- Aug 2, 2003
Recommend an Uninstaller ...
Cleansweep doesnt take measurable CPU cycles or resources to run in the background. I had Win98/SE running 24/7 for years (sometimes a month without a reboot) with usually 14 items checked in the msconfig startup. I booted to 87% resources with Zone Alarm and 94% with it off. Even with Zone Alarm, which is a resource and CPU hog, I never went below 70% resources. I had a clean running computer and did it by being aware of what was taking my resources and CPU cycles rather than just blindly counting how many were checked. Cleansweep takes a total of 552k of RAM to stay active and I can afford the 25c lifetime investment to keep it running. My XP computer has been running for 3 days and Cleansweep hasnt used a second of CPU yet. If I go a month without a boot I can sometimes get it to use a whole second of total CPU cycles. Of course resources do not exist on XP, but it didnt use any in 98 or SE.Yep, I agree Go-back and CleanSweep are good programs, but I don't like the fact that they run in the background, taking up system resources.
I am using Win98SE right now and have Zone Alarm running. I have not had a problem with it ever. I also have WinXP Home on another computer with Zone Alarm. I have uninstalled Zone Alarm with no problems. However, I have had issues with Norton products. Have you ever tried to uninstall Norton Systems Works or other programs? It is a nightmare. That is another problem I have with Norton products, they imbed themselves so deeply into the OS that special removal tools are required from Symantec to remove them and they still don't remove them 100%. In addition, I had constant System errors that I traced to Norton products, and I am not the only one. I don't care for any product that integrates itself with the OS so thoroughly. So it is not only a matter of using resources, but the fact that it is messing with the OS and causing possible errors. In addition, hewee pointed out the Symantec themselves recommend not monitoring certain products. I have a feeling that the list of programs provided is not a comprehensive one.Originally posted by slipe:
Even with Zone Alarm, which is a resource and CPU hog, I never went below 70% resources. I had a clean running computer and did it by being aware of what was taking my resources and CPU cycles rather than just blindly counting how many were checked.
Does Total Uninstall re-reverse the install? In other words, when you have it reverse the install process does it store the reversal so it can put the program back just like it was? If not, it is a short term function only install a program and if you don't like it have the install reversed within a short time. That is limited utility IMO. If you aren't checking for shared programs and not backing up the uninstall you are asking for problems to reverse an uninstall after other programs are installed. Even if it stores the uninstall so it can re-reverse it you will have problems with constantly losing shared files if you put Total Recall on your machine after a clean Windows install and have it monitor all of the installs. If you later use it to remove one of the early installs you can almost count on other programs not working because of shared files being removed. So you have to re-reverse and use the regular uninstall anyway. Cleansweep monitors the install and does a good job of reversing. But it does a thorough job of checking for shared files and stores the uninstall so it can be reversed. You can safely uninstall a program you installed a year ago. You get what you pay for.
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