IObit Uninstaller 5 ships with new tools and other improvements

When it comes to the removal of software programs on a machine running Windows, it is often better to use dedicated uninstall tools than the default uninstaller that ships with the software.

Most third-party solutions scan for leftovers on the system after the default removal tool has run its course to make sure no traces of a software remain on it.

They usually do offer other benefits, such as the removal of software that cannot be uninstalled using the default removal tool.

IObit Uninstaller is a long standing program for the job and it has just been released as version 5.

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It displays the list of installed programs on start after a quick installation of the program files on the Windows computer. You may filter the list by recently installed, large programs or software that is used infrequently.

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You may select one or multiple items from the list to have them removed from the system in a single operation.

IOBit Uninstaller runs the native removal tool of selected programs first before it scans the system for leftovers files or Registry entries.

The program creates a system restore point prior to removal activities, runs the regular uninstallers first and scans the system for leftovers afterwards.

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You may shred those for extra security (which makes them unrecoverable through normal means), and select none, some or all items for removal.

What’s new in IObit Uninstaller 5

The new Win Manager lists startup items, processes and Windows Updates that you can control using the program.

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Startup items and processes may be disabled/terminated, and uninstalled right away. The manager displays only non-Windows processes and startup items. Windows updates may be uninstalled as well.

The toolbar and plug-in module of the program has been improved in the new release. A click on a supported web browser lists all extensions, plug-ins and injected programs, and provides options to remove select ones right from the list.

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The Tools menu finally lists four utilities related to software removals:

  1. Cleanup residual scans the system for invalid shortcuts, cleans the Windows patch cache and the download folder.
  2. Uninstall history lists all programs removed by IObit Uninstaller and provides access to a removal log.
  3. File Shredder to delete files permanently.
  4. Windows Tools offers quick access to core Windows management tools such as Services, Task Scheduler or Registry.

Another change is full support for Windows 10 including support for removing default system applications. This did not work properly during tests though. When I ran IObit Uninstaller 5 on a Windows 10 system, no applications were listed under all programs or anywhere else in the program interface.


IObit Uninstaller 5 is an improvement over version 4. While it does not introduce new big features, it improves the program’s core functionality in several ways and adds new tools to it that some users may find useful.

If you have use a previous version you will certainly like the new one.


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