IObit Uninstaller 5 ships with new tools and other improvements

IOBit Uninstaller is a free program uninstaller for the Windows operating system that scans for leftover files and Registry keys after the removal.

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

iobit uninstaller 5

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

It displays the list of installed programs on start after a quick installation of the program files on the Windows computer.

Note: The company's Advanced SystemCare application will be installed by default unless you uncheck that option during setup. If you don't want it, make sure you disable the option before you proceed with the installation of IOBit Uninstaller.

The application displays all programs by default, and you can use the search that is built-in to find a particular program easily.

You may also use filters on the left to display recently installed programs, large programs, or infrequently used software instead.

Apart from that, you may also click on a column header at any time to sort the table accordingly, for instance by size or install date.

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  and scans the system for leftovers afterwards which it displays then in a prompt. It is up to the user to remove all items shown during the operation or only some of them.

installation leftovers

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.

win manager

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.

If you are running Windows 8 or 10, you may furthermore remove apps, default and user-installed, from the PC using IOBit Uninstaller.

Toolbar & Plug-ins

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.

iobit uninstaller browser toolbars plugins

Please note that you may get programs listed here that you would not necessarily consider toolbars or plugins. For instance, AIMP and Bandizip were listed under the "all" section.

Uninstaller displays user ratings for known items which may help you in the decision making process.


iobit uninstaller tools

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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  1. Ademas August 12, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    Do you prefer this over Revo?

    • Chains The Bounty Hunter August 12, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      If this recognizes 64-bit installations, then it immediately has one plus above Revo.

      • Tom Hawack August 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

        GeekUninstaller handles 64-BIT applications when Revo indeed doesn't. No idea about this IObit Uninstaller.

      • Mystique August 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

        I was under the impression that Revo Pro was able to detect 64bit installations. Am I incorrect or are we simply comparing freeware models here?

      • Tom Hawack August 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

        I think that indeed Revo Pro is able to detect 64bit installations. Pertinent to mention it.
        I see nothing explicit or implicit in this article that would confine the topic to freeware uninstallers.
        I should have precised that the Revo Uninstaller limited to 32-BIT applications is at least its freeware version.

      • Mystique August 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        Thanks for the clarification Tom.
        GeekUninstaller is a rather nice application though, I have considered it in the past due to its light and simple interface however I don't know if it is as thorough as Revo Uninstaller Pro but GeekUninstaller is definitely a good tool to have in ones war chest.

      • Chains The Bounty Hunter August 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

        Sorry, the IObit program has a big "free download" button plastered on it, so I just automatically assumed discussion was limited to the free versions of its alternatives. The pro version of Revo has full 64-bit support but the free has been 32-bit only for quite some time.

  2. Tom Hawack August 12, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    I use an application called GeekUninstaller, available at its dotcom
    IObit Uninstaller may be very nice but generally speaking I favor small apps that do one thing and do it well, as I tend to dislike those apps which add tools and tools and become bloated. The modular approach is heavier to handle but has the advantage of the choice for the (considered as) best for each task. It's like, rather than a harem, Susy for Mondays, Anna for Tuesdays, Nancy for Wednesdays... see what I mean? (It's not funny, it's the Trump effect)

  3. ilev August 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    GeekUninstaller is portable. A big plus.

  4. Pete August 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Shocked! For two reasons:

    1) "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."

    I disagree strongly. I can't even count how many times I have bumped into people on internet seeking help after using these "uninstaller" programs. But if you want to compromise your pc, then go ahead. It's same with "(registry) cleaner" type programs.

    2) With the shitty record of IObit, I'm rather surprised that you review and even suggest using their products.

    • Tom Hawack August 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

      I can understand point 2- I have had myself a bad experience with another of its applications, several years ago, forgot which one. I ignored IObit had a "shitty record" but I have no strong evidence to legitimate the fact your assertion doesn't surprise me.

      Your point 1- on the other hand doesn't meet my experience with uninstallers. Software removed with its own uninstaller has always proven to leave data be it in the Registry as well as in its files, always anyway with heavy applications. Dedicated uninstallers here, up to now, and the ones I've used of course, by having a look at the Registry and and leftover files, left a cleaner system and have never removed what should have remained. Maybe the people you mention have they used bad uninstallers, I'd like to know which ones since there aren't so many on the market.

      Different lives, different software, different experiences.

    • webfork August 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

      From experience, only a few uninstall processes -- save those by open source developers -- make any real effort to really clean up after themselves and leave tons of junk behind that can slow down a system. So something more than a standard uninstall process seems necessary. If you're worried about an uninstaller deleting things it shouldn't, you might look into ZSoft uninstaller, which can monitor what happens during program installation and make a record of it. Then, when you go back and uninstall, it reverses all changes made during installation. It's not perfect but it's my go-to uninstall solution.

      Martin's post on the topic:

  5. jj August 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

    IObit Uninstaller 5 is not yet available as a portable program.
    However IObit Uninstaller Portable is available.

  6. DonGateley August 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    I've used IObit Uninstaller for years and don't understand the negativity. I don't at all like that they have succumbed to the "flat" fad with the 5.0 UI but the new functionality is useful if slow. What I most dislike about IObit in general is that their paid programs are only for yearly licenses for a limited number of machines. I refuse to lease restricted software.

  7. albresc August 13, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Isn't this from China (China again...)?
    JRT (Junk Removal Tool, or just found and removed Iobit Driver Booster from my machine...

  8. Rage August 13, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    I use GeekUninstaller and BCUninstaller. Both are portable and do a good job.


  9. Patrick August 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    "IObit had a "shitty record"

    IOBit Steals Malwarebytes' Intellectual Property

    Malwarebytes vs. IObit fiasco comes to a close

    I personally would never install their c*** on my computer.

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