Soft Organizer Pro 7.21

Soft Organizer has been offered here several times, the last one in May 2016:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/soft-organizer-5-0-3

If you already have an older version, you can install this one over it without losing your traced data. And yes, you can do it with Soft Organizer (but if you are sadist or just curious enough to want to try and uninstall Soft Organizer with Soft Organizer, I did it once for you: it will just freeze!)

Changelog here:
https://www.chemtable.com/version-history.htm?prod_id=Soft%20Organizer

As a software addict, I install/uninstall a lot, reason why I am a regular here and why a good uninstaller is indispensable to keep my OS fit. For that I have long relied mostly on the free portable version of Revo uninstaller, but I took the opportunity of a clean reinstall of Windows 10 in 2016 to install Soft Organizer first, then all my other software, so that they could all be traced with it.

Whenever you start installing a program, a pop up notification will ask if you want to trace changes with Soft O, but considering that the launch of Soft O is not always instantaneous (at least not on my PC) I am not 100% sure it starts the tracing before the new installation has effectively started. This is why I would rather recommend that, instead of double clicking the executable, you systematically right click it and, in the menu, chose “Run and trace with Soft Organizer”. If you are as absent-minded as me, it might take you some time to get into the habit, but if you forget, there is always the pop up to remind you or you can abort the installation and start again.

An automatic update/upgrade (of Dropbox, Chrome etc. but apparently not W10) also triggers the pop up asking if I want to trace it, so, even if I don’t bother to do so (I can’t say “some other time, please, I am busy”, and I don’t plan to ever uninstall Dropbox or Chrome for good anyhow), at least I know it is happening as it is no longer completely silent.

Do not forget to open and close at least once the newly installed program before clicking the “End tracing” tab in Soft O, so that all changes can be traced. If the installation requires a reboot, ask Soft O to close. It will then tell you it has not finished the job and will ask if you want to keep on tracing changes in the background. Accept, then reboot and reopen Soft O first thing (to not give it the chance to trace changes in your system that have nothing to do with the new installation) and let it complete the tracing.

I was actually a little bit concerned that some changes occurring in the system during a new installation but unrelated to it, for instance an automatic Windows update, might be undone together with a subsequent uninstallation, causing problems. On another site, I had the opportunity to ask the dev’, and that was his answer: “Soft Organizer’s algorithm will filter most of the system entries not related to the traced program. Please note that in some cases, the extraneous entries may still appear in the tracing log, but they will be ignored when undoing the changes from that log. Despite this, it would be even better if you manually review the changes log upon its creation to ensure that no superfluous entries are appeared there.” (Fine, but if I spot “superfluous entries” in the log, what can I do?)

Once, playing with a newly installed software, I forgot during a couple of hours that Soft O was still open, waiting for me to close that software and complete its tracing. After I endly dit it, Soft O said it had installed two new programs, including Dropbox (an automatic update). As the installation of the new soft and the Dropbox update were probably mingled in the tracing, to make sure I could uninstall my new software without unknowingly damaging my Dropbox I uninstalled/reinstalled them both with Soft O, and resync’ed my Dropbox. That’s the only mishap I had, and it was my fault. And note that since then, one of the improvements brought by version 6.06 in february 2017, was, according to the changelog :”Fixing the several possible cases when the entries not related to the traced application are added to the traced changes.”

For the menu, click the blue square top right.

Last (but not least) tip: Soft O hunts leftovers so relentlessly that (read my lips carefully, as I will say this only once, and not loud) after what I found out (by accident, of course!), it is capable of wiping off all (repeat: ALL) traces of programs, including certain trials with a time limit.

Soft Organizer has been offered here several times, the last one in May 2016:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/soft-organizer-5-0-3

If you already have an older version, you can install this one over it without losing your traced data. And yes, you can do it with Soft Organizer (but if you are sadist or just curious enough to want to try and uninstall Soft Organizer with Soft Organizer, I did it once for you: it will just freeze!)

Changelog here:
https://www.chemtable.com/version-history.htm?prod_id=Soft%20Organizer

As a software addict, I install/uninstall a lot, reason why I am a regular here and why a good uninstaller is indispensable to keep my OS fit. For that I have long relied mostly on the free portable version of Revo uninstaller, but I took the opportunity of a clean reinstall of Windows 10 in 2016 to install Soft Organizer first, then all my other software, so that they could all be traced with it.

Whenever you start installing a program, a pop up notification will ask if you want to trace changes with Soft O, but considering that the launch of Soft O is not always instantaneous (at least not on my PC) I am not 100% sure it starts the tracing before the new installation has effectively started. This is why I would rather recommend that, instead of double clicking the executable, you systematically right click it and, in the menu, chose “Run and trace with Soft Organizer”. If you are as absent-minded as me, it might take you some time to get into the habit, but if you forget, there is always the pop up to remind you or you can abort the installation and start again.

An automatic update/upgrade (of Dropbox, Chrome etc. but apparently not W10) also triggers the pop up asking if I want to trace it, so, even if I don’t bother to do so (I can’t say “some other time, please, I am busy”, and I don’t plan to ever uninstall Dropbox or Chrome for good anyhow), at least I know it is happening as it is no longer completely silent.

Do not forget to open and close at least once the newly installed program before clicking the “End tracing” tab in Soft O, so that all changes can be traced. If the installation requires a reboot, ask Soft O to close. It will then tell you it has not finished the job and will ask if you want to keep on tracing changes in the background. Accept, then reboot and reopen Soft O first thing (to not give it the chance to trace changes in your system that have nothing to do with the new installation) and let it complete the tracing.

I was actually a little bit concerned that some changes occurring in the system during a new installation but unrelated to it, for instance an automatic Windows update, might be undone together with a subsequent uninstallation, causing problems. On another site, I had the opportunity to ask the dev’, and that was his answer: “Soft Organizer’s algorithm will filter most of the system entries not related to the traced program. Please note that in some cases, the extraneous entries may still appear in the tracing log, but they will be ignored when undoing the changes from that log. Despite this, it would be even better if you manually review the changes log upon its creation to ensure that no superfluous entries are appeared there.” (Fine, but if I spot “superfluous entries” in the log, what can I do?)

Once, playing with a newly installed software, I forgot during a couple of hours that Soft O was still open, waiting for me to close that software and complete its tracing. After I endly dit it, Soft O said it had installed two new programs, including Dropbox (an automatic update). As the installation of the new soft and the Dropbox update were probably mingled in the tracing, to make sure I could uninstall my new software without unknowingly damaging my Dropbox I uninstalled/reinstalled them both with Soft O, and resync’ed my Dropbox. That’s the only mishap I had, and it was my fault. And note that since then, one of the improvements brought by version 6.06 in february 2017, was, according to the changelog :”Fixing the several possible cases when the entries not related to the traced application are added to the traced changes.”

For the menu, click the blue square top right.

Last (but not least) tip: Soft O hunts leftovers so relentlessly that (read my lips carefully, as I will say this only once, and not loud) after what I found out (by accident, of course!), it is capable of wiping off all (repeat: ALL) traces of programs, including certain trials with a time limit.
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ouialaraison, nice review, You bring up an important point algorithms are fine and reduce the need for manual inteligent intervention but they do not remove the need for manual filtering by an educated inteligent entity. While it apparently provides a way to review the trace log it does not provide a way to dissapprove traced activity from other unrelated processes from being included in the chosen installations uninstall script, if that is so, maybe the developers could consider adding the user interface to allow that fine tuning or exposing the format of the uninstall database so we can edit / tweak the uninstallation scripts ourselves to choose what to keep and what to allow the removal of.

ouialaraison, just for information purposes the earlier giveaways going back to 2013 for this product by this company is shown under a slightly different name that they are listing their other giveaways under today https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/category/publisher/chemtablecom/

ouialaraison, That sounds like Revo Uninstaller Pro that I’m using so far your review don’t seem to sound different have you tried the Pro version of Revo so you might enlighten me if there is any difference or areas where either is better than the other I would apreaciate it before I download it as I already own Revo and would rather keep one program than 2 if that makes sense.

TK, Thanks for your appreciation. About being given the possibility to do a manual filtering of the traces, in theory you are right, of course, but in practise, how many “educated intelligent entities” like us would bother to check each and every change made to the system, one by one, never being very sure of what they are doing, after installing or before uninstalling a program? I know I wouldn’t. Either I trust my uninstaller or I don’t use it. Up till now, Soft Organizer doesn’t seem to have failed me.

Wipeout, I’m afraid I can’t compare Soft Organizer Pro and Revo Uninstaller Pro as I have only used the free version of the latter. Why not, since it is free today, install this one, compare them quietly, and keep only the one you like best (and give us a comparative survey next time one of them is offered here!)

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