The Tools You Need to Uninstall Popular Antivirus/Security Software
Most security software companies will tell you it’s as easy as using Control Panel/Programs/Uninstall a program to remove their antivirus/security software. That’s what they’d like you to believe, but the truth is that if you uninstall most security software using Control Panel, you’ll end up with a lot of leftovers and even running services you don’t need or want.
We’ve compiled a list of programs offered by the security software companies that will help you completely remove antivirus/security software from your computer.
Avast Removal Tool
Note: Avast claims you must run this in safe mode, but we’ve successfully uninstall Avast from many computers just running it in normal Windows.
Removes most McAfee security products
Removes most Norton Security products
Note: This is called the Norton Remove and Reinstall Tool and that’s just what it will do if you’re not careful :It will remove Norton and reinstall it, unless you do this:
Double-click the NRnR icon. Read the license agreement, and click Agree.
Click Advanced Options. Click Remove Only.
Click Restart Now.
We use and recommend Emsisoft. When you purchase an Emsisoft license from this page, we’ll remove your old security software and set up Emsisoft correctly – all for the price of the Emsisoft license.