How to Uninstall Avast Antivirus in Windows?
According to users, when they try to uninstall the Avast antivirus software, they face certain unexpected errors like “setiface error”. Even after uninstalling the antivirus, some of its pieces are still left behind causing interference with the running of other existing software.
So we presume, it’s not so easy to get rid of the utility completely off your system. Thus we have divided the entire task into two categories, first uninstalling the main antivirus program (Primary Method) and then removing the unnecessary files associated with the antivirus in safe mode (Secondary Method).
The article guide will guide you through this step-by-step.
How to Uninstall Avast Antivirus (Primary Method)
Step 1. First of all, save all your documents, and close all the currently running applications in the background.
Step 2. Next, disconnect your PC or laptop from the internet.
Step 3. Look for the Avast antivirus tray icon on your desktop and right-click on the icon.
Step 4. From the drop-down menu on right-click, select “Avast Shields Control” from the provided list of options.
Step 5. Instantly your desktop will be grayed out. Choose the “Yes” button as soon as the “Component Stop” notification pops-up.
Step 6. Now comes the real task. Go to the “Control Panel” section, and scroll down the screen to locate the “Program” option and click on “Uninstall Program” blue link under the “Program” option.
Step 7. A list of all the so far installed utilities will be shown before you in a new operating Windows. Navigate down the list to locate “Avast Free Antivirus”.
Step 8. Click on the Antivirus option to just select it and click the “Uninstall” button at the top to uninstall it. You can also right-click on it to select the “Uninstall” option from the sub-menu.
Step 9. Click on the “Next” button.
Step 10. When the “Uninstall” alert notification box turns up, click on the “Yes” button.
Step 11. Select “Uninstall” again.
Step 12. While the uninstallation process is in progress, check the “Uninstall” option one more time and click on the “Continue” button to continue.
Step 13. Now just sit back and let the setup wizard complete the uninstallation process. Later on, when it gets finished (You will get the notification), click on “Restart computer” button to reboot your PC.
So this is the end of the first portion of the uninstallation process. Now comes the second part.
How to Uninstall Avast Completely (Secondary Method)
Many users don’t prefer to do this extra task for they consider it irrelevant or tedious. But I suggest personally doing this last part of the uninstallation task. There are many files or small software modules associated with the Avast antivirus which still linger in the backdrop. So getting rid of them is very important otherwise, they may damage your system afterward in many ways unseen to you. Once you remove these miscellaneous files, the uninstallation process is complete.
Follow the step guideline below:
Step 1. There is an uninstaller utility for Avast known as “avastclear”. You will get the tool on the official website of Avast Antivirus. You can click on the link below to get direct access:
Step 2. Download the tool and install it.
Step 3. Next, start your Windows in Safe mode which subside the unnecessary programs keeping active only the essential ones. This allows you to hunt down the remaining portions of the Avast Antivirus.
Step 4. Launch the recently installed uninstall utility.
Step 5. If you had installed Avast in some other folder than the local disk by default, the browse for it accordingly.
Step 6. Click on the “Remove” button and then restart the computer for one last time.
Apart from uninstalling the Avast antivirus, it is highly recommended by experts to uninstall specific optional software like Google Chrome, the Google Toolbar, etc. You can install them later on once Avast is uninstalled.
Other than installing any other antivirus program, the best way to protect your system is to update your system and security periodically or at least choose an antivirus firewall program which offers you more robust and reliable options to update the system security.
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