IObit Uninstaller is a pro-grade and free-to-use tool specialized in removing installed software. The main difference between it and the Windows classical "Add or Remove Programs" is that IObit intends to eliminate any leftover components that may remain on the disk after uninstallation, whether we are talking about files, empty folders, or invalid registry entries.
Pay attention at setup
Before diving into the utility's features, you should know there's a small trick at installation. IObit is set by default to install another piece of software made by the same developer (Advanced SystemCare). So, unless you want to try it, deselect the option to make a clean installation.
Otherwise, you can try the portable counterpart (IObit Uninstaller Portable) to skip the installation process. The inconvenience is that it doesn't get updated as quickly as the installer version.
Remove programs, Windows updates, Windows 8 apps, and browser modules
Aside from applications, IObit sports a separate function for inspecting and removing toolbars and plugins from web browsers, offering support for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It can uninstall faulty Windows Updates too.
Windows 8 users will notice a third pane dedicated to removing Windows apps. There's also a batch uninstall option that basically permits you to select multiple programs to swiftly eliminate them.
How it works with or without user intervention
The tool creates a system restore point as a backup measure, runs the default uninstaller of a program, scans the computer for leftover files and entries, and deletes them. However, apart from the default uninstaller, all these steps and file shredding are optional.
Worth mentioning is that, for some applications, IObit lists a "Quick install" option. This means that it won't pop up any panels for user confirmation when proceeding with their removal. It's also equipped with a "Forced Uninstaller" feature designed for removing otherwise stubborn software components, and for identifying the source of a file or folder.
Overall, a terrific uninstaller for free
These were the highlight features of this programs uninstaller. IObit Uninstaller combines professional options in an attractive, well-organized and highly intuitive interface made for casual and power users alike (while keeping in mind that it's free). Tasks are carried out rapidly while CPU and RAM consumption remains minimal.
For more information, make sure to check out our in-depth review for IObit Uninstaller 4.
Also available: IObit Uninstaller Portable