Review Snapshot
Pros

Clear & simple to use. Comprehensive cleaning ability.

Cons

Potential rogueware which could damage your computer.

Verdict

Not recommended, too risky even though it does successfully uninstall in some cases.

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Perfect Uninstaller Review
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Perfect Uninstaller (PerfectUninstaller.com) - FULL REVIEW

It's a little disconcerting to most of us that our computers seem to have a life of their own...

And even worse when they won't do what we'd like them too - uninstall all sorts of old or not-useful-anymore software, for example.

Strange things happen every day on your hard drive. Programs and applications can appear half-installed, or partly uninstalled. Program can not appear on the 'installed programs' list even though you know they're there. Or manual add/remove functions don't work properly.

Confused? Frustrated? Well Perfect Installer claim to have the answer with a 'better, easier and faster way for you to completely uninstall any unwanted program that standard Windows Add/Remove Programs can't remove.'

The package is comprehensive in functionality, with the website advising that Perfect Uninstaller can forcibly uninstall corrupted programs, view all currently restored programs, clean all registry entries and drivers (and so protect your PC from corrupted registry errors) and back up the registry so that you can restore your system easily if it crashes.

The software includes specific tutorials, for example removing Avast completely, uninstalling McAfee, Mozilla Firefox, Spybot, Ad-Aware and a whole list of other software.

The tutorials are laid out clearly and simply and give tips on how to spot files that may have not been completely uninstalled.

The software will also uninstall corrupted programs and hidden programs so that your computer runs more smoothly. The promotors claim that Perfect Uninstaller works much more quickly than the Add/Remove programs applet supplied with your computer. 

It costs $34.95, and works on all Windows computers. The website offers a free trial download and examples of screenshots so you can view how the software works and how it looks on your screen.

'A better and easier way for you to completely uninstall any unneeded application that standard Windows Add/Remove leaves behind,' they say.

So the crucial questions: is it safe and does it work?

There are good testimonials published on the Perfect Uninstaller website:

'Yes, Perfect Uninstaller uninstalls programs better than the standard windows Add/Remove Program and completely removes unwanted programs,' said one.

'I am glad to tell you that Perfect Uninstaller effectively removed all unneeded programs from my computer, and now my PC runs so smoothly,' said another.

However if you search a bit further than the Perfect Installer website you find a different story.

Many techies advise against using this type of uninstaller.

'Any program, regardless what it is, is best removed via add/remove in the control panel,' said one.

Another agrees:

'Just uninstall the application using Add/Remove programs in the control panel. Then run CCleaner registry cleaning every so often and you're fine. Those "perfect uninstallers" automate all this but have potential to make huge mistakes.'

Which is where you have the potential to run into real problems... and reports of this software creating not solving computer problems:

'It turned my screen a pretty shade of blue (BLUE SCREEN) several times on my 6 month old laptop,' said one forum user.

Part of the problem seems to be that it DOES work initially - successfully uninstalling programs but then doing goodness-knows-what else:

'After very happily uninstalling one program I could not use my USB mouse, boot into Safe Mode or open windows in any way... I have never seen a program so blatantly dangerous,' was one comment.

Another forum comment states:

'I'm pretty sure Perfect Uninstaller is rogueware. You should follow the proper procedure for uninstallation, even if it seems stupid or inconvenient. The procedure is there for a reason.'

Some forum members report success in specific cases:

'I purchased this to remove Roxio Media Manager on my computer, especially the "windows installer" that starts up each time I turn my computer on. I successfully removed as much Roxio software as I could using Perfect Uninstaller.'

But it is clearly a risk:

'This program is dangerous to your computer,' warned on disgruntled (and frustrated!) customer. 'Do not even install it without a very good backup.'

You may be confused and frustrated by your computer but imagine how you'd feel faced with a damaged hard drive?

Not recommended - unless you want a perfect blue screen...
Date Reviewed: February 28, 2012, 3:20 pm
Reviewed by Jackie Gay
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