As its name suggests, Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite's
primary function is to remove or 'uninstall' applications from Windows systems. The question is, why should this be necessary at all? Why do you need a special program? Why can't you just delete an application in the same way you can delete a file?
The full answer to this question could fill a book. In a nutshell, however, modern Windows applications are very complicated beasts. They include large numbers of files that are often saved in many different places, not just in the application's own program directory. In addition to this they also have even larger numbers of settings, sometimes hundreds, which they record in Windows' central database, which is known as the Windows Registry.
It gets worse:
Many of the program files used by applications are often 'shared' with other applications. These files contain universal functions that many Windows' programs use for common tasks. Even though these files are listed as 'belonging' to an application, if you delete any of them when you remove one application, another application may stop working.
The entries in the Windows registry are equally troublesome. Among other things, they often change frequently, because programs write and delete values and settings in the registry while they are working. And they too get written 'all over the place', not just in the application's own registry sections.
In a way, you could say that once it is installed a Windows application becomes an integral part of Windows. Imagine pouring a half a glass of Coke into half a glass of orange juice and then trying to separate them again. It's not quite that bad, but the comparison is still valid.
Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite
works by creating two "snapshots" of your system, one before you install an application and another one directly afterwards. These snapshots record the entire status of your computer system, including all registry entries, the locations, dates, sizes and versions of all files and the contents of all configuration files. Getting this right is extremely complicated, and Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite
does this difficult job very, very well.
After creating the second snapshot the program then compares it with the first and records all the differences in a special file called an "installation log file", or "log file" for short.
When you tell Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite
to uninstall the application it loads this log file and uses the information it contains to restore everything on your system to the way it was before you installed the application. New files, directories and registry entries are deleted. Changed registry entries are restored to the values they had before you installed the program. If you use the File Backup feature (only available in Expert Mode) you can even restore any original files that were overwritten by the installation of the application.
Ashampoo UnInstaller Suite
is 100% ready for Windows(r) XP. All the functions of all modules are supported in all Windows versions, including Windows(r) 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 and XP.
- Easy Mode
- Expert Mode
- Internet Cleanup
- Delete Duplicate Files
- Delete Empty Folders
- Delete Temp Files
- Font Management
- UnInstall Watcher