Updated 7/24/05: The author has decided to
stop offering this freeware at his website.
This utility is simply a "must have" for
anyone who likes to download and install new applications. If you are
using the Add/Remove function in Windows, the uninstaller is only as
good as the guy who writes it. Sometimes they don't work very well and
sometimes they don't work at all. Total Uninstall (TUN) will allow you to
monitor the installation of an application and then later uninstall
it with confidence that everything it installed is now gone. The author
has started selling it now and the last freeware version is still
available. It might be a good idea to get it now before it starts getting
hard to find. (updated review, 1st review on 7/26/04)
Tips from Clif:
I've been using TUN for a long time, pay
attention and I can save you some headaches.
- You cannot uninstall something with TUN that you
didn't install with TUN. Anything you installed before you
started using TUN is going to have to be uninstalled the old fashioned
way. TUN works by getting a "before" snapshot of you system before you
installed the application. After the application is installed it will
get the "after" snapshot so it can compare them.
- Close all your running applications so nothing
is showing on your task bar before launching TUN.
- Drag the install file into the application name
entry window and it will automatically keep the path to your new
application. You can change the name once you've dragged it in.
- When you decide to uninstall something, run the
uninstall in Add/Remove from the Windows Control Panel and then follow
up by uninstalling it with TUN.
- If you ever need to surf to an untrustworthy
website you can launch TUN before you go there and get a "before"
snapshot. Once you are done at the website just use TUN to get the
"after" snapshot and reverse any changes you don't want.
- You can use TUN to monitor your kids PC time.
Just fire it up before the kids play and minimize it after it get's the
"before" snapshot. When the kids are done playing on your PC, you can
double click TUN in the system tray and finish the monitoring by getting
the "after" snapshot. If you see anything you don't like, you can
uninstall it or manually remove it.
- Just before you exit TUN after monitoring an
install, export the installation record to a text file by clicking the
Export button. This will leave you a permanent and easily readable copy
of the install. If you ever have problems with an install, you can
always consult the exported text file or send it to an expert for
- If there are left over registry entries that TUN
couldn't get rid of during an uninstall, use a good registry editing
tool like RegistrarLite or RegmagiK so you can copy
and paste the registry location to save time and be certain you are
getting the correct entries.
- If TUN asks whether you want to remove shared
DLL files, it's always safe to say "No to all". If you ever need to
clean up your unused DLL files, you can use the AnalogX DLL Archive tool.
- TUN can be very useful for analysis of
adware and spyware websites and programs.
- A word of caution. TUN cannot monitor changes to
your system while it's not being used. If you used TUN to install a
program a year ago, TUN cannot undo all the changes the program made to
your system during that year. It's still better than most Windows
Quote from the website - Total Uninstall can help you
to monitor any changes that were made to your system during installation
of a new software product and allow you to perform a complete uninstall
without having to rely on the supplied uninstall program (which may leave
files or changes behind). To use it, you simply launch the installation
program from the Total Uninstall interface and select the system areas to
be monitored. The program will then create a snapshot of your system
before it installs the new software and an additional snapshot after
install completes. it then compares the two snapshots and displays all
changes n a nice, graphical tree view, marking all values and/or files
that have been added or changed as well as some before/after details.
Total Uninstall will save these changes and if you decide to uninstall the
application, it will reverse all changes to the previous state.