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 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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