How to remove antivirus software

The best way to learn to remove antivirus software is by doing it. Your first smartphone was a challenge, wasn’t it? Do I turn it on or off? Do I have to pry the screen open with a spudger? What is that blue button for? You learned by doing. The same applies to removing antivirus software from your computer, however you may be curious as to which is the best application removal tool. If you are ready to start, we’ll begin with some information on how removal tools work and then jump into some of the best ones currently on the market.

It’s a common question: how do I get rid of this antivirus software? You’ve decided that you don’t want it anymore because it was getting in your way. Or, maybe you need to remove it because the license has expired. Either way, I’ll help you uninstall and get rid of it.

Removing antivirus software can be a tricky task, because it is a form of computer program. However, there are steps you can take to remove the antivirus software from your computer.

First, you need to locate the antivirus software on your computer. You can do this by opening up the Control Panel and clicking on “Uninstall Programs.” A list of all programs installed in your computer will appear on screen. Search for any programs with names like “McAfee” or “AVG” and uninstall them by clicking on the uninstall button located underneath each program’s name.

You should also ensure that no other forms of malware were installed alongside your antivirus software. If you suspect that there may be more malware on your system then run a virus scan using an online scanner such as https://www.virustotal.com/en/ If any additional infections are found then you can use the same process above to remove them as well!

To remove antivirus software, you first need to uninstall it from your computer. It’s important to note that antivirus software is not the same as anti-virus software. The latter is designed to scan for viruses on your computer and prevent them from infecting your files, whereas an antivirus program can do both of those things, as well as prevent malware from infecting your system in the first place.

Uninstalling antivirus software can be a little tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing, so we’ve created this handy guide that will walk you through the process:

1) Open up your Control Panel by pressing Windows + R on your keyboard, typing “control panel” into the Run command box, and pressing enter. Once there, find Programs & Features under System & Security and click on it.

2) Next click on it again to expand its contents. You should see two sections–one for applications installed on your PC and one for programs that are currently installed but not running yet (or even installed at all). If you don’t see these sections yet then click on View Installed Updates & Uninstall Windows Software update which should bring up both sections automatically after clicking on it once again.

Antivirus Program Uninstallation instructions for:

  1. Bitdefender
  2. AVG
  3. Avast Antivirus
  4. Avira Antivirus
  5. Norton Antivirus
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  7. Kaspersky
  8. McAfee Antivirus
  9. ESET Antivirus
  10. Panda Antivirus

1. Uninstall Bitdefender

Depending on whether you are using the trial or paid version, Bitdefender provides different uninstaller tools. Go to the official Bitdefender uninstall page, select the version, select the product type. i.e., antivirus, internet security, total security, etc., and download the uninstaller tool. Once downloaded, open the Bitdefender uninstaller tool and click on the “Uninstall” button.

It will uninstall all the Bitdefender products installed on your PC.

Bitdefender uninstaller

2. Uninstall AVG

Unlike Bitdefender, AVG gives you a straightforward tool to uninstall all AVG software. So, download the AVG Remover tool and run it. Click on the “Continue” button under the “AVG Remover” section and follow the wizard to uninstall AVG antivirus and other AVG software.

AVG uninstaller

3. Uninstall Avast Antivirus

Avast also provides a good uninstaller tool to uninstall Avast antivirus and its other software. First off, download the Avast uninstaller tool. Next, restart your system in Safe Mode.

Please navigate to the folder where you saved the uninstaller tool and open it. Select which Avast product you want to uninstall from the drop-down menu and click “Uninstall” to uninstall Avast antivirus.

Avast uninstaller

4. Uninstall Avira Antivirus

Avira Antivirus has no proper uninstaller software. Instead, Avira provides a Registry Cleaner. To uninstall Avira software, you have to manually remove all the related folders and then use the Avira Registry Cleaner to remove Avira registry keys. Thankfully, Avira has detailed instructions on using the removal tool and deleting its related folders. Follow those instructions, and you should be good.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?us_privacy=1—&client=ca-pub-8949749535570321&output=html&h=250&adk=3371612584&adf=1403247220&w=300&lmt=1659562906&psa=1&channel=8803439824&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwindowsloop.com%2Funinstall-antivirus-windows%2F&fwrattr=true&wgl=1&adsid=ChAI8NytlwYQ-_2K5sSSsO4KEj0A0HT5MMPizyMyFgXl62bQg62riANINjU1uSv7AFtHugdsJRgQYMWnrJrm63xRGJXlVp1pu02H1sQlbbEg&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiOC4wLjAiLCJ4ODYiLCIiLCIxMDMuMC41MDYwLjEzNCIsW10sbnVsbCxudWxsLCI2NCIsW1siLk5vdC9BKUJyYW5kIiwiOTkuMC4wLjAiXSxbIkdvb2dsZSBDaHJvbWUiLCIxMDMuMC41MDYwLjEzNCJdLFsiQ2hyb21pdW0iLCIxMDMuMC41MDYwLjEzNCJdXSxmYWxzZV0.&dt=1659627707590&bpp=3&bdt=33325&idt=3&shv=r20220802&mjsv=m202207280101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D788b1d70d1003eeb%3AT%3D1659627334%3AS%3DALNI_MYu63a2Lk69z9bobiz8UumBJmWhSw&gpic=UID%3D00000a724b559306%3AT%3D1659627334%3ART%3D1659627334%3AS%3DALNI_MbE5UieqR4boDEI1G8KcaL340iYww&prev_fmts=709×60%2C250x250&correlator=5683658080404&pv_ch=8803439824%2B&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=99042725.1659627679&ga_sid=1659627679&ga_hid=19346353&ga_fc=1&u_tz=60&u_his=50&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1&dmc=8&adx=329&ady=5603&biw=1349&bih=625&scr_x=0&scr_y=3300&eid=44759875%2C44759926%2C44759842%2C44763505&oid=2&psts=AEC3cPIZQ5eCIy-oWQL4TQUlR_YCoQQNewrh7fpf1Bm9djbCjDCgV1SoDzhQqJ7CaTzdE7jkgc53ORhoWRtrmCeX&pvsid=2000935466160549&tmod=648692549&uas=3&nvt=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C625&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&cms=2&fu=0&bc=31&jar=2022-08-04-15&ifi=4&uci=a!4&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=key3BC3Ckr&p=https%3A//windowsloop.com&dtd=14839

Avira uninstaller

5. Uninstall Norton Antivirus

Nortan provides Remover and Reinstall tool to uninstall all kinds of Norton software. Head over to the official support page and download Norton Remover and Reinstall tool.

Once downloaded, open the Norton Remover and Reinstall tool. Here, click on the “Advanced Options” link appearing at the bottom. Now, click on the “Remove Only” button and follow the wizard to uninstall Norton software. Once uninstalled, restart your system to complete the procedure.

Norton uninstaller

6. Uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

To uninstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, download Malwarebytes Cleanup Utility and run it. There is no complicated wizard whatsoever; it is a one-click uninstaller. It automatically detects and removes the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once removed, reboot your system. After rebooting and logging into the computer, Malwarebytes Cleanup Utility will prompt whether to download and reinstall Malwarebytes again. Click “No” if you don’t want to install Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes uninstaller

7. Uninstall Kaspersky

Kaspersky requires the Kavremover tool to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus or any of its other software. Download Kavremover from the official site.

Alternate link: https://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Uninstallers/Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-Remover.shtml

Note: if you can’t find the download link, it is because Kaspersky wants to make the task as difficult as possible by hiding the download link. Scroll down and expand the “How to use the tool” section to find the download link.

After downloading, run the application. Enter the captcha code, select the Kaspersky product from the drop-down menu and click the “Remove” button. That is it.

Kaspersky uninstaller

8. Uninstall McAfee Antivirus

McAfee lets you uninstall its software using the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool or MCPR tool for short. Go to the official support page and download the MCPR tool to uninstall McAfee antivirus. After downloading, run the application. Agree to the terms and enter the captcha. The removal tool will automatically detect and uninstall McAfee software.

It can take a few minutes to remove McAfee. Please sit back and wait while the removal tool is doing its thing. Once done, restart your system to complete the procedure—a full detailed guide on how to uninstall McAfee on Windows 10.

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9. Uninstall ESET Antivirus

To uninstall ESET, download ESET uninstaller, reboot your system into safe mode, and run it.

When prompted, type Y and press Enter to continue to detect ESET antivirus software. After that, press the Enter button again to uninstall ESET software.

For power users, ESET supplies advanced user commands. Use esetuninstaller.exe /help to see all the available commands.

ESET uninstaller

10. Uninstall Panda Antivirus

Uninstalling Panda Antivirus is very easy. Download the Panda Generic Uninstaller tool and run it. Click “Yes” to confirm system restart. The tool will automatically detect and uninstall Panda Antivirus. Once uninstalled, restart the computer again.

Panada antivirus uninstaller

Wrapping Up

Whenever you try to uninstall antivirus software, you should consider using proper uninstaller software specially designed to uninstall that specific antivirus software for clean removal. Generally, most antivirus developers provide a dedicated uninstaller to uninstall antivirus software in Windows. So, even if the above list didn’t cover the antivirus software you are using, a simple Bing or Google search will point you towards the proper uninstaller or removal tool. Alternatively, you can also contact your antivirus software support for detailed steps to remove it.

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