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Application Thursday – Revo Uninstaller

11th September 2015 — by That IT Guy0

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I initially found Revo Uninstaller a few years ago when I worked at an Anti-Virus company that shall remain anonymous (but the anti-virus in question was an awful product). Before I was promoted, I spent my first couple of months there doing tier 2 support (which basically means if nothing in the FAQ that the tier 1 support guys had fixes the customer’s issue they’d pass the issue on to us),

While I was there, the new version of the product launched and the correct procedure to install it was to uninstall the previous version first. Unfortunately in specific cases where the client had been using the product for more than 2 major releases (i.e. a previous uninstall-install procedure) found that trying to install the new version greeted them with an error message saying that “a previous version was detected, please uninstall it first” even if they had. This is because almost every single program out there will not completely delete its files or files generated by it during its time on your computer when uninstalling it. Some times this happens due to technical limitations, poor tracking of created files or simply done on purpose.

Application Thursday – Revo Uninstaller

While investigating the case I found the reason was specific files and registry entries left behind but while it’s easy enough to tell the client (or release a FAQ update for the Tier 1 guys) to delete such files, registry entries is a bit more complex and one of the rules we had when updating a FAQ was that the fix could not take more than 15 minutes of the Tier 1 phone call duration due to the fact the boss did not want to be accused of taking the piss with the stupidly expensive calls clients had to make for support when ironically, he was, simply by charging that much, regardless of the duration.

Anyhow, at that point we either had to find a program that did this for us or develop a tool ourselves which is when I found Revo Uninstaller. You see, initially it looks like it does the same as the integrated Windows uninstaller (“Programs & Features“) but when we click on a program and then uninstall we’re greeted with several options, the most powerful of which (simply called “Advanced”) will search for leftover registry entries and files. At first I was cautious about this as one of the type of programs i always recommend against installing is the so-called “registry fixers”. While this isn’t the same, it still scans and modifies the registry but to be fair, after years of using exclusively Revo Uninstaller as opposed to the Windows installer, I have to say I have never had an issue.

Revo Uninstaller

Suffice to say this program fixed the issue with the Anti-Virus stuff and everyone lived happily ever after (ok, maybe not the last part, hated that job with a passion). As a side note, while it is not intended for such things, it works pretty well when used to uninstalled spyware/adware installed by other programs if you went “next-next” on everything.

(Start of mumbo-jumbo commercial part)—

Revo Uninstaller helps you uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer easily! Even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from “Windows Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs)” control panel applet.

Revo Uninstaller is a much faster and more powerful alternative to “Windows Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs)” applet! It has very powerful features to uninstall and remove programs.

There is also a portable version of Revo Uninstaller that doesn’t require installation and works on removable devices like USB sticks and external drives. It is the best choice for technicians or hobbyist that have few computers at home or help their friends maintaining their computers in good shape.

Revo Uninstaller

Why use Revo Uninstaller?

  • Remove programs easily
  • Uninstall stubborn programs
  • Delete leftover data after regular uninstall
  • Avoid installation errors
  • No more update problems
  • Learn what changes programs make on your computer during their installation
  • Achieve best uninstall results and experience

With its advanced and fast algorithms, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application’s data before uninstall and scans for remnants after the uninstall of a program. After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders, registry keys and values that are usually left over on your computer. Using the Quick\Multiple Uninstall command you can automate the uninstall process and uninstall few programs in a row

Revo Uninstaller has a very powerful feature called Forced Uninstall. Forced Uninstall is the best solution when you have to remove stubborn programs, partially installed programs, partially uninstalled programs, and programs not listed as installed at all!

Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful methods for uninstalling software like tracing the program during its installation. To remove a program completely, and without leaving a trace, you can monitor all system changes made during its installation, and then use that information to uninstall it with one click only – simple and easy!
Even if you haven’t traced the installation of a program, it is still possible to uninstall it through an installation log. That can happen using the logs from the Logs Database. That module of Revo Uninstaller Pro contains logs made by our team. You can use them to uninstall your programs with one click just as if you have made the log, thus achieving the best uninstall results and experience.

—(End of mumbo-jumbo commercial part)

So anyhow, because it’s a great way to completely and utterly obliterate an application off your pc, this thursday’s application is Revo Uninstaller.

Download “Revo Uninstaller” RevoUninstaller_1_95_scrapebyitguy.zip – Downloaded 542 times – 2 MB

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Application Thursday – EaseUS Partition Master

3rd September 2015 — by That IT Guy0

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I can’t even begin to count the amount of times this application has either saved my ass or simply made my life simpler. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all at one point or another lost hair due to a failing drive or perhaps trying to copy large files from a drive (even emptying it!) to another and it’s either taken forever or we got an annoying message from Windows telling us that somehow, that file we haven’t used in forever, is in use by another application.

Let me go back 4 months. I have an external 500Gb drive, an old one at that, that came from an even older laptop, that i scavenged and since I had an IDE external usb enclosure and no longer have IDE ports in my main computer I figured, what the hell, I’ll use it for external storage. Over time I needed once central place to store my…. backups…. of movie dvds and so I “cut & paste” my collection in to. Now, have in mind S.M.A.R.T. said this hard drive was OK, CrystalDiskInfo said so too, even after I stressed the drive for 2 hours.

Time to panic

At 95% the I get a copy error and notice the drive is no longer detected by my PC. So I said to myself, ok That IT Guy, don’t panic. It could simply be the usb enclosure or the cable itself, both are very old, it’s not the first time I see that happening. I take the drive out of the enclosure and go through my collection of “may need it someday” parts and find a PCI IDE card. Great. I turned my PC off, installed the card (which thankfully is a relatively recent model so the drivers work on modern systems) and plugged in the drive, turned the PC on and there it is, the drive is there!… but… what is that ticking noise… oh no… the drive is gone again. Not the news I wanted, that ticking noise means the drive is on its last legs, assuming it hasn’t completed died already.

Dead Hard Drive

I went on to try and old trick (only do this as a last result as you’ll pretty much only get one shot, if that), I slipped the drive in to an antistatic bag, sealed it shut and in to the freezer it went overnight. The next morning I took the chilly drive out and plugged it in again. I had to keep its temperature as low as possible so I used a long IDE cable and placed the drive outside of the PC and went on to turn the PC on. Drive is detected. TIme for EaseUS Partition Master. Copy drive to another drive and cross fingers. EaseUS Partition Master managed to copy 95% of the drive before it died (and this time for good). I lost “Dude, where’s my car?” (we’re not here to talk about my film judgement, ok?), oh well.

This of course is my latest personal experience but I’ve used this application to recover data from dying drives (whatever it could get) countless times and not just that. In fact, one of the biggest use I give it is to do what so many other applications claim to be able to do but result in an unbootable drive (I’m looking at you DriveXML!) which is cloning a system drive. Perfect example of this would be the countless times I’ve upgraded PCs and specially Laptops from conventional Hard Drives to SSDs. These clients don’t want a fresh install of Windows, they want to pick up from where they left it but with a new (and fast) SSD. Not once has it failed. I take the original drive out, plug it in to my pc along with the new drive and power up EaseUS Partition Master to get the job done.

Hell, if you have the payed version (non trial) you can even do bootable pendrives for any sort of diagnostics without having to go through countless individual applications for each process. This application just makes my life simpler and at the end of the day, isn’t that what software’s for? Let’s see what the developer’s website has to say:

Key Features

  • Best solution to create, delete, resize/move, merge, split, wipe or format partitions to make better use of hard drive capacity.
  • Extend NTFS system partition without rebooting to maximize PC performance.
  • Safely merge two adjacent partitions into a bigger one without data loss.
  • Convert dynamic disk to basic disk and convert FAT to NTFS file system.
  • Convert primary partition to logical partition and vice versa: convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk with 4 existed primary volumes.
  • Linux partition management: Easily delete, create, format, recover EXT2/EXT3 partition, etc.
  • Create WinPE rescue disk for booting sickly computer.
  • Speed up your computer by defragmentation.
  • Support all hardware RAID, removable storage device, hard disk, GPT disk and FAT/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 file system.
  • Work on both BIOS-based and UEFI-based hardware.
  • Convert MBR to GPT disk, and convert GPT to MBR disk without data loss.
—(End of mumbo-jumbo commercial part)

So anyhow, because it’s saved my ass so many times, this thursday’s application is EaseUS Partition Master (albeit, posted on Friday, because I simply was unable to had it pre-done and ready for Thursday. sorry).

Before I give you the download link (uploaded here for your convenience, as always), I’ll straight up tell you I’ve taken the chance to set up an affiliation, so if you do decide to buy it after playing with the Trial (which in many ways is actually good enough), you’ll be helping That IT Guy Scrape By (see what I did there?) out at no extra cost (win win!).

Download “EaseUS Partition Master Professional” Download_EPM_10.5_Trial_SETUP_Affiliate.exe – Downloaded 544 times – 360 KB

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Application Thursday – TeamViewer

27th August 2015 — by That IT Guy0

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For years now I’ve been using TeamViewer in order to help people mostly. It’s specially useful when the person on the other side does not know much about computers and you just want to grab control and get it over with (funny, I can think of a few situations where this is also the case!). In simple terms, TeamViewer is a program that allows you to connect to someone elses computer.

Now now, before you go all bonkers and start worrying about someone “hacking” your Facebook account and posting something along the lines of “I’m gay” and all your friends replying along the lines of “I knew it!” or “about time you came out” stop and breathe for a second. Teamviewer uses a 9 digit user id and 4 digit password which are auto-generated and the password itself changes every time you start your computer or you close and open the program so basically it only grants access to whoever you want for a short amount of times. Also, it’s essentially as if someone else grabs the mouse so you get to see what’s going on at all times. And I’ll tell you what I tell my clients, if you feel better about it, you can simply uninstall it once the work is done and be done with it (because trust me, IT guys (and girls) have better things to do than go through your photo folders or try and find your stash of dirty videos.

So, directly from the official website:

“TeamViewer – the All-In-One Software for Remote Support and Online Meetings

Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or use TeamViewer for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Remote Support

Application Thursday - TeamViewer

Whether you provide spontaneous remote support, administer servers or work from your home office, TeamViewer gives you the possibility of being able to control computers remotely as if you were sitting right in front of them. You can provide technical support to mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices. You can do all this conveniently from your work station.

Spontaneous customer support

Application Thursday - TeamViewer

Do you need to provide daily remote support to customers and offer quick, on-the-spot solutions? You can easily control your customer’s computer remotely with TeamViewer, as if you were sitting right in front of it. With the customer module TeamViewer QuickSupport, you can remotely connect within seconds without the customer needing to install any software.

24/7 access to remote computers

Application Thursday - TeamViewer

Administer remote computers and servers anytime, anywhere as if you were sitting directly in front of them. If you save the computers or servers as a contact in the Computers & Contacts list, you can connect easily with just a single mouse-click! Wake up unattended computers that you do not wish to leave on all the time with Wake-on-LAN.

The module (TeamViewer Host) for 24/7 access to remote computers is free for license holders!

Transfer files quickly and easily

Application Thursday - TeamViewer

Conveniently transfer files to and from the remote computer during a TeamViewer session. Use drag and drop, copy and paste via the clipboard, or cloud storage to copy individual files and entire folders within seconds to any location. Send files to contacts in your Computers & Contacts list without first establishing a connection. FTP servers and size limits on attachments in emails are now a thing of the past!

TeamViewer mobile apps – for when you’re on the road

Application Thursday - TeamViewer

Are you often on the road and need to provide spontaneous support to customers or connect to your office computer or customers’ servers? The TeamViewer apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry enable you to be flexible in terms of how and when you connect.”

——————— (this line symbolizes the end of marketing mumbo-jumbo from the official website).

So with that out of the way, TeamViewer is free as long as you select private use on the installer and you use as it such (yes, they can tell). On a personal note, it’s stupidly expensive to use with a professional license but it is incredibly efficient and easy to use for anyone that will ever need someone remote help or simply want to be able to access their computer when not at home and because of this, TeamViewer is my Application Thursday program of choice.

Download “TeamViewer” TeamViewer_10_0_45862_scrapebyitguy.zip – Downloaded 696 times – 9 MB

Application ThursdayWebsite Stuff

Download this, that aswell, that too! Crap, I need a bigger drive

26th August 2015 — by That IT Guy0

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For a while now I’ve been using a certain script (which by the way, is awfully done, does not index properly on search engines, and lacks the most obvious features) on websites from several clients. From using it I promptly discovered that it isn’t very well done as I ment¡ioned in that parenthesis, and by mentioning that which is supposed to be a note on my text (yes, a parenthesis), am I breaking the fourth wall? Is that… allowed?

I did a bad thing

Either way, I spent a considerable amount of time fixing this script (to the best of my limited programing knowledge) in order to, at the very least, fulfill basic needs. You could, however, ask, but That IT Guy, couldn’t you just have used a different script? Well Sure! That was my first thought… except it would seem no one has ever needed a downloads section in a WordPress based website, ever, in the whole time websites have existed, again, ever….

…even thought phpnuke brought that as part of the standard package, as the original content management system over a decade ago…oops!

So anyhow, back on track, you get the resulting benefits of those hard-working (not really), generous paying (again, not really) clients!

What does that mean? Well, once a week (on Thursdays to be precise), you’ll get an Application Thursday” post (I absolutely refuse to call them “APPs” as the trend seems to be thanks to overly expensive devices we carry in our pockets, in which I… well… recommend an application, or program, based on my own daily experiences, after which, for your convenience, you’ll be able to download from the downloads section right on this website (aside from other applications I deemed appropriate to upload without having the need to talk about them).

And all that without having to go through countless “No thanks” screens, clicks, fake “download now” buttons and your antivirus going crazy? YES! I know! Amazing right!? …right?

So come back tomorrow!

EDIT: The downloads section is up 🙂