Revo Uninstaller Pro Online User's Manual

3. Uninstaller

3.1 All Programs

When Revo Uninstaller Pro is started, its main window shows installed programs on your computer. Depending on the settings, other items, such as system updates or system components may be listed also. Depending on the view setting, programs are shown as Icons, List, and with Details such as Name, Size, Version, Type, Installation Date, Company, Comment, Uninstall String, Registry Key and Website.

Screenshot of Revo Uninstaller Pro interface

By default, installed programs are shown in Icons view and when you select a program in the Description Panel, some of the properties of the program, like: Icon, Size, Version, Install Data, Company, Update Link and Web Site, are shown below. Similar data you may also see when you hover the mouse cursor over a program in the list. In that case the data is shown as Tooltip, next to the mouse cursor.

In Details view you can right-mouse click on the column header and show or hide some of the columns. This way you can also choose what to print. Printing works only in Details view and that is why it is better to setup printing as Landscape view – to see much more info in one page.

By default Revo Uninstaller Pro shows programs in Icons view in two groups:

  • New programs – programs installed last 7 days (the number of the days can be changed from the options) or since the last run of the uninstaller;
  • Other Programs – all programs that are installed before last 7 days, or before the last run of the uninstaller.

You can assign each program to a group by using the context menu, shown on right-mouse click on a program. Removing a program from a group is also possible from the context menu. Default groups are Internet, Games, Multimedia and Utilities. Additional groups can be added from the options - Groups Manager - or directly from: Context menu -> Add to Group -> Add new group

The selected item (with a right-mouse click on it) will be moved to the newly added group automatically.

Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name, publisher or comment. When you type some text in the Search field, right below you will see the number of found programs that match the search criteria.

Revo Uninstaller Pro has a command to export installed programs to HTML, TXT and XLS (Microsoft Excel table). To use the command go to Main menu -> File -> Export to

You can choose which details you can export.

Some other commands available from the context menu are:

  • Search at Google for – Use it to search with Google for the application name, or the publisher of the application. This command will open your default web browser and display the results of the search;
  • Open About Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address containing information about the application;
  • Open Help Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address containing help information;
  • Open Update Link – This command will open your default web browser and load the address providing update information;
  • Install Location – Opens Windows Explorer, so you can see where the selected application is installed;
  • Open Registry Key – Opens the Registry editor (RegEdit.exe) and displays the Registry key containing the uninstall information of the selected application;
  • Add/Edit Comment – Opens a window to add a comment about the program or edit the comment if such already exists. The comment is visible in Details view;
  • Change Icon – Opens a window to select a new icon for the program shown in the list. You can search for an icon in any EXE or DLL file.

In some cases, when a program from the list is selected, depending on the installer of that program, you may see on the Commands toolbar the command Change or Repair. That command is only shown when the installer of the program supports such functionality. Executing it will open a window, letting you change the modules of the installed program or repair its installation in case it does not work properly.

3.1.1 Uninstall

The main command you can use on the list of installed programs is Uninstall. Selecting a program and pressing Uninstall toolbar button will show up the Uninstall Wizard.

Firstly, in background, Revo Uninstaller Pro will try to find a matching traced log or logs to the program you are uninstalling. It searches among the logs you have traced or imported and the logs in the Logs Database. If there is more than one log related to the program for uninstall, or you have a log, but it is for a previous version of the program you are trying to uninstall, you will see a window asking you if you want to use found log(s) during the uninstall procedure. Otherwise, if there is an appropriate log and Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to use it, you will be notified on the second step of the Uninstall Wizard, during the analyzing of the initial data.

After the Uninstall Wizard is shown Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to create a system restore point and a full Registry backup (if it is not disabled in Options) and then Revo Uninstaller Pro is going to run the built-in uninstaller of the uninstalled program. After you have finished uninstallation with the built-in uninstaller, you have to press Scan button to continue the uninstall process with Revo Uninstaller Pro.

You can choose the scanning mode before the scan:

  • Safe - performs a scan in the Registry and the hard drive to find leftover items that are safe to delete. This is the fastest mode;
  • Moderate - includes the Safe mode and performs an extended scan to find all of the application's leftover information in the most common places of the Registry and the hard drive;
  • Advanced - includes the Moderate mode and performs a deep and thorough scan to find all of the application's leftover information in the Registry and on the hard drive. This is the slowest mode.

Pressing Scan button will trigger scanning for leftovers and the results (if any) will show up automatically. Revo Uninstaller Pro shows found leftover Registry items first. Registry keys and values found as created by the uninstalled program are in bold. Not bold keys are considered as not created by the uninstalled program.You can also check mark them but they will not be deleted! They have check mark options just because it is easier to select the top parent and automatically check mark its sub items – no need to go through all of them and check mark them separately,so, whatever you check mark, when you press Delete button only check marked bold items are going to be deleted, even when Select All button is used.


Deleted Registry items are backed up, so if you need them later you can restore them using the Backup Manager.

Revo Uninstaller Pro contains advanced algorithms to find leftovers related only to the uninstalled program. In some cases these algorithms, especially in Advanced uninstall mode, could list some items related to another program. It could happen, but NOT necessarily (not always), when you have installed two or more versions of a program, for example "Adobe Photoshop CS" and "Adobe Photoshop CS5". In this case the user can distinguish the leftovers. It also could happen if you want to uninstall only a component of a big software package (i.e. a component of Microsoft Office). In that case Revo Uninstaller Pro could list the rest of the components as leftovers, because they are installed in the same folder and Revo Uninstaller Pro cannot distinguish them (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc). It is better to use Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove the whole software package instead of a component.

Revo Uninstaller Pro also includes safety algorithms and will NOT list some leftovers if it decides that deleting them can harm your system. Therefore, although it does a better job than Windows Add or Remove Programs application and the built-in uninstaller of the application you want to uninstall, it still may miss something due to safety and the uninstall mode you choose - Safe, Moderate and Advanced.

In Revo Uninstaller Pro we have implemented a lot of protections to make it safer and secure, while trying to maximize its accuracy in searching for leftovers.

Basically you can easily distinguish the leftovers (by name, by install path) and in most of the cases Select All button could be safely used. There are GUIDs and CLSIDs (alphanumeric items) which are correct leftovers in 99% of the cases, so you can safely delete them.

Note that Revo Uninstaller Pro creates a Windows System Restore Point, full Registry backup and backs up every item you delete.

There is also a context menu, which you can see by right-mouse clicking on the leftover items:

  • Expand All – expands all items of the shown Registry tree – by default it is expanded so you may not see any difference first time you use this command;
  • Collapse All – collapses all items of the shown Registry tree;
  • Export All – export shown leftover data to HTML file;
  • Expand selected key – expands only the selected key and its sub items;
  • Collapse selected key – collapses the selected key and its sub items;
  • Uninstall selected key – deletes the key from the system;
  • Mark selected key as Created – marks selected key as created by the program you are uninstalling. This feature is useful when you see a Registry key which you are sure is created by the program, but not marked as created because of the safety algorithms in Revo Uninstaller Pro;

    Warning: Be very careful using this command. Mark the key only if you are sure that it belongs to the uninstalled program!

  • Add to Exclude List – adds the selected key to the exclude list, which protects the key from deletion. Excluded keys have red color and you can edit the exclude list from options in Revo Uninstaller Pro;
  • Open Registry Key… - open the selected Registry key in Windows Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).

After finishing removal of the Registry leftovers you can press Next button and continue with the file and folder leftovers. Note that Next button may not be available if there are no other leftovers found.


Revo Uninstaller Pro shows you found leftover files and folders so you can check the results and delete them. You can see the number of leftover files and folders found.

Deleted files and folders are moved to the Recycle Bin by default, so you can recover them from there. You can change that option from Options -> All Programs.

There is a context menu, which you can use by right mouse-click on a file of folder:

  • Open – command on the context menu which acts the same way if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on nothing will happen;
  • Properties ­– command on the context menu, which acts the same way if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification etc;
  • Open Containing Folder – opens the folder that contains selected item in Windows Explorer;
  • Export – exports the list of found leftover files and folders to a HTML file.
  • You can use Select All button to select all found leftover files and folders at once and then use Delete button to delete them.

3.1.2 Quick Uninstall

Another way to uninstall a program, or a few programs at once, is to use the Quick Uninstall command. To use it you have to select one or more programs from the list of installed programs and press the Quick Uninstall button from the Commands toolbar. That command will open a window and start the uninstallation of the program(s).


The sequence of actions is similar to the regular Uninstall command of Revo Uninstaller Pro, but when it comes to the step where you have to review and delete the leftovers, the Quick Uninstall operation automatically deletes the leftovers, reporting to you the number of deleted leftovers; in case you have selected more than one program for uninstall, the uninstallation of the next selected program is automatically started. However, the system restore point and the Registry backup are not done again, as it is not necessary, because they were done at the beginning.

Again, by default, all deleted Registry entries are backed up and any found leftover files and folders are deleted to the Recycle Bin.

3.2 Traced Programs

Traced Programs module of the uninstaller shows all logs of installations traced using Revo Uninstaller Pro.

To trace a program with Revo Uninstaller Pro you can right-mouse click on its installation (setup) package file and select Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro or press Install Programs button on the main toolbar. More details are available at section 3.4 in the user's guide.

Depending on the view setting, logs are shown as Icons, List, and with Details such as Name, Size, Creation Date, Registry items, Files and Folders, Comment, and Import status


By default, created logs are shown in Icons view and when you select a log in the Description Panel some of the properties of the log like: Icon, Size, Date, Registry items and Files and Folders, are shown below. Similar data you may also see when you hover the mouse cursor over a log in the list. In that case the data is shown as Tooltip, next to the mouse cursor.

Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name or comment. When you type some text in the Search field, just below you will see the number of found programs, matching the search criteria.

All logs are grouped in two default groups – New Programs and Other Programs. Total number of logs is shown on the status bar.

You can assign each log to a group by using the context menu, shown on right-mouse click on a log. Removing a log from a group is also possible from the context menu. Default groups are Internet, Games, Multimedia and Utilities. Additional groups can be added from the options - Groups Manager - or directly from: Context menu -> Add to Group -> Add new group

The selected item (with a right-mouse click on it) will be moved to the newly added group automatically.

Some other commands available from the context menu are:

  • Export Log - Export the files of the log and make them ready for import;
  • Delete Log - Deletes the log from the list and all data in the log, but the logged program is untouched;
  • Add/Edit Comment - Opens a window to add a comment about the log or edit the comment if such already exists. The comment is visible in Details view;
  • Change Icon - Opens a window to select a new icon for the program shown in the list. You can search for an icon any EXE or DLL file;
  • Rename Log - Lets you to change the name of the log in the list;
  • Edit Log - Open a window allowing you to change all data of the log. For more information check section 3.2.4;
  • Remove from Group - Removes selected log(s) from its current group.

Settings of the module are located at Options -> Traced Programs. Available commands to work with the logs are:

3.2.1 Traced Programs

Uninstallation of a logged program reverts all changes made to the system during its installation the way they are logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro. This process includes changes to the Windows Registry, files and folders.

After executing the command uninstalling of Registry items, files and folders begins and you can see the progress of the process.


The window closes automatically when it completes. By default all changed Registry items are backed up. If you want to back up the uninstallation of files and folders you have to set the option in Options -> Uninstaller

3.2.2 Custom Uninstall

Custom uninstall of logged program allows you to select which changes, made to the system during the install of the program, you want to revert. After executing the command, the uninstall wizard, with just one or two steps, depending on the items that the log consist of, shows up. A tree structure shows all logged (if any) Registry items in the first step of the uninstall wizard. The wizard has two windows – the left one shows the tree of the Registry keys, and the right one shows the list of the values. There are two counters in the lower part of the window. They show the numbers of logged keys and values of the program.

When you click on a key in the tree, if it has any logged values, they are shown in the list. The different colors and fonts of items are giving more information about the items like:

  • Bold item – logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro as created by the installed program
  • Red item – the item is excluded from the process of uninstall (the list of excluded items is shown in the Options->Uninstaller->Traced Programs->Registry tab)
  • Grayed item – the item does not exist in the system at the moment

You have to check mark items that you want to uninstall. If you want to uninstall all of them you can use the Select All button to check mark them all. But, whatever you have marked, only bold checked mark items will be uninstalled.

To start the uninstall process, press Uninstall button, and you will see the progress of the operation.

There are some commands available from the context menu of the tree:

  • Expand All – expands the whole tree so the whole hierarchy of keys is visible;
  • Collapse All – collapses the whole tree making “My Computer” the only visible item;
  • Export All – export shown leftover data to HTML file;
  • Expand selected key – expands only the current key making all its sub items visible;
  • Collapse selected key – collapses only the current key making its sub items invisible;
  • Uninstall selected key – uninstalls the selected key. The command is executed no matter if the key is check marked or not;
  • Mark selected key as Created – marks the selected key as if it is created by the program so it will be removed during the process of uninstall;

    Warning: Be very careful using this command. Mark the key only if you are sure that it belongs to the logged program!

  • Add to Exclude List – Adds the full path of the current Registry key to the exclude list, thus protecting it from manipulations during the uninstall;
  • Open Registry Key – Opens current key in the Windows Registry Editor.

There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of values:

  • Uninstall selected values – uninstalls the selected values. To select more than one value you can hold left mouse button and press Ctrl key from the keyboard to select random values or Shift key to select a group of values;
  • Open Parent Registry key – opens the key owner of a selected value in the Windows Registry Editor.

If there are any files and folders in the log you can press the Next button of the wizard and you will see the list of logged files and folders. In the lower part of the window there are two counters that show the numbers of files and folders of the program that are logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro. There is also an option to rename the items that have existed before the install of the program and have been renamed during the installation. This option is: Execute Rename operations of previously existing on the system files and folders.


If you want to uninstall some files and folders, you have to check mark some existing file or folders or use the Select All button to check all existing items and uninstall them pressing the Uninstall button.

There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of files and folders:

  • Open – command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on nothing will happen;
  • Properties ­– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification, etc.;
  • Open Containing Folder – opens the folder, containing the selected item in Windows Explorer.

3.2.3 Advanced Uninstall

While the uninstall of a log is proceeding, Revo Uninstaller Pro may recognize, that there is some data, that may be related to the uninstalled program, but was not deleted, because it was not logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro during the installation of the program. In that case you will see a window with Advanced Uninstall button. The Advanced Uninstall feature lets you review and delete the data, Revo Uninstaller Pro suggests to be related to the program you are trying to uninstall. If you want to review and eventually delete it, press the Advanced Uninstall button. This action will start the Advanced Uninstall wizard, which may consist of two steps. First one shows possibly related to the uninstalled program keys and values, existing in the Registry, and the second one - possible related files and folders on your hard drive(s).

Warning: before deleting data using “Advanced Uninstall” feature, be sure that it is related to the uninstalled program or it is created by that program

If there are possibly related to the uninstalled program Registry items you will see the first step of the wizard - tree with Registry items you can uninstall. When you click on a key in the tree its values, if any, are shown in the list. The font property of items is used to give more information about the items. Such information is:

  • Bold item – treated by Revo Uninstaller Pro as related to the uninstalled program
  • Red item – the item is excluded from the process of uninstall (the list of excluded items is shown in the Options->Uninstaller->Traced Programs->Registry tab)

You have to check mark items the items you want to uninstall. If you want to uninstall all of them you can use the Select All button to check mark them all. Whatever you have marked, only bold checked mark items will be uninstalled.

To start the uninstall operation press Uninstall button and you will see the progress of the operation.

There are several commands available from the context menu of the tree:

  • Expand All – expands the whole tree, so the entire hierarchy of keys is visible;
  • Collapse All – collapses the whole tree making “My Computer” the only visible item;
  • Expand selected key – expands only the current key making all its sub items visible;
  • Collapse selected key – collapses only the current key making its sub items invisible;
  • Uninstall selected key – uninstalls the selected key. The command is executed no matter if the key is check marked or not;
  • Mark selected key as Created – marks the selected key as if it is created by the program so it will be removed during the process of uninstall;

    Warning: Be very careful using this command. Mark the key only if you are sure that it belongs to the logged program but because by one reason or another is not logged by Revo Uninstaller Pro!

  • Add to Exclude List – Adds the full path of the current Registry key to the exclude list, therefore protecting it from manipulations during the uninstall;
  • Open Registry Key – Opens the current key in the Windows Registry Editor.

There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of values:

  • Uninstall selected values – uninstalls the selected values. To select more than one value you can hold left mouse button and press Ctrl key from the keyboard to select random values or Shift key to select group of values;
  • Open Parent Registry key – opens the key owner of selected value in the Windows Registry Editor.

To see possibly related files and folders on your hard drive(s) you can press the Next button of the wizard and you will see the list of files and folders. In the lower part of the window there are two counters that show the numbers of shown files and folders. If you want to uninstall some files and folders you have to check mark them or use Select All button to check all existing items and then uninstall them pressing Uninstall button.

There are two commands available from the context menu of the list of file and folders:

  • Open – command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that, if there is no file association for the file you click on, nothing will happen;
  • Properties ­– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification, etc.;
  • Open Containing Folder – opens the folder, containing the selected item in Windows Explorer.

3.2.4 Manage

The Manage drop down button has few possible commands concerning the log

  • Export Log - opens a window to select a path and a name of the exported log file you want to create. It exports the selected logs file and data in a single file in “.ruel” format - Revo Uninstaller Pro’s own file format for exported logs, so, it is easy to share the log's data and import it in Revo Uninstaller Pro, for example, on another computer. For example, if you have problems uninstalling Program A or just want to do a better uninstall of Program A and a friend of yours has installed and traced the same program and has a log, he can just export the log and send it to you. You can import it and use it to uninstall the program just as if you have traced it yourself.
  • Import Log - This command opens a window to select a .ruel file for import. It imports the data from the exported - .ruel file to the local storage of logs of Revo Uninstaller Pro, so, after an import operation, a log with the same name as the imported file will appear in your list of Traced Programs and you can operate the log as if it is made by you and you have traced the installation of that programs yourself.

    An alternative way to import an exported log file is to double click on it in your file manager, during which Revo Uninstaller Pro must be closed.

  • Edit Log - Opens a window that lets you review and edit any aspect of the data stored in a log. The opened window has 3 tabs - Properties, Registry Items and Files and Folders.
  • Properties - From this tab you can review and edit some common information of the log. You can change the Name, Icon, Author or the Comment of the log. Other listed fields are read, but they can be automatically changed if you modify other sections of the log.
  • Registry Items - From this tab you can review and modify the logged Registry changes of the current log. A tree structure shows all logged (if any) Registry items in a window divided by two parts – the left one shows the tree of the Registry keys and the right one shows the list of the values. When you click on a key in the tree its values, if any, are shown in the list. The context menu commands and the meaning of the colored or bold items in the tree and list are the same as described in the Custom Uninstall section 3.2.1. All the modifications can be made using the commands from the toolbar of the top of the Edit window. Here are the commands:
    • Add Value/Key - To add a key or a value to the log, first you have to select a key from the tree that will be the parent of the newly added item. Then, in the opened window you have to enter the name and to select the operation;
    • Modify - First you have to select the key or value you want to modify. Then, executing the command, you can modify the name or the operation of the item;
    • Delete - Executing this command will delete selected Registry item from the log only (not uninstall);
    • Export to HTML - Exports the data from the opened tab to a HTML file.
    • Files and Folders - From this tab you can review and modify files and folders operation of the current log. A list shows all traced operations. The context menu commands are the same as the described for the Files and Folders page of the wizard in the Custom Uninstall section 3.2.1. All the modifications can be made using the commands from the toolbar of the top of the Edit window. Here are the commands
      • Add File/Folder - Executing the command you see a window where you have to enter the full path of the item (or select it from your hard drive using the Browse button) and to select the operation;
      • Modify - First you have to select the file or folder you want to modify. By executing the command you can modify the name or the operation of the item
      • Delete - Executing the command will delete selected item from the log only (not uninstall);
      • Export to HTML - Exports the data from the opened tab to a HTML file.

3.3 Logs Database

This is a database of logs of traced programs through the monitoring module of Revo Uninstaller Pro made and managed by Revo Uninstaller Pro's team. Those logs are stored on our web server and you can easily (with just one click) use them to uninstall programs or to uninstall leftovers of already uninstalled program.

Using a log from the Logs Database is the same as if you have made the log and traced the program yourself. Therefore, even installing Revo Uninstaller Pro on a fully loaded computer with a lot of installed programs, you can take advantage of the possibility for better and complete uninstall using the logs from the Logs Database, as you only have to search for the program you want to uninstall and select Uninstall command.

You can open the Logs Database from the toolbar button while you are in All Programs or Traced Programs module or from the main menu - Modules submenu

When you open the Logs Database, you will see by default a list of logs compatible to your Windows version. In the status bar you see:

  • on the left side the number of the listed logs after they are filtered;
  • on the right side the number of all the logs in the database.

The database is automatically updated by default.


Using the Search field in the upper part of the main window, you can filter the list of the programs by name. On the right side of the Search field there are two additional options that filter the list:

  • Show only logs compatible with your Windows version­ - when it is checked that option filters the logs from the list to the ones that are compatible to your Windows version only.
  • Show only XX-bit logs - where XX is 32-bit or 64- bit depending on your Windows version. When checked, that option filters the logs from the list to the ones that are made on the same type Windows version only.

In the Logs Database you have only two basic commands - Uninstall and Custom Uninstall. When you select a program from the list and afterwards select any of the commands, its log is first downloaded, then imported to your own logs and then the command is executed as if it is your own log.

  • Uninstall - Executing this command uninstalls the program you have selected from the list using the log from the Logs Database
  • Custom Uninstall - Executing this command shows you the wizard with the traced items - Registry items in step 1 and Files and Folders in step 2 and lets you select the items you want to uninstall.

The meaning and the screens of the commands are the same as in the Traced Programs module, so check section 3.2.2 for details.

For smaller programs you may use a log for any Windows version in order to uninstall them properly, so, if the program you are searching for is not listed, you may try to remove the check mark for the option Show only logs compatible with your Windows version­ and see if the program will appear in the list.

3.4 Forced Uninstall

Revo Uninstaller Pro has a very powerful feature called Forced Uninstall. This feature helps you to locate and remove leftovers of programs that are already uninstalled or incompletely installed/uninstalled, but there are still remnants of such programs on your computer. It does not matter if the program you want to remove is listed or not in Revo Uninstaller Pro or in "Windows Programs and Features" Control Panel application. Forced Uninstall gives power to the user while maintaining the safety and accuracy of the results.

Forced Uninstall requires two parameters to get the job done. At least one of these two parameters should be supplied. First parameter is the exact name of the program you want to remove or search leftovers for. Because the name you enter is searched in your system you must enter an exact name, so if you enter a wrong name you will get wrong results. For example if you want to remove Microsoft Office 2007 you have to enter Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007, and not: Office, MS Office, Microsoft! If for some specific purposes you need to enter more than one name here you can do that separating names with ";". Second parameter is the full path to the program you want to uninstall or full path to its install location – to its main folder. You can manually enter the path, but you can also use the Browse button to locate a file or a folder related or own by the program you want to uninstall. You can enter multiple paths here.

Using the Browse button to locate the program’s executable file (exe) or main installation folder is recommended.

You can enter the full path to the install location of an already uninstalled and not existing program. This is very helpful when you want to find remnants of already uninstalled program.


Upon entering any of the initial parameters Forced Uninstall window will trigger Revo Uninstaller Pro to search for a built-in uninstaller of the program you want to uninstall and logs possibly related to the program. It searches for logs based on the entered name among the logs you have in the Traced Programs as well as the logs in the Logs Database module. If both build-in uninstallers and logs are found the results are shown in two tabs - Found xx programs and Found xx logs

If there is a built-in uninstaller, or several possible uninstallers are found, Revo Uninstaller Pro lists them in the same window, so you can choose to run one of them or not. Uncheck mark Run selected built-in uninstaller if you do not want to run the built-in uninstaller. When Run selected built-in uninstaller is unchecked, pressing Next button shows you another window, where Revo Uninstaller Pro first creates a system restore point and full Registry backup (if that options is not disabled in Options -> Uninstaller), and then starts scanning for leftovers.

If there is at least one log found based on the name you have entered it is listed with the information:

  • Name - name of the log usually the name of the program;
  • Program Version - if the logs is from the Logs Database you can see its version to decide if it is appropriate for you to use it for the uninstall of the program;
  • Windows Version - Windows version on which the log is made, also to help you to decide if it is appropriate for you to use it based on your current Windows version;
  • Source - whether the log in found among your local logs in Traced Programs module made by you or in the Logs Database module;

If you decide to use any of the listed logs in the uninstall process you must select it and being sure the check mark Use selected log below the list of found logs is checked press the Next button. That action opens a window, where Revo Uninstaller Pro first creates a system restore point and full Registry backup (if that options is not disabled in Options -> Uninstaller), and then loads selected log data, showing first the Registry items and on the next step files and folder. If Use selected log is unchecked, pressing Next button shows you another window, where Revo Uninstaller Pro first creates a system restore point and full Registry backup (if that options is not disabled in Options -> Uninstaller), and then starts scanning for leftovers.

If you want to run the built-in uninstaller before scanning for leftovers, just select it and press Next button. A new window containing 3 steps will show up


Revo Uninstaller Pro will run the built-in uninstaller and, after you finish the uninstallation with it, you have to press Scan button to continue the uninstall process with Revo Uninstaller Pro. Note that the built-in uninstaller may show up behind other open windows and you many need to switch between windows by using Alt+Tab keyboard combination – hold Alt key and press Tab.

Pressing Scan will trigger scanning for leftovers and the results (if any) will show up automatically.

Similar window is shown in case you want to use a log for the uninstall, but after the backup creation is done it automatically load the data of the logs. In case you have chosen to use a log from the Logs Database if there is an Internet connection and Revo Uninstaller Pro is allowed to access Internet by your firewall the selected log is downloaded, imported and it data is loaded in the uninstalling wizard.

Revo Uninstaller Pro first shows you any found leftover Registry items. keys and values found as created by the uninstalled program are in bold. Not bold keys are considered as not created by the uninstalled program. You can also check mark them, but they will not be deleted. They have check mark options just because it is easier to select the top parent and automatically its sub items are check marked – no need to go through all sub items and check mark them separately. So, whatever you check mark, when you press Delete button check marked bold items only are going to be deleted, even when Select All button is used!

Deleted Registry items are backed up, so if you need them later you can restore them from Backup Manager.

There is also a context menu you can see by right-mouse clicking on the leftover items:

  • Expand All – expands all items of the shown Registry tree – by default it is expanded so you may not see any difference first time you use this command;
  • Collapse All – collapses all items of the shown Registry tree;
  • Export All – exports shown Registry data to HTML file;
  • Expand selected key – expands only the selected key and its sub items;
  • Collapse selected key – collapses the selected key and its sub items;
  • Uninstall selected key – deletes the key from the system;
  • Mark selected key as Created – marks selected key as created by the program you are uninstalling. This feature is useful when you see a Registry key which is created by the program for sure, but not marked as created because of the safety algorithms in Revo Uninstaller Pro;

    Warning: Be very careful using this command. Mark the key only if you are sure it belongs to the uninstalled program but because by one reason or another is not recognized as created by Revo Uninstaller Pro!

  • Add to Exclude List – adds the selected key to exclude lists, protecting the key from deletion. Excluded keys have red color and you can edit Exclude List in Revo Uninstaller Pro’s options;
  • Open Registry Key… - opens the selected Registry key in Windows Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).

After finishing Registry leftovers removal you can press Next button and continue with the file and folder leftovers. Note, that the Next button may not be available if there are no other leftovers found.

Revo Uninstaller Pro shows you found leftover files and folders, so you can check the results and delete them. Deleted files and folders are moved to the Recycle Bin by default, so you can recover them from there. You can also change that from Options -> All Programs. You can also see how many leftover files and folders are found. There is also a context menu you can use by right mouse-click on a file of folder:

  • Open – command on the context menu acting the same way as if you double click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer. Note that if there is no file association for the file you click on, nothing will happen;
  • Properties ­– command on the context menu, acting the same way as if you right-mouse click on a file and choose Properties – shows properties like file size, attributes, date of creation, modification etc.;
  • Open Containing Folder – opens the folder containing the selected item in Windows Explorer;
  • Export – exports the list of found leftover files and folders to a HTML file.
  • You can use Select All button to select all found leftover files and folders at once and then use Delete button to delete them.

3.5 Install Programs

Revo Uninstaller Pro has a feature that allows monitoring installation of a program and detecting system changes, occurred during that installation. The process is done in real time – simultaneously.

This feature is very powerful, because, by monitoring system changes during the installation, we eliminate the necessity of all the scanning algorithms, needed for uninstalling. Scanning algorithms are very good on detecting leftovers, but Revo Uninstaller Pro has also safety algorithms that are blocking listing of some leftovers because of system safety.


With this feature we monitor system changes and we are sure that the changes are made by the installed program.

There is a big restriction for using that feature - you cannot install two or more programs at the same time or run/start other programs during the installation. You can run/start one setup file, which can install many programs but you cannot run many setup files.

IMPORTANT: Please, DO NOT run/start any other setup files, programs or anything else, which could lead to system changes during the installation of a program! You DO NOT need to stop any already running programs before starting the installation monitoring.

Basically, you can do all that, but the log file, created after installation, will contain the changes made by other setup files and/or programs too.

You can use Custom Uninstall mode on Traced Programs, which allows you to mark and uninstall the items you want, so, even if, by mistake, you have started another program or setup, you can still remove only the program you want to uninstall.

This feature has one more big advantage – because it works in real time, it does not require any additional time for the installation of a program. It is very easy to use and requires only few clicks to get maximum results.

To install programs through Revo Uninstaller Pro you have two options:

  • Use the Install Programs toolbar button of the uninstaller or Install Programs command from the Commands menu of the uninstaller. Browse for the setup file of the program you want to monitor and, as usual, follow the instructions of the installation wizard of the program you are installing.
  • Or, there is another option:
    Right-mouse click on the setup file of the program you want to install and choose Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro command. Then follow the instructions of the install wizard as usual.

When an installation process is started through Revo Uninstaller Pro, a toolbar like a band will be shown at the top of your screen. The installation process will continue in the usual way and Revo Uninstaller Pro will monitor system changes during the installation. You can replace that band with a little toolbar from Options -> Trace programs in compact mode

When you finish installing the program we advise you to run it (if there are several components - run them all) and configure it. This way Revo Uninstaller Pro will log the configuration settings and when you uninstall that program it will also remove these settings.

After closing the installed program you have to press Stop button on the Revo Uninstaller Pro’s band. Then Revo Uninstaller Pro will suggest a name for the log. That name will be listed in Traced Programs tab in the uninstaller. You can change the name if it is not so accurate suggestion and press the Save button.

Here is the summary of the steps needed to install programs with Revo Uninstaller Pro:

  • Right-mouse click on the setup file of the program you want to install (or use Install Programs toolbar button in Revo Uninstaller Pro)
  • Install the program as usual
  • Start and configure the program (programs)
  • Press Stop and Save buttons on the band (toolbar)

Some programs require restarting before you are able to run them for the first time. In that case you have to Stop monitoring, Save the log and then restart. Revo Uninstaller Pro has the ability to detect system restarts and save the log automatically, but in that case the name of the log will be the name set by Revo Uninstaller Pro.

3.6 Hunter Mode

Hunter mode is an innovative and flexible feature of Revo Uninstaller Pro, which gives you the ability to uninstall, stop or delete only by aiming applications icon on the desktop, quick launch toolbar, system tray or opened application with just one click. This can be very useful because a lot of applications are loading on start up and stay in the system tray without your agreement or you don’t even know which application is that.

Hunter mode is an innovative and flexible feature of Revo Uninstaller Pro, which gives you the ability to uninstall, stop or delete only by aiming applications icon on the desktop, quick launch toolbar, system tray or opened application with just one click. This can be very useful because a lot of applications are loading on start up and stay in the system tray without your agreement or you don’t even know which application is that.

When you press the Hunter mode button on the main toolbar of Revo Uninstaller Pro, the current window will disappear and a small blue target window will appear at the right upper corner of your screen. Hunter mode is now activated.

There are some main options in Hunter mode, available on its context menu (right-mouse click):

  • Open main window – opens Revo Uninstaller Pro’s main window and exits Hunter mode;
  • Auto Start with Windows – sets Hunter Mode to start automatically on Windows startup;
  • Window's size – there are three available sizes of the current window – Small, Middle and Large;
  • Transparency - sets the Hunter Mode window’s transparency – 50% by default;
  • Help – opens current help page;
  • EXIT – exits Revo Uninstaller Pro.

To operate in Hunter mode you have to do the following steps:

  1. Press the left mouse button over the blue target window and hold it pressed;
  2. Move the mouse over an item supported by Hunter mode (desktop shortcut, open window, icon etc.). While doing so a tool tip is shown with information about the application you will select if you release the button;
  3. Release the left mouse button and a menu will show up;
  4. Select desired command from that menu:
    • Uninstall – start the Forced Uninstall module of Revo Uninstaller Pro;
    • Stop Auto Starting – disable the application from auto start when Windows starts;
    • Kill – Stop the application;
    • Kill and Delete – stop and delete the application;
    • Open Containing Folder - Open a new instance of windows explorer and explore the directory, where the application is located;
    • Search at Google for - Use it to search with Google for the application name, file name or the company name - producer of selected application. This command will open your default web browser and load the result of current search in the Google web site;
    • Properties - Show application's executable file's properties;
    • Cancel – Cancel the operation.