How to Remove Leftover Files after Uninstall


We generally uninstall a software program from Control Panel but do you know that it doesn’t completely removes the program. There are folders and files along with unused registry keys which were created by the program but now they are pretty useless since it is uninstalled.

To remove leftover files of a software, you need advanced uninstallation tool. These kind of tools find unwanted leftover files after uninstall process and sweep them off completely.

[sws_pullquote_right]It is essential to remove leftovers in order to completely uninstall a program. [/sws_pullquote_right]

I personally use IObit Uninstaller. Though, I got it as a module with Advanced SystemCare Ultimate but it can be also downloaded as standalone free program.

IObit Uninstaller

Just like default Windows Installer feature, all installed programs are listed. Initially, uninstaller of the program is executed. After which, you are given an option whether to start a “Powerful Scan”. This scan looks up for any leftover items of the program. If found, list of files and registry keys is displayed.

Remove Leftover files after Uninstall

Either choose individually or select all to delete them in one click. Alternatively, they can be shredded if you want to delete them beyond recovery. Not only windows software but IObit Uninstaller also supports uninstalling of browser addons/extensions and plugins and Windows Updates too.

If you are not using it already and think that there may be many unused shortcuts and registry keys of software you uninstalled previously, you can use Advanced SystemCare Ultimate‘s one click tool to clean and speed up computer.


Unused files, shortcuts and registry entries often clutter space and computer index making other processes to slow down.  IObit Uninstaller is one stop solution for it and completely free to download and use.

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P.S. I consider it as one of the Must-Have software on Windows PC.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 12 comments
Krishna - January 2, 2014

Hi Rohit, Much useful softwares to unistall an Application. I will give a try.

Thanks for sharing.

christo chiramukhathu - January 2, 2014

Hi Rohit, Thanks for the mai with valuable information. May God bless you and your family in all days of new year (2014)

Let me download and try it..

Gautam Doddamani - January 10, 2014

we can also use ccleaner…its my personal favorite or tuneup utilities uninstaller.

    Rohit Langde - January 17, 2014

    CCleaner has Uninstall module but it doesn’t offer you an option to search for leftovers after carrying out uninstall operation.
    Yes, you can always scan and run cleaner but then it will search complete system. Where Advance Uninstaller stands out is that it looks for leftover for a specific program after uninstalling.

    Talking about TuneUp, it too does the same thing. I used to have it on my PC but since last 2 years, I have completely moved to Advanced System Care Ultimate because it is cheaper and way more effective. You can read review and comparison with Tune Up here-

Shubhakanta Satyaranjan Parida - January 13, 2014

Hi rohit,
Thanks for the software. I have another software called revo uninstaller. This also does the same. Could you please analyse both and let me know which one is better.

    Rohit Langde - January 17, 2014

    Hi Shubhakanta, Revo indeed is a good software tool for uninstallation but it is not completely free so I preferred Advanced Uninstaller.

Kundan Raj Bhattarai - January 16, 2014

Thanks for the information. I wanted to uninstall the program and remove the remains from the registry. I think in that way it will make registry clutter free and increase the performance of the computer.

    Rohit Langde - January 17, 2014

    Indeed Kundan, along with the leftover files, it will also look up for useless registry entries which are no more required and clean them.

Aditya - January 16, 2014

Was looking for this type of software…
thank you for pointing me to the correct program…

    Rohit Langde - January 17, 2014

    Glad that you liked it Aditya. Give it a try and I assure that you won’t be disappointed.

Saneesh - February 7, 2014

Hey Rohit, Thanks for the awesome post. Yes, you are right. Getting rid of left over files was a hassle till yesterday. 🙂 Now you’ve saved my day!

Hafiz - October 26, 2016

Geek is also good and also free


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