.
The Tools section contains twelve tools for system maintenance, administration and files. System maintenance has four tools- Drive cleaner (delete temporary files, history, memory dumps, log files, error reports and file fragments. Additionally you can configure settings by clicking on the Options button, for example, define file types that should be cleaned during the scan or exclude certain files and folders from the scan. All results can be saved in a text file);
Registry optimizer (optimize, clean and repair the Windows registry- File formats; COM, OLE and ActiveX; Shared files, System sounds, Application paths, Start menu. In the Options menu you are able to adjust orphaned registry elements that will be deleted during cleaning or added to an exception list);
Internet cleaner (clean data in the browser cache, cookies, history of visited pages, download history and stored form data. The program supports all well-known and popular browsers-Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer. In the Options menu you can exclude certain Internet sites for which cookies should not be deleted); and Defrag 3 (Defragment your disks and speed up your operating system. The program supports Pro-Active Defrag to prevent disk fragmentation in the future. The version of the tool included with Uninstaller 5 has very limited and basic capabilities. You can find some more advanced features in Ashampoo Magical Defrag 3.
The Administration section of the program has four tools- Service Manager (get detailed information about running services, deactivate unnecessary services, manage and even rate them), Startup Tuner (view information about all the startup programs. You can modify, edit, delete or even add a new startup program entry to the list), Font Manager (view all available fonts on your system and delete unwanted ones) and System Restore Manager (manage system restore points; create, restore and delete them). The File Tools section has four file management tools- File Wiper (protect your privacy and permanently erase all the files and folders that contain confidential and sensitive information to make them unrecoverable for undelete utilities. The program has four different methods for file deletion: Fast (all files and folders will be filled with random data in one pass), Default (three-pass method), DoD 5220.22-M (seven-pass method) and Gutman method (35 passes; the most secure method); Undeleter (easily recover accidentally deleted files and folders); Link Checker (search for invalid shortcuts and safely delete them); Duplicate Finder (search for duplicate files and remove unnecessary ones. The program supports a lot of different audio, video and graphic file formats-AVI, MP3, MPEG, WAV, etc. In the option menu you can customize search settings, for example, exclude some files and folders from the scan). General contains two features- Backup Management and Options (here you can customize the program settings such as saved backup management and basic features such as the program skin, language, password, etc.; the program has three skins-Default, Corky Pinboard and Dark; Ashampoo Uninstaller 5 is available in thirty five languages- English, German, Russian, Italian, etc.); The fifth section, Windows Tools, has three tools- System Information (it provides information about the system, installed hardware and software), Action Center ( simply opens Windows action center), Group Policies (view and adjust group policies).
The program can be downloaded from the official site.
It is about 20Mb, after installation it takes 55Mb of hard disk space.
The system requirements are as follows:
1) Windows XP-Windows 8/8.1 (32/64bit)
2) 55Mb of free hard disk space.
It is available in thirty five languages. The current version is 5.04.00.
1. Complete and correct uninstallation of applications
2. Full registry cleanup and defragmentation
3. Hard drive defragmentation
4. Real time monitoring of installed programs with the special monitoring guard
5. File shredder for permanent deletion (wiping) of sensitive data
6. Possibility to recover accidentally deleted files
7. Supports a huge number of languages
You cannot monitor the program that was installed without the help of Ashampoo Uninstaller.