Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 Review
Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 Review
As a rule ordinary and unexperienced users uninstall applications using an inbuilt Windows utility. Unfortunately, not always this regular method uninstalls programs completely; a lot of traces are left in the system, for example, empty registry entries, invalid shortcuts, unused libraries, and so on. Of course, those unnecessary remnants significantly reduce the speed of the system on the one hand and free space on the hard disk on the other hand.
Fortunately, there are a lot of reliable and advanced applications on the software market that allow you to uninstall and install applications correctly and keep the system clean and free from errors. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 belongs to such kind of programs.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 offers a wide range of tools which ensure the integrity and cleanness of the system. With the help of the program you can completely remove any installed application from the system without leaving any invalid traces on the one hand and install new applications using a special monitoring tool on the other hand which tracks all changes during the installations and helps you to keep your system clean.
As for me I like the interface of Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 very much because everything is easy to use and conveniently grouped into tabs (for those who, unlike me, do not like a tabbed interface the developers have created a quick navigation bar on the right side of the window which provides instant and direct access to the main utilities and tools of the program). The main window of the program is divided into five tabs- Overview, Installations, Log files, Snapshots and Tools.
Overview- this tab includes four tiles which provide quick to the main tools of the program, i.e. here you can uninstall or install applications, create snapshots or activate a special module called Monitoring that helps you to monitor and analyze all new installations.
In addition, in this tab, you have the possibility to get thorough statistics about all installed applications, monitored installations, and some others.
Installations- in this tab you can find a complete list of all installed applications and perform different operations with them, i.e. uninstall or install programs, generate reports, and so on. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 provides you with full info about each program, for example, manufacturer, status, the date of installation, size, rating and installation rate.
Log Files- all programs monitored by Ashampoo Uninstaller 6, i.e. installed with the help of it, can be found in this tab.
Tools- Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 offers a lot of additional tools, for example, utilities for cleaning hard drive, defrag fragmented files, etc. All these tools are collected in this tab.
Snapshots- it contains all created snapshots by the program.
Uninstall and Install- the Installations section is the most important in the program. Here you can perform various operations with installed programs, for example, delete an entry, generate reports, and so on.
Unlike Windows inbuilt utility for uninstalling programs, Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 offers more advanced and safe possibilities. You can use two different uninstallation types- Unlogged (i.e. programs not installed by Ashampoo) and Logged (i.e. programs installed with the help of Ashampoo).
During Unlogged uninstallation Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 allows you to scan for leftover files, folders and registry entries. The Logged uninstallation process is the same. The main advantage of it is that it will uninstall every file and delete registry entries.
With the help of Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 you can not only uninstall programs but also install them. The main advantage of installing programs with the help of Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 is that the program will monitor all changes done to the registry; so you can uninstall installed applications fully without leaving any traces in the registry later. All you need is to select an executable setup file. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 will start monitoring the installation and give you thorough details about any registry modifications. The installation log file will be stored in the program.
Snapshots- a new advanced feature has been added to the program in the 6th version. Now you can create snapshots of the system and then compare these snapshots and view any changes and modifications in the system, for example, modified or deleted files, registry changes and new added files.
Tools- there is no need to say that the main function of the program is to install or uninstall applications effectively and reliably. But the advantage of Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 is that it offers much more and allows you to maintain the system with a wide variety of tools which are conveniently divided into five categories- System maintenance, Administration, File tools, General and Windows tools.
System Maintenance- this section includes four utilities- Drive cleaner, Registry optimizer, Internet cleaner and Defrag 3.
Drive Cleaner- after uninstalling applications, a lot of redundant and unnecessary files are left in the system and greatly reduce the computer performance and speed. With the help of this utility you have the possibility to analyze your system and reliably remove any junk files. After thorough searching, Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 will give you a detailed report about every file, i.e. its type, location and size and if you want to save all found problems and view them later, you can create a report and store it on the computer as a text file.
The program allows you to delete unnecessary temporary files, memory dumps, log files, error reports, file fragments, installer cache, and so on. All you need is to check these files which you want to remove and the program will help you to get rid of them reliably and for good.
In addition, if you want to specify some scanning and removing rules, you can do that in the Settings by defining those types which can be cleaned and files and folders which must be excluded from scanning, and so on.
Registry Optimizer- it is needless to say that everyone wants the computer to work seamlessly and fast but it is not an easy task to achieve that because your system registry must be clean and free from unnecessary and invalid entries. The registry is very sensitive on any changes so you need some advanced skills to modify anything in it.
If you are an unexperienced computer user and cannot clean the Windows registry manually, you can take full advantage of this utility. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 will help you to get rid of redundant registry entries reliably and without any issues. With the help of the program you can remove invalid applications paths and help files, obsolete entries and history lists, references to non-existing shared files and programs, and so on.
In addition, in the Settings you can define those invalid registry entries you want to search and delete and manually specify files that must be excluded from the search.
Internet Cleaner- you do not want anybody to view your online activity? If it is so, you can take full advantage of this utility. Of course, every browser has got an inbuilt tool for clearing the Internet history but with the help of Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 you can manage all installed browsers in one place without opening each browser separately. The program supports all well-known browsers, i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 allows you to delete data in browser cache, cookies, history of visited pages, download history, stored form data, and so on.
In the Settings you have the possibility to specify some elements you do not want to be cleaned or, on the contrary, add elements for deletion.
As a rule, the program deletes all cookies but if you wish not to delete cookies for certain websites that you use very often, you can exclude them by adding to the list of “secure Cookies” websites manually.
Defrag 3- file fragmentation can significantly slow down the computer or laptop but, fortunately, now it is very easy to solve this problem because Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 contains a special advanced utility called Defrag 3 which allows you to get rid of fragmented files on the hard drive quickly and easily.
The program offers three different defragmentation levels- Fast, Normal and Intelligent. The Fast defragmentation method is the quickest; it defragments fragmented files but does not move them while the Intelligent one thoroughly defragments all files and moves them to the original position.
If you do not want to perform defragmentation manually, you can activate so-called Pro-Active Defrag which will carry out defragmentation in the background when the computer is idle and protect the hard drive from further fragmentation.
In addition, you can activate boot time defragmentation, i.e. the defragmentation of the system files.
Administration- this section includes some useful utilities for managing system services; they are as follows:
Service Manager- with the help of this utility you can view and manage all running system services. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 provides you with thorough details about each service, for example, their start type. You have the possibility to activate or deactivate services and rate them online by specifying their usefulness from one to five points.
StartUp Tuner- here you can manage all startup services, i.e. services which are loaded automatically when Windows starts up. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 allows you to delete an unnecessary auto-start entry or, on the contrary, add a new one; edit entries by modifying their command line, and so on.
Font Manager- this utility allows you to view and manage all your installed fonts.
System Restore Manager- all available Windows system restore points are listed here. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 allows you to restore your system to the previous state by using and selecting any of available restore points on the one hand and create a new restore point by specifying its name on the other name.
File Associator- this utility allows you to associate file extensions with any of installed applications by specifying the command line and icon.
File Tools- this section contains four utilities; they are as follows:
File Wiper- if you do not want anybody to restore your files after deletion and use them without your permission, you can take full advantage of this great utility offered by Ashampoo Uninstaller 6. With the help of it you have the possibility to delete your confidential files and folders unrecoverably, i.e. they will not be recovered even with the most advanced applications. All you need is to select files or folders for deletion and click “Destroy”. All files and folders will be deleted permanently.
The program offers four deletion methods- Fast (files will be overwritten only once), Default (files will be overwritten three times), DoD 5220.22-M (files will be overwritten seven times) and Gutmann Method (the most secure and longest method; the program will overwrite files 35 times).
Undeleter- this utility is used to recover accidentally deleted files; simply select drives to search for and after searching, check desired files to restore. That is all. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 will restore all checked files immediately.
Link Checker- with the help of this utility you can search for incorrect and invalid shortcuts and remove them from the system.
Duplicate Finder- you do not understand why your hard disk is full? It is more than probable that you have got a lot of duplicate files and they occupy your hard disk space. Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 offers a special utility called Duplicate Finder which allows you to scan the drive for duplicates and safely delete them.
The program lets you specify some searching and comparing criteria; you have the possibility to specify files to scan and files not to scan, i.e. exclude them from the scan process on the one hand and file matching rules (for example, by name or size, etc.) on the other hand.
General- this section contains one utility, namely, Backup Management. After each registry optimization, Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 creates backups and saves these backups here; so you can always restore them in the event of any problems and get back the previous state of the system.
Windows Tools- this section is simply contains shortcuts to the Windows inbuilt utilities and provides you with quick access to them. From here you can quickly access Windows System Information, action Center and Group Policies.
What is new in Ashampoo Uninstaller 6?
Uninstall nested setups
Log and uninstall web-based installations
Trace any system modifications through snapshots
Enhanced installation monitoring
Uninstall multiple applications in a row
Application ratings by Uninstaller community.
Windows XP- Windows 10
55 MB of free hard disk space.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 is a great application which offers a wide range of possibilities to manage every installed program thoroughly and reliably. Thanks to comprehensive features, now installation-uninstallation process is as easy as ABC and as pleasant as drinking coffee.
In addition, you can take full advantage of a lot of tools offered by Ashampoo Uninstaller 6. You can clean the hard disk and registry, recover accidentally deleted files, and so on.
Ashampoo Uninstaller 6 is an indispensable utility for those who want install and uninstall programs easily and reliably.
Complete uninstallation of any application
Real time monitoring of installed programs with the special monitoring guard
A lot of additional tools for system maintenance.