UVK Help - Smart uninstaller

This section can be accessed 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.

However, the Smart uninstaller has much more features than the native Windows applet. It was specially desinged to uninstall adwre, malware and stubborn program and ensure complete removal.

When using the UVK smart uninstaller, you are able to:

  Uninstall several programs at once, and in automated mode, if desired.
  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...

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Sorting the uninstall list

The list can be sorted in details view by pressing  the column header buttons. The items will be sorted in ascending/descending order.

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Selecting the uninstall entries and changing the view:

Press 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. 

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Getting information about an uninstall entry:

Select the desired uninstall entries in the list. Press 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.

Pressing the Google button will open your default internet browser and perform a google search using the uninstall entry's name as the keyword.

Pressing the Regedit button will open the uninstall entry in the Registry editor.

Pressing 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.

Pressing the Go button in the Help link or the Support link lines will take you the corresponding web page, if it's set.

Pressing 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.

Pressing the VirusTotal MD5 hash report button will show you the VirusTotal report of the uninstall file, if available.

Pressing 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.

Pressing the Close (Esc) button, or pressing the Esc key will close this dialog box.

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Setting the extra uninstall options:

Before uninstalling the selected programs, select the options of your preference in the upper pane:

  Use forced uninstall: This option should only be used if you are sure you want to uninstall the selected programs.

UVK will manually uninstall the selected programs, without running their uninstall command. You should use this option to uninstall malware, adware and other programs that can not be uninstalled by normal means. To ensure complete removal when using this option, you should also check Scan and remove remnants.

  Scan and remove remnants: If this option is selected, after uninstalling the selected programs, 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.

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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 uninstaller files.
VirusTotal has the most complete virus info database.

ThreatExpert MD5 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.

Refresh (F5):
Refreshes the uninstall list. 

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Uninstalling the selected programs:

After selecting the programs you want to uninstall and the unistall options, press 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 Use forced uninstall option is selected, and some files are scheduled to be deleted on reboot, you will be prompted to reboot.

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Leaving the UVK smart uninstaller:

To return to the welcome screen, press Welcome screen.

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