Antivirus Remover gets rid of security software that you cannot uninstall manually anymore

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 7, 2013
Updated • Sep 7, 2013
Antivirus, Security

Sometimes when you try to uninstall security software like the latest AVG Antivirus 2014 or Avast Antivirus 2014 which we have reviewed a couple of days ago,  you may encounter issues. The supplied uninstaller may not work properly anymore leaving traces of the program on the system after the removal.

There are several events that can cause this. Data corruption, a failed upgrade, a hard drive crash, or even malicious software that runs on the system, are just some of them.

While you can go ahead and clear the remaining files and Registry keys manually, it is usually not the best way to cope with the situation. First, you may overlook entries which remain on the system, and second, it simply takes a long time that is better spend doing other things.

Most antivirus companies make available uninstallers for their products that remove them completely from the system when the default removal does not run properly anymore.

All you need to do is visit the developer's website, search for the uninstaller, download and run it to resolve the issue that you are facing. This too may take time depending on how fast you find the removal program.

Sometimes, you may need to download multiple programs if several security solutions need to be uninstalled. This can be on your own PC, or a client PC that you need to fix.

Antivirus Remover

Antivirus Remover is a free program by Wilders Security Forums member Brocke that provides you with an easy to use interface to download and run antivirus uninstallers from many different companies.

It is suggested to run the program in Safe Mode with networking enabled, and the program will display a notification if you do not follow this suggestion.  It will still work though, but the chance of success may be higher if you run it in Safe Mode.

The program lists the available uninstallers by developer name. Just select the one that you want to download and run, and click the button afterwards in the program interface.

Downloads should not take long and the removal program should be started automatically once it has been downloaded to the system. Repeat the process for any other program that you want to remove this way.

Note that you may need to restart the PC after you have run a removal program.

The program is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Note that it may list 32-bit and 64-bit uninstallers separately, so make sure you download the right version for your operating system.

Please note that you need the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 for the application.


While it is possible to download and run the uninstallers manually, you may save a lot of time using Antivirus Remover instead. This is especially the case if you need to clean the system from multiple antivirus programs, or use the program regularly when you repair client PCs.


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  1. Brocke said on September 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Make sure your using the right version needed. Antivirus remover has two for mse.

  2. Sonny Starks said on September 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Spent over 6 hours (non-billable) trying to remove Microsoft Security Essentials as, we learned the hard way, it has no real-time protection. Tried everything listed in all forums and could not, for the life of me, seem to give myself the right “Administrative Privileges.” Even Linux knows a true “Root” permission is necessary sometimes!

    Even Microsoft’s supposed “Fix-It” would not work.

    Has “Antivirus Remover” been tested to remove “Microsoft Security Essentials” so I can get back to making a living?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Well it links to Microsoft’s official removal tools so yes, it may work for you as well. Give it a try at the very least.

      1. Brocke said on November 13, 2013 at 4:05 am

        Hello Martin,

        I just wanted to let you know that I’ve updated my program with lots of new features. Feel free in the future to review again :)

        thank you

  3. cjsavvy said on September 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I had got unknowingly installed with some sort of antivirus, while installing something else, with a name like 360 something, a Chinese software. It cannot be uninstalled with any convention uninstaller. Will this do the trick? Appreciate your response.

  4. Brocke said on September 8, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Thank you Martin for your Review.

    Many thanks for your support :)

  5. Brocke said on September 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Correct you need .net 4 framework installed

  6. Q said on September 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I tried to run the Antivirus Remover program, but the program failed to run.

    The software appears to depend on Microsoft .NET Framework.

  7. Phant0m`` said on September 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    safe to save in “While it is possible to download and run the uninstallers manually, you may safe a lot of time using”

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks, corrected.

  8. X said on September 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    The direct download link was removed by some forum admin.
    You can get the program at:

    1. Rick said on September 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Post #5 has the direct download link too.

  9. usdballum said on September 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  10. Tony said on September 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Where is the download link???

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Forgot, it is now added.

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