IObit Uninstall 4 Beta Impressions

Software company IObit has released a public beta version of the next version of the company's software uninstaller introducing several new features and support for uninstalling Windows 8 applications.

When it comes to uninstallation of programs on a Windows device, it is often not enough to run the uninstaller the program shipped with to remove its contents from the system. More often than not, leftovers remain behind either in form of files or directories on the system or as Registry entries.

While that's no reason for immediate concern as that is not harmful in any way to system health, it may waste disk space and reveal information about previously installed programs to other system users or administrators.

IObit Uninstaller is a free program that, like the popular alternative Revo Uninstaller, can not only uninstall programs but also scan the system for leftovers afterwards to make sure that every last bit associated with the uninstalled program is removed from the system in the end.

IObit Uninstaller 4 Review

You can start the program right after download on the system without installation. It will display all installed programs in its interface afterwards and displays an extra tab for toolbars and plugins as well. If you are running Windows 8, you will also get a Wind8 Apps tab on top of that.

Each program is listed with its name and company, size on disk, install date, version, and an operate button to run the uninstallation.

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While it is possible to uninstall a program using the button or right-click menu, it is also possible to simply double-click on its row in the interface to do so.

The uninstaller starts the native removal process first, usually in form of a software uninstaller that shipped with the program itself, and offers to run a scan afterwards to find leftovers. This is optional at first but you can make the choice permanent so that a scan is run automatically after each uninstallation.

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Leftover files or Registry entries that are found during the scan are displayed afterwards in a menu. Here you can go through each item individually to select the ones that you want removed. It is possible to select all items directly for removal, but cautious users may want to go through the list to make sure only matching files get removed.

The leftover scan after the uninstallation of Freemake Music Box did list several Freemake Video Converter folders for instance.

Files can be deleted normally or shredded, which removes them in a way that they cannot be recovery by data recovery software.

A filter at the top of the programs listing allows you to change the sorting of applications, for instance by size or recency, and also display Windows Updates which you can uninstall as well using Uninstaller 4.

Here you can also enable batch uninstall mode which adds check boxes to the interface so that you can select multiple programs for removal at once.

The Toolbars & Plug-ins page lists various plugins and toolbars installed on the system. You can use the filter menu to sort by browser. It is interesting to note that add-ons, at least those for the Firefox browser, are displayed by it as well.

You can select one or multiple programs listed here and click on the removal button afterwards to remove them from the browser they are associated with. There is no option to tell which browser that is unless you filter by browser first.

You will be asked to close any browser still open before the removal request is processed.

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The new Windows 8 App removal feature lists all native Microsoft applications the operating system ships with and all user installed apps. All can be removed in the same way from the system.

One new feature added in version 4 of the program is a quick uninstall option. This works much like silent installations, in that it will suppress most dialogs and confirmation windows of the uninstaller.

The developers have added additional features to the program. You can now open System Restore to find a list of restore points listed here. The program offers to create restore points automatically before any removal operation so that it is possible to undo the removal at a later point in time.


The option to remove Windows 8 apps, regardless of whether installed by Microsoft or the user, is a welcome addition to the application.

The remaining updates improve the program's functionality in several regards to make it more robust or improve the scanning for leftovers.

The beta version can be downloaded directly from this link.

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  1. smaragdus August 7, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    I would never touch anything that comes from IObit. IObit Uninstall version 2 was an acceptable uninstaller while version 3 is junk- it installs LiveUpdate service which runs all the time and it is not removed after IObit Uninstall has been uninstalled. Geek Uninstaller is free, portable and better than most of the commercial uninstallers.

    • Erick August 7, 2014 at 5:53 am #

      Me also. My untrust started with Advanced System Care. After that, I don't use nothing from IOBit.

      • Wayfarer August 9, 2014 at 1:24 am #

        Ditto. Stay away from Iobit, whatever they offer - that's my advice - from bitter experience.

    • LogicDaemon September 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

      Another +1 to that.
      Though I still use Uninstall v2 batch mode with self-written script which click OK for me in uninstallers.

  2. Daniel August 7, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Ha! Never heard of Geek Uninstaller but will investigate.

    Funny thing about the other major contender (Revo Uninstaller free version), it doesn't see Microsoft Security Essentials! So i can't even uninstall this program unless i go to the default Windows uninstaller.

    Always have lingering doubts about Iobit.

    • smaragdus August 7, 2014 at 2:57 am #

      Geek Uninstaller -

      Geek Uninstaller runs fine on both x32 and x64 systems an in contrast with the free version of Revo Uninstaller it can uninstall x64 programs too. It is very light on system resources.

      By the way at the download section of Geek Uninstaller's web-site you will see a 'Pro' version- don't be fooled, Geek Uninstaller is free and has only a free version, the so-called 'Pro' version is an advertisement for a third-party commercial uninstaller (Uninstall Tool).

      • intelligencia August 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm #


        Just downloaded the Free version of Geek Uninstaller . . . thanks for the advisory regarding the so-called "Pro" version of same!
        (SEE! This is what I love about the Tech Crew - - Looking out for each other . . . and much of the credit goes to Mr. Brinkmann himself!)

        Good Day, Everyone!


  3. mike1354 August 7, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Anything IObit. puts out is pure use at your own risk,Untrustworthy to the max..period!

  4. Robert Palmar August 7, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    I have had excellent results with IObit Uninstaller 3.
    I prefer it to Revo at the moment, apart from its
    insidious LIveUpdate which Martin gave a
    great description on how to remove:

  5. onedeafeye August 7, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I have both Geek Uninstaller and Revo Free Uninstaller. The latter will only do x86 programs (which may be why it doesn't see MSE?), while Geek will do x64 as well. But Revo seems to find more files for removal after the uninstall. Maybe that's not quite as safe, I don't know. I've never had any trouble with either. Both are portable on my computer.

  6. batman August 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I've tried all of them over the years, winner by a mile is total uninstall.

  7. Straspey August 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    From Computerworld:

    November 02, 2009

    IObit accused of stealing from Malwarebytes
    By Michael Horowitz

    Marcin Kleczynski is the President and CEO of Malwarebytes, the company behind the popular anti-malware program. In a forum posting on their website, Kleczynski today accused IObit of stealing their software.

    He writes:

    "Malwarebytes has recently uncovered evidence that a company called IOBit based in China is stealing and incorporating our proprietary database and intellectual property into their software. We know this will sound hard to believe, because it was hard for us to believe at first too. But after an in-depth investigation, we became convinced it was true ... They are using both our database and our database format exactly."

    Just Google something like -- Iobit steals Malwarebytes and see what you come up with.

    The last time I made the mistake of installing this program, I began receiving five-inch, bright-red banner pop-ups in my task bar urging me to try some of their other programs. Never again!

    Also -

    Geek Uninstaller is safe, reliable and really the best free comprehensive third-party uninstaller available right now, IMHO.

  8. unyk August 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    I hope martin has no association with these people, because i remember him reviewing driver booster from the same company.

  9. Paul(us) August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Martin, Revo has not updated his program for more than a year.
    Do you no or there is any movement at all, or maybe even a new version in sight?

  10. davo August 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Iobit seem a bit sneaky, after downloading you double click on it and it "appears" to run in portable mode. Seems to run ok. When you exit you realise it's installed itself, there's a shortcut on your desktop and your context menu has been modified - all without asking or telling you.
    Very very underhand, what else has it done?

  11. slosuenos August 8, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    After installing this, and rebooting I notice an IOBIT Uninstall monitor process running. Its not loading via the normal auto startup places. There was no mention of this during the installation, and while I understand what its probable function is, I don't like it...

  12. marius t August 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Iobi Uninstaller is great stop "spamming" about otherwise a good free program!

  13. LeeD August 21, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    I used to use Iobit Uninstaller to do a forced uninstall of programs that dont appear in the Control Panel -or in Revo Uninstaller - until that is I found that Iobit Uninstaller wasnt doing the forced uninstalls. It didnt do the job. So I downloaded Uninstaller by Puran which really does do forced uninstalls. Puran Uninstaller just works! Now I can uninstall anything. I dont trust anything by Iobit.

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