March 16, 2014 at 1:11 am #38576
Sometimes people have to remove and uninstall their Antivirus software for some reason or another. It could be because you are having problems with it or maybe you have more than one anti-virus installed. Either way, it is best to consult the software developers instructions to un-install, just in case you mess up your computer by removing something that you really shouldn’t.
How to Uninstall Antivirus Software
Of course there are always the usual ways to remove a software program from your computer, but sometimes it is best to see the true instructions before proceeding. Your Antivirus software also might not be able to be removed through the normal channels, so here are some other options.
Before Uninstalling Programs
Stop! Before adding or removing any programs on your computer you should backup your files and data to a safe place. You should also set a restore point in Windows. It would also be good to run these tools from within safe mode. See what tools you can use in safe mode.
Uninstall Antivirus Software Tools
http://www.appremover.com The free AppRemover utility enables thorough uninstallation of antivirus and security software, public file sharing applications, toolbars and more. You can see a list of application this software can remove. This is a great tool to use when no other tools are available for a particular program.
Revo Uninstaller When removing a program through the Windows features such as Add or Remove Programs, registry items are left behind that can sometimes cause problems. This is where Revo Uninstaller comes in.
Remove Antivirus Software
Microsoft Security Essentials These are simple instructions but also include extras just in case you have errors.
Avast Uninstall Utility I have used this one. The reason was that I had a problem with Avast and you can’t install a new copy of the software until the program is removed completely. That includes all registry entries.
- Download avastclear.exe on your desktop. (That link will download from Avast.com)
- Start Windows in Safe Mode
- Open (execute) the uninstall utility
- If you installed avast! in a different folder than the default, browse for it. (Note: Be careful! The content of any folder you choose will be deleted!)
- Click REMOVE
- Restart your computer
AVG Remove Utilities This link takes you to a page where you will see a list of tools to download to remove AVG. You will need to know if you have a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system so you can download the right tool. All AVG user settings will be removed after the uninstall process is complete, as well as content from the Virus Vault and all other items related to AVG installation and use.
Kaspersky Removal Tool>In order to fully remove the installed Kaspersky Lab product, use the kavremover utility (the utility deletes all activation data and you will need to activate an installed product copy once again).
Avira Registry Cleaner This tool basically just removes the registry entries for the Avira Software.
McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool This link is a direct download from McAfee. You simply have to remove the program through Windows and then use this tool to cleanup afterwards.
Malwarebytes Please see How do I uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware? These are full instructions to remove Malwarebytes. The pro version stores a regiration entry in the registry that is located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware for Windows x86 32-Bit and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware for Windows X64. The freeware version requires the MBAM cleaning tool to remove completely.
Comodo Internet Security There was no real tool or instructions for removing Comodo Internet Security but I did find a tool that seems to be working but is not endorsed by comodo itself. See the tool here.
Norton Removal Tool Use the Norton removal tool to remove Norton Products from your computer.
Please note that there are many different software tools available and if your program is not listed here simply “Goolge it” and find the instructions or tools from the manufactures website.
Mitz from Tips4pc
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