UVK Help - Smart uninstaller
You can access this section by clicking Smart uninstaller, in the Welcome screen.
Smart uninstaller features
The Smart uninstaller is a fully featured replacement for the Add/Remove programs control panel applet.
When using the UVK smart uninstaller, you are able to:
Uninstall several programs at once, and in automated mode, if
Force uninstall of stubborn programs.
Get information about the uninstall entry.
Delete the uninstall entry without uninstalling the program.
Change the uninstall entry's icon.
Verify the uninstall file's signature.
Get the uninstall file's VirusTotal report.
Open the file location of the program's folder or the uninstaller file.
Open the uninstall entry's help/info url.
Hide Microsoft signed files from the list.
Change the way the uninstall entries are dysplayed in the list.
And much more...
Sorting the uninstall list
The list can be sorted by clicking the column header buttons when in details view. The items will be sorted in ascending order.
Selecting the uninstall entries and changing the view:
Click the Change view button in the upper pane or in the menu to toggle the list's view mode. Available modes are: Icons, Details, List and Tiles. Use the one you feel more comfortable with.
To select one single uninstall entry, just click it. Hold Ctrl down while clicking other entries to add them to the selection.
If not in details view, you can also use your mouse to create the selection, just like you do when selecting several items in your desktop, or in a Windows explorer folder's window.
Getting information about an uninstall entry:
Select the desired uninstall entries in the list. Click Uninstall entry properties on the upper pane or on the menu (Ctrl+Enter), or double click the corresponding icon. A dialog box similar to the one in the picture below will popup.
Clicking the Google button will open your default internet browser and perform a google search using the uninstall entry's name as the keyword.
Clicking the Regedit button will open the uninstall entry in the Registry editor.
Clicking the Run button in the Uninstall string line will run the uninstall command. Note that you have better ways to unninstall a program. See below.
Clicking the Go button in the Help link or the Support link lines will take you the corresponding web page, if it's set.
Clicking the Go button in the Install folder or Uninstall file lines will show you the hard drive location of the corresponding folder/file.
The next line shows you the MD5 hash and digital signature of the uninstall file.
Clicking the VirusTotal MD5 hash report button will show you the VirusTotal report of the uninstall file, if available.
Clicking the Change icon button will allow you to set a different icon for the uninstall entry. It will open the Windows Pick Icon dialog, where you can select the new icon from an exe, dll or ico file. Very useful if the icon is not displaying properly.
Clicking the Close (Esc) button, or pressing the Esc key will close this dialog box.
Setting the extra uninstall options:
Before uninstalling the selected programs, select the options of your preference in the upper pane:
Force uninstall if needed: This option should only be used if you are sure you want to uninstall the selected programs.
If the programs are not completely removed, UVK will delete the uninstall folder itself, and also search and remove other directories, shortcuts and registry keys related to the program.
Scan and remove remnants: If this option is selected, UVK will search the registry for remaining entries pointing to the uninstalled programs. It will also search your hard drive for shortucts pointing to the uninstalled programs.
The items it finds will be displayed in a list where you can choose what to delete. An option to create a system restore point before removing the remnants is supplied.
Note: Removing the remnants found is available only for the users having a UVK license.
Try unattended uninstall: If you select this option, UVK will try to automate the uninstall process.
This feature is guaranteed to work 100% for all programs installed through the Windows installer. For other programs, UVK will try to automatically click the buttons in the unninstall dialogs containing text like Next, Uninstall, Yes, OK, etc.
Given the high number of different software programs out there, it's impossible to guarantee the success of the automation for all non Windows installer programs in all languages. Each program uses their own uninstall dialogs and methods.
However, our tests indicate over 90% success rate for the most common european languages.
Hide Microsoft signed files: When you check this option, UVK will verify the digital signature of all the files in the list, and remove the ones that are digitally signed by Microsoft.
This can highly reduce the number of programs in the list, granting an easier detection of unwanted/un-needed programs, in order to easily clean up your system from those programs.
Right click context menu:
To access the uninstall list's context menu, right-click any item in the list.
A menu with several options will be displayed:
The first two options, we have already explained.
Delete uninstall entry:
Use this option if you want to delete the uninstall entry from the registry. Note that this will not uninstall the program.
VirusTotal MD5 hash report (Ctrl+M):
Creates an html VT report of the selected MD5 hash(es).
VirusTotal has the most complete virus info database.
hash report (Alt+T):
ThreatExpert has an excelent malware info database. If the selected file is present in this database, you can get information on which files it creates, which registry entries it changes, etc.
Search info with Google (Ctrl+G):
Makes a quick google search using the program's name.
Open file location (Ctrl+L):
Opens the location of the uninstall file using the Windows explorer shell.
Go to the registry key (CTRL+R):
Opens the registry editor in the uninstall entry's key.
File properties (Ctrl+P):
Opens the uninstall file properties dialog box, allowing you to get more information about the file.
Verify file signature (CTRL+V):
Displays a message box containing information about the uninstall file's digital signature.
Change view (CTRL+C):
Toggles the view mode, as explained above.
Refreshes the uninstall list.
Uninstalling the selected programs:
In order to uninstall one or several programs, select them in the list, as explained above, and then click Uninstall selected, in the upper pane or Uninstall selected programs, in the menu.
A message box will prompt you to confirm to uninstall the selected program(s). If you do confirm, UVK will start uninstalling the selected programs. Depending on the selected extra options, and the way the programs are uninstalled, you may or may not have to perform any actions in order to complete the uninstall process.
If the Force uninstall if needed option is selected, and some files are scheduled to be deleted on reboot, you will be prompted to reboot.
Leaving the UVK smart uninstaller:
To return to the welcome screen, click Welcome screen.
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