You should be aware that, if you uninstall Toad, it may not be uninstalled completely. When you use Toad, you create new files such as SQL scripts, data output, or temp files, etc. The following types of files are not removed when you uninstall:
- Any new files you create
- Any copies of files you make for backup purposes
- Settings files
Due to the de-installation procedure of Toad, it is rather common that installed software programs (e.g. new files as created by yourself or copies of files as created for backup purposes) are still found to be installed on a desktop/laptop/server during a software installation scan, as part of a software audit. This, while you may be 100% convinced of the fact that the software is actually de-installed.
We established already that Quest Software is performing many software compliance audits in EMEA and NAMER, so the question is not if you are going to be audited, but when is this going to happen.
If and when you are confronted with a Quest audit, you should – before sharing any data – have a clear view of your software compliance status internally. This means that it is important to have a clear picture of the actual installed Toad software programs on your devices, as well as their deployment and/or use; especially as the de-installation procedures are sometimes tricky.