Updates Removal Tools for Common Antivirus Packages

McMcbrad

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Oct 16, 2020
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If you are someone who frequently tests and changes AVs, you might be surprised (or maybe not) to find out AV uninstall routines frequently leave loads of junk behind.
Sometimes they even leave drivers, which affect your boot time and might cause instability in various software actively in use.

After removing an AV with the standard Windows uninstall method, it would be best to run an official removal tool, that erases *some* of the debris, left behind.

Here are the removal tools for most common AVs out there.

Avast

AVG

Avira

Bitdefender

BullGuard

Comodo Internet Security

Dr. Web

eScan

ESET

FRISK F-PROT Antivirus for Windows

F-Secure

G Data

Kaspersky

K7 Total Security

LavaSoft

Malwarebytes

McAfee

Norton– After running the tool, click on Advanced Options and select “Remove only

Norton Studio

Panda

Panda Cloud Internet Protection

Rapport

SpyBot Search & Destroy

Sophos

Trend Micro
Trend Micro Titanium


Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Agent

Vipre

Webroot

Zone Alarm
 
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Gandalf_The_Grey

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I recommend and have used Antivirus Removal Tool:
Antivirus Removal Tool is divided in 4 sections:
1 – Identify the currently installed antivirus programs.
2 – Search for leftovers of past installations of antivirus programs.
3 – Uninstall using Windows built-in functionality.
4 – Run the specialized uninstaller provided by the manufacturer.
Especially option 2 is a great way of finding leftovers.
 
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