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Revo and Registry File Deletion

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#1 jtphenom


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 06:49 PM

Hi folks,

Question: Is Revo a good uninstaller program, in you good folks' opinions? Also, how often does it find and bold stuff from the registry that is associated with the deleted program but that the user should NOT delete?

That leads me to my next question: If, for instance, I'm trying to uninstall something like Seagate Dashboard, and it finds something in the registry that is related to Seagate Dashboard, how likely is it that deleting a registry entry that has Seagate Dashboard's name in it (or only showed up after I installed Seagate Dashboard) would actually harm my computer somehow? And can someone explain to me why and how it could harm my computer (briefly if you like, or be detailed if you'd rather; I love learning!)?


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 10:38 PM

Revo is a very good program, however any program can make mistakes.
Since it's not a native Windows uninstaller, it's always a good idea to create a new restore point before proceeding with any removal.

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#3 frankp316


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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:23 AM

IIRC, Revo creates a new restore point automatically.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:57 AM

Yes, it does.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 09:46 AM

As Broni mentioned, Revo is a useful tool, but use with caution.

Although I still have the Free version of Revo installed, I rarely use it anymore. Much safer IMO to use Windows Add/Remove, followed by a manual cleanup and/or the Apps removal tool if one is available.

Revo's follow-up registry scan, like any reg cleaner, can and does make mistakes. Example: On my Vista system, I once attempted to uninstall Windows Live Mail using Revo, the follow-up reg scan reported ~10,000 reg entries to be deleted. Turned out Revo was also trying to remove Vista's inbuilt Windows Mail (and God knows what else).

It's also probably not a good idea to use Revo to remove software that needs a reboot to complete the uninstall process, as Revo's reg scan may very well delete info that is needed to complete the uninstall during reboot, leaving a lot of junk behind.



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