A Comprehensive List of Antivirus Uninstallers
Here’s a comprehensive list of antivirus removal tools (uninstallers) that you should use if you decide to remove your current antivirus program. We’ve found that trying to remove antivirus programs with Control Panel/Programs/Remove a program – or by trying to remove them via Settings > Apps > Apps & Features, many times results in an incomplete uninstall and quite often leaves services and processes running in the background even after uninstallation. Using uninstallers like Revo, Geek, HiBit, etc. may also leave pieces of the antivirus programs behind, especially protected services that can’t be shut down by normal techniques.
So, when removing an antivirus program, we recommend using the antivirus program’s own removal tool. It makes no sense that the antivirus vendor can’t provide the correct uninstaller with the program, but most of them don’t.
If you’ve got an antivirus program that you don’t like, or that is going to expire soon and you don’t want to renew it, or if you just want to change your antivirus software to something else, we suggest you use the right tool to remove the antivirus program.
Some of these programs have simple uninstaller programs and others have 32-bit & 64-bit versions or have special instructions for using the uninstallers or removal tools. When possible, we link directly to the removal tool, when that is not possible the link leads to a page of instructions and removal tool(s) for removing the antivirus application.
Wondering about the antivirus program we recommend? Emsisoft uninstalls cleanly from Control Panel or Apps & Features. In the rare event it does not, follow the instructions on this page to remove it.
Note: The instructions and antivirus removal tools listed on this page are for Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8x computers.