Revo Uninstaller Pro Online User's Manual

6. Options

6.1. General

Here you can find some general options of Revo Uninstaller Pro like:

  • Current Language: drop down box, which you can use to change the localization of Revo Uninstaller Pro. Note, that it is set when you install Revo Uninstaller Pro to the language you choose on install;
  • Backup Folder: - the folder, where all backups will be stored. You can change the place if the drive of the backup folder has no more free space;
  • Check for update on startup – Revo Uninstaller Pro will check if there is a new version available by connecting to www.revouninstaller.com on startup, but only once a day. No personal information is sent or received. Note, that you have to allow Revo Uninstaller Pro to connect to the Internet in your firewall settings;
  • Create daily full Registry backup - Once a day Revo Uninstaller Pro will create a full Registry backup on the day it is started;
  • Skip information messages shown by Revo Uninstaller Pro – if you do not want to see information messages from Revo Uninstaller Pro enable this option. Information messages are messages like “Revo Uninstaller Pro finished scanning for leftovers”;
  • Skip warning messages shown by Revo Uninstaller Pro – if you do not want to see warning messages from Revo Uninstaller Pro, enable this option. Warning messages are messages like “Are you sure you want to remove selected item?”;
  • Show commands in Windows context menu (Install with ..., Uninstall with...) - Revo Uninstaller Pro adds the following options to Windows context menu (right-mouse click on a file or a folder):
    • Install with Revo Uninstaller Pro;
    • Uninstall with Revo Uninstaller Pro (for folders only).

    If you want to remove these options from the context menu uncheck mark this option. Because Windows shell extensions, like these options of Revo Uninstaller Pro, are loaded in memory, a system restart may be needed.

6.2. Uninstaller

6.2.1 General

Here are the main options affecting the whole uninstaller:

  • Set focus on Traced Programs on startup – when Revo Uninstaller Pro is started All Programs tab is shown by default; instead, you can show Traced Programs by enabling this option;
  • Make a System Restore Point before uninstall – If Windows System Restore is enabled Revo Uninstaller Pro requests from it creation of a system restore point;
  • Create a full Registry backup before uninstall - If the option is turned on Revo Uninstaller Pro makes full Registry backup, which you can restore from Windows Recovery Console;
  • Forcibly stop running executable files during their uninstall – if this is turned on, and Revo Uninstaller Pro is trying to uninstall an executable file(s), then Revo Uninstaller Pro will try to stop that file(s) forcibly. This will prevent some running files from remaining on the system until the next restart or even after that;
  • Backup deleted Registry items – this option will cause all manipulations on Windows Registry to be backed up. The backups can be restored from Backup Manager.
  • Delete files and folders:

    This option shows where all deleted files are going:

    • to Backup folder – all deleted files are backed up. This option should not be used often, because all programs uninstalled by Revo Uninstaller Pro will be moved to the backup folder and this will not decrease the free disk space as it is expected. You should go to Backup Manager to restore the files or to delete them if you really do not need them anymore;
    • to Recycle Bin – this option is similar to the previous one, except that the files are moved into Recycle Bin. We recommend this option, because it is safe, and, if you want to restore some files, you just have to open the Recycle Bin. When you empty your Recycle Bin you will get additional free disk space;
    • Permanently – all deleted files and folders are deleted permanently, so you can’t restore them later. This is the fastest delete option.

  • Show as new programs installed:

    This option shows lastly installed programs in a group named New Programs. New programs are always shown at the top of the list of programs.

    • Last (in days) – you can specify how many days a program is considered as a new program;
    • Since the last startup of the uninstaller – a program is shown only once as a new and the next time you run Revo Uninstaller Pro the program will not be in the New programs list anymore.

6.3. All Programs

Options here are related to the All Programs tab in the Uninstaller.

6.3.1. General

  • Show system updates (not supported in Windows Vista and Windows 7,8) – the option shows Windows updates on Windows XP;
  • Show system components – some programs have additional components which are removable but marked as a component of another program and by default Revo Uninstaller Pro does not list this kind of programs;
  • Only run the built-in uninstaller - when you select the Uninstall command Revo Uninstaller Pro will start only the built-in uninstaller of the selected program;
  • Open the Uninstall wizard maximized - this option causes the window of the Uninstall Wizard to be shown always maximized for better review of the leftovers;
  • Search for an appropriate log before program's regular uninstall - if this option is turned on, Revo Uninstaller Pro will search for an appropriate log among your logs and the logs in the Logs Database, in order to do a better uninstall, while you are uninstalling a program through the All Programs module;
  • Check mark all leftovers by default - leftovers as Registry items, files and folders, found by Revo Uninstaller Pro, will be check marked automatically.

    NOTE: When Delete button is clicked ONLY check marked bold items will be deleted, even if all items are check marked!

6.3.2. Registry

When a program from All Programs tab is uninstalled, Revo Uninstaller Pro shows the leftover Registry items and some of the items we know for sure that are not created by the uninstalled program, so, we have an exclude list for these items. You are also able to add or remove such items (using Add and Remove buttons) or Reset Defaults – remove all added and restore all removed items.

A Registry key could be excluded only by adding the full path to the key for example:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes

There is an option for each Registry key called Include Sub keys, which can be check marked. That option will exclude all sub keys of that Registry key – not only the key itself.

In front of each Registry key there is a check box, which is used to enable or disable (depending on whether it is check marked or not) the exclusion of a Registry key. If there is a check mark the key is considered as excluded.

Exclude list supports wild cards as (?) and (*), which means you can exclude several keys at once or without knowing the exact name of that particular Registry key. For example:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFT????\Classes

This will exclude all Registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE beginning with SOFT and having 4 characters following SOFT word, because the (?) sign means any character.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFT*\Classes

This will exclude all Registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE beginning with SOFT word and no matter how they end – any length, any characters after the SOFT word. You can use (*) char to replace the whole key name as:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\*\Classes
  • But this also will exclude the whole branch like:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\Classes
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Microsoft\Classes
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Your Company\Classes
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Anything goes here\Classes
    You can also use a combination of (?) and (*).

6.4. Traced Programs

6.4.1. General

Revo Uninstaller Pro creates log files when a program is installed through Revo Uninstaller Pro. These files are saved to a default folder, which can be changed if needed (not enough disk space). In the Logs Folder: is shown the current path to the logs, it can be changed manually to point to another folder or through the Browse button to select existing folder for the logs to be stored.

  • Delete traced program log after uninstall – if the option is check marked after the command Uninstall is used to uninstall a traced program, the log of the uninstalled program will be deleted.
  • programs in compact mode – this option shows a small window on top of other windows when a program is installed through Revo Uninstaller Pro – with a Stop button and Recording animation. This option is not enabled by default and that is why Revo Uninstall shows a big band at the top of the screen when a program is installed through Revo Uninstaller Pro.

6.4.2. Registry

When a program from the Traced Programs tab is uninstalled, Revo Uninstaller Pro shows the leftover Registry items and some of the items we know for sure that are not created by the uninstalled program, so we have an exclude list for these items. You are also able to add or remove such items (using Add and Remove buttons) or Reset Defaults – remove all added and restore all removed items.

A Registry key could be excluded only by adding the full path to the key for example:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes

There is an option for each Registry key called Include Sub keys, which can be check marked. That option will exclude all sub keys of that Registry key – not only the key itself.

In front of each Registry key there is a check box, which is used to enable or disable (depending whether it is check marked or not) the exclusion of a Registry key. If there is a check mark then the key is considered as excluded.

Exclude list supports wild cards as (?) and (*), which means you can exclude several keys at once or without knowing the exact name of that particular Registry key. For example:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFT????\Classes
This will exclude all Registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE beginning with SOFT and having 4 characters following SOFT word, because the (?) sign means any character.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFT*\Classes
This will exclude all Registry keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE beginning with the SOFT word and no matter how they end – any length, any characters after the SOFT word. You can use the (*) character to replace the whole key name as:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\*\Classes
But this also will exclude the whole branch like:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\Classes
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Microsoft\Classes
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Your Company\Classes
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Anything goes here\Classes
You can also use a combination of (?) and (*).

6.4.3. Processes

When a program is installed through Revo Uninstaller Pro some of the processes should always be included and logged. You can add processes to be included in the monitoring using Add button and specify full path to the process. You can also Remove added processes or just uncheck mark them, which will remove them from consideration as included. Reset Defaults button will remove all added processes and add default ones.

Exclude Processes works in the same way as Include Processes, except that processes in its list are not monitored during the installation of programs.

6.5. Logs Database

Options here are related to the Logs Database Module.

Automatically update the Logs Database - If this option is checked, the database of logs is automatically updated. From here you can always update it manually. Below the option you will see the current version of the database located on your computer and the last version of the database stored on our server. Next to that information is the Update Now button, which will start the update if pressed.

6.6. Groups Manager

Groups Manager shows all available groups both for All Programs and Traced Programs. The groups order is important, because that order is considered during the listing of programs – first group at the top of the list is shown first, second is shown second and so on. Pressing the header of the list of groups with the left mouse button will sort them alphabetically. There are buttons, which you can use to move up and down (Move Up and Move Down) a group and change their order. There are also other buttons:

  • Add – used to add a new group by entering its name;
  • Rename – used to rename a listed group by selecting it first;
  • Remove – used to remove a group by selecting it first;
  • Reset Defaults – removes all created groups and sets the default groups of Revo Uninstaller Pro, which are Internet, Games, Multimedia and Utilities.

6.7. Junk Files Cleaner

6.7.1. General

Delete files to the Recycle Bin - if this option is check marked all junk files are moved to the Recycle Bin. This can be considered as additional safety but will not increase the free disk space until you empty your Recycle Bin.

Ignore files accessed last 24 hours - this option is enabled by default, because some junk and temporary files are in use during the scan for junk files and it is better to leave them.

There is a list of patterns (mostly file types), and their description, where you can select which pattern to scan for when scan operation is performing. Files matching with a given pattern will be shown in the result list only if there is a check mark before the pattern. If you remove a check mark, the pattern after it will not be taking into consideration while scanning is being done.

You can also add or remove patterns from the list by using the buttons underneath. To add new pattern press button Add and a small window will appear, where you can type the desired pattern using wild cards (?,*) and press OK to add it to the list or Cancel to ignore operation.

To remove a pattern, select it in the list and press the Remove button. If you want to restore the default built-in patterns, just press Set Default button and all of your patterns will be deleted and returned to the default.

6.7.2. Exclude

If you wish to exclude any files contained within any directory from a scan, there is a list with patterns of paths on the local drives, where you can select which pattern to be scanned while the scan operation is performing. Directories matching with a given pattern will be skipped in the scan process only if there is a check mark before the pattern. If you remove a check mark, the pattern after it will be scanned for unnecessary files.

You can also add or remove patterns from the list by using the buttons underneath. To add a new pattern press the Add button and a small window will appear, where you can type desired pattern using wild cards (?,*) and press OK to add it to the list or Cancel to ignore operation.

To remove a pattern, select it in the list and press the Remove button. If you want to restore the default built-in patterns, just press the Set Default button and all your patterns will be deleted and returned to the default

6.8 View

6.8.1. General

From the options here you can adjust whether the toolbars should have text labels and if the icons of the toolbars should be small or large. Turn on the Show small icons in Details view option if you want to view small icons in Details view of the Uninstaller modules and AutoRun Manager.

Reset main window panels settings command resets position and size of the panels of main window of Revo Uninstaller Pro - toolbars, status bar, description panel menu bar

Reset Details view control settings command resets the customization (all column changes) of the details view control on the tools that have such view type like the Uninstaller module - All Programs , Traced Programs AutoRun Manager etc.

6.8.2. Theme

Revo Uninstaller Pro has a Themes support and the themes can be changed from here. There is a drop down box where you can choose from a several Visual themes. Just beneath the list with the ready themes, there are two buttons that let you make a custom theme with your favorite colors. The Custom Background Color lets you choose a custom color for the background of all windows in Revo Uninstaller Pro and the Custom Selection Color lets you choose a custom color for the selected elements in different controls and lists in Revo Uninstaller Pro.