These two programs I have tried so far essentially do two different things: Your Uninstaller! Pro 2006
Allows you to uninstall exisiting
programs on your system, completely. After running the uninstall component of the application, it then moves on to scan your registry and installed programs folders for loose reg keys and files. This is a fantastic application and does what it says on the tin - uninstalls completely (or, looks like it does!) Total Uninstall 3.52
Allows you to install a program and let it be monitored by TU (basically it records all the changes it makes to the system) and then uninstall it completely when you wish to. It does NOT feature, at least that I can tell, a similar function to Your Uninstaller! where you can uninstall EXISTING programs. My reason for such software is to keep a track of what I install (5-10 applications per day) and be able to uninstall them completely if desired.
Both applications can meet my needs, to an extent. But - Your Uninstaller! doesn't keep a CLEAR and CONCISE log of installs. I guess, after all, these programs are called "Uninstallers" for a reason! But I NEED that functionality, it's one of the main reasons I'm looking into these. Ok, YU alerts you when it's run to new items that have been installed, but with Total Uninstall, there is a clear way to see what you have installed and a clear way to uninstall it.
In a nutshell - Your Uninstaller! 2006 allows you to uninstall software that is installed on your system completely. Total Uninstall, on the other hand, doesn't let you uninstall existing applications, but it certainly does an awesome job of keeping an (probably the wrong word! ) "Inventory" of what you've installed with it, and offers an effective way to remove it also.
I'm beginning to think these programs are very different in their approaches, and maybe even compliment each other!
But hang on Matt - maybe they don't? What if you are satisfied with your current setup and only want to monitor new installs? The Total Uninstall
wins HANDS DOWN.
If you have a mess of a system (
) and need to uninstall existing applications, then I believe Your Uninstaller! Pro 2006
would meet your needs entirely.
So no "best", no "winner" out of the two - just two different approaches
Sorry for the lack of screenshots, I can't quite figure out the forum software to do it
Total Uninstall - http://www.martau.com/
Your Uninstaller! - http://www.ursoftware.com/
Hope it was useful to someone