Mar 252012
 

It is important to only have one antivirus program installed on a computer. Having more than one may seriously slow down the computer or cause Windows to become unstable, freeze or even refuse to start up at all.

Therefore you should always uninstall any existing antivirus program before you install another one. The usual method of uninstalling via Add/Remove Programs (XP) or Programs And Features (Vista and Windows 7/8) should work in most cases.

LAST UPDATED – FEBRUARY 2014

However, sometimes the uninstallation process itself fails and you can’t uninstall the antivirus program completely. Most antivirus companies produce a special uninstaller program (removal tool) to forcibly remove their software – even if it no longer works or does not appear in the list of installed programs.

The following is an up to date list of common antivirus removal and uninstall programs – in most cases you just need to download the removal tool, run it and follow the instructions to completely remove the antivirus program.

List Of Antivirus Uninstall Programs / Removal Tools

Read the info page for any special instructions. If an uninstaller fails, it may need to be run from within Safe Mode.

avast! 6InfoDownload – Note: must be run within Safe Mode
avast! 7  – Info - Download – Note: must be run within Safe Mode
avast! 8  – Info - Download – Note: must be run within Safe Mode
avast! 2014 (Avast 9) - InfoDownload – Note: must be run within Safe Mode

AVG 2012 (and earlier)Info – Download 32bit or 64bit
AVG 2013Info – Download 32bit or 64bit
AVG 2014Info – Download 32bit or 64bit
AVG Identity ProtectionInfoDownload

AviraInfoDownload - Note: cleans Windows registry only – after running this tool and restarting, reinstall Avira and you should then be able to uninstall it in the usual way

BitDefenderInfoDownload link

BullGuardInfo - Download – Note: zip file, extract (unzip) to run. This uninst.exe tool should also be located in BullGuard’s installation folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\BullGuard Ltd\BullGuard)

CA (Computer Associates) – CA no longer support these antivirus products as they were sold to Total Defense – a company which does not appear to provide a tool – try using the free Appremover program to uninstall.

ComodoInfoDownload – Note: this is a third party (Comodo user support forum) tool – it is not an official Comodo tool.

ESETInfoDownload – Note: must be run within Safe Mode

F-SecureInfo - Download – Note: zip file, extract (unzip) to run

G DataInfoDownload

K7 Total SecurityInfoDownload

KasperskyInfoDownload

MalwarebytesInfoDownload

McAfeeInfoDownload

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)InfoDownload (read the Info first)

NOD32 – Use the ESET uninstaller (see ESET above)

Norman SecurityInfoDownload

NortonInfoDownload

Panda SecurityInfoDownload

Panda Cloud AVInfoDownload

SUPERantispywareInfo – Download 32bit or 64bit

Symantec - Use the Norton uninstaller (see Norton above)

Total Defense - See Computer Associates (CA) above

Trend MicroInfoDownload (See the ‘Having problems removing Trend Micro’ section of the Info page for details – you may need to download the ‘Titanium Driver Removal‘ tool also)

Virgin Media Security (UK)InfoDownload – Note: may also need to run the second uninstaller here to remove VM Hub software afterwards

WebrootInfoDownload – Note: see Part 3 of the Info. May also need to run the second uninstaller here in Part 4 to remove the non-firewall parts of Webroot

Windows Live One CareInfoDownload – Note: Live One Care was replaced by MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials)

Zone AlarmInfoDownload – Note: must run as administrator if using Vista/W7

If you have an antivirus program that is not covered above (or find a broken link) let me know in the comments and I will try to update.

  9 Responses to “List Of Antivirus Removal And Uninstall Programs”

  1. Thanks for the list, will keep as a reference if needed

  2. great list thanks! i usually spend ages trying to find some of these when i most need them

  3. Been looking for an up to date list for english apps, thanks

  4. Pls i dnt knw if this anti virus exist but it was given 2 my sister as an assignment 4rm skul. pls what is the meaning of cpan anti virus

    • Never head of ‘cpan’ antivirus and a Google search reveals nothing so I doubt it exists – check back with your sister/school?

  5. hello,

    i m facing some typical problem. My avast antivirus date have expire and it not remove from control panel and Program file. what i do? Due to my Antivirus my system not working properly. so, plz give me some advise.

    thank You!!!!!!!

    Regards,

    Deepu Singh

    • use Avast uninstaller tool to remove it – see links to avast 6 + 7 above. click on info for details

  6. Total defense Internet security is not listed.

    • @first Op – it was listed under CA (Computer Associates) above who developed that product but sadly they have now sold it to Total Defense, a separate company which offers supposed ‘support’ (from iyogi) based in India…

      Total Defense support site (http://totaldefense.iyogi.com/?p=697) gives outdated links to uninstall tools – they point back to CA’s old site which no longer exists as CA washed their hands of it all.

      One option might be to try using Revo Uninstaller in safe mode to get rid of it – you may have to disable some of the Total Defense services using msconfig first. Last resort of course is to reinstall Windows :-(