Antivirus products have always been among the most difficult applications to uninstall completely with leftover bits and pieces often causing residual issues. It’s one of the main reasons most antivirus vendors provide specialist tools to help completely uninstall their products.
Back in 2015, we published an article that included links to most of these tools: How To Completely Remove Antivirus Software. Now I’m going to introduce you to Antivirus Removal Tool, free and portable software that takes the leg work out of hunting down specific tools. Not only does Antivirus Removal Tool help completely remove an existing antivirus but will also identify and remove bits and pieces leftover from previous antivirus uninstalls.
Antivirus Removal Tool Download & Usage
Antivirus Removal Tool download consists of a 173 MB zipped folder extracting to 221 MB. Yes, it is quite a large download but most of that 221 MB is down to the 28 included antivirus removal tools: Adaware, Avast, AVG, Avira, BigFix, Bitdefender, Comodo, Dr.Web, Emsisoft, eScan, ESET, F-Secure, G DATA, K7 Computing, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton, Panda, Symantec Endpoint Protection, TrendMicro, Total Defense, TrustPort, Vipre, Webroot, WinPatrol, and ZoneAlarm.
Antivirus Removal Tool (freeware) is a portable program to detect and completely remove antivirus software. It will help you to identify current and past installations, and it will provide you with the official specialized uninstallers. These are designed by the manufacturers of the antivirus programs to completely delete all files, drivers, services, and registry records left behind by the programs they produce.
The specialized tools designed to help completely remove antivirus software are updated on a fairly regular basis and Antivirus Removal Tool is also regularly updated to make sure the latest tools are always available:
Frequently updated: as a rule of thumb this program will be updated once every month, but it can also be updated more frequently whenever is necessary. It will automatically check for the existence of an updated version when it starts.
To run Antivirus Removal Tool simply double-click the extracted executable. You might receive a Windows Protected Your PC popup warning message. If so, click More Info and then click Run anyway.
Antivirus Removal Tool will automatically identify the currently installed antivirus software. Clicking the Search button will look for any leftover remnants from previous uninstalls and list same within the main panel.
NOTE: For best results, it is preferable to uninstall antivirus software from within Safe Mode.
Steps for uninstalling antivirus software using Antivirus Removal Tool:
- Boot into Safe Mode
- Run Antivirus Removal Tool
- Click the button (3) to uninstall via Windows Add/Remove Programs feature
- Restart and boot back into Safe Mode again
- Click the button (4), select the appropriate specialized uninstaller from the dropdown menu, and then click Run
- Once the specialized uninstaller has completed, you are good to go– restart in normal mode
- If you want to make absolutely certain there are no leftover remnants, run Antivirus Removal Tool again and click the Search button
It’s important to make sure antivirus software is uninstalled properly/completely and Antivirus Removal Tool can help achieve that goal. For more information, including FAQs and a direct download link, visit: Antivirus Removal Tool Home