Why Do Windows Users Need Specific “Cleaning Tools” For Errant Applications?

Today, as I was perusing the sites that list new software, either beta or general release, I saw another tool of the cleaner type, put out by a manufacturer to remove all the nastiness that their product, when uninstalled, leaves behind.

I find this generally irritating, but perhaps today is a good day for a rant about it as I got especially upset when I saw that Nero was doing it. They command a premium on their product which should translate to superior programming, and none of this type of noise being necessary (maybe a few who read this will join with me, and do something about this).

It all began with the Microsoft concept of a registry – something that Microsoft insists makes things easier, but I would forcefully ask, “ Just who is it that this is making anything easier for?” It certainly cannot be the average user, for they are frequently the victim of Windows rot, a general malaise that comes to most Windows installations over time, when the owner is not absolutely anal retentive in the maintenance of the machine where Windows resides. The Windows user must not only decide to be anal retentive about the cleanliness of his installation, he must also secure something that will allow the problem to be attacked, for trying to do this job without some sort of automated help would  result in a trip to a padded room.

Today’s “tool” comes from Nero AG, a company that used to turn out the very best CD and DVD authoring program period. Now, not so much. The tool was found on Betanews, a place where these small apologies from the manufacturer frequently show up.

There are a few other software manufacturers, which have confessed their sins publicly, and whether or not the confession was forced, it resulted in a cleaning tool that allowed said Windows users to continue to use their installation without fear of all manner of nastiness being wreaked on their endeavors.

A few of the usual suspects are – Norton products (since taken over by Symantec, the programming has been especially sloppy, and Symantec was one of the first, forced into releasing something to avoid users having to completely do a wipe and reload of Windows), McAfee Antivirus and Firewall products, Comodo (early products, their products have been much better behaved as of late!), and a few others, which shall remain nameless only because I am not remembering them at this point in time, trying instead to put forth the worst offender of all – Microsoft.

Yes, the boys in Redmond are very, very bad about removing what they put into an installation when it is no longer needed or wanted. Some of this clearly has to do with licensing and piracy, but let’s not let them off that easy – most of it is simply sloppy programming. Of course, Microsoft has their own little tool, but they prefer for it to not get a lot of air time, choosing instead to let you know about it when you call in for some of their free support.

It would be so simple for Microsoft to actually have a proper method of software removal built into Windows, because the makers of Revo Uninstaller have done it, without any help from Redmond. The product works very well. Imagine the benefits if Microsoft either lent a hand, or better yet, purchased the software, like when they bought Windows Defender from Giant Software, and built it fully into Windows.

That would make it almost as efficient as Linux!


Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

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