In today’s world of computing the choice of security applications, that we are presented with, to use on our computers are astounding and is like picking apples from a tree. Years ago, the competition was a select few; however, the internet of today, where cybercrime is prevalent, has produced more security application options like never seen before. For example, names such as avast!, AVG, Avira, ESET, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Symantec, Trend Micro have become household names.
Where the problem comes into play is when you decide you want to switch the apples for oranges and change the security application(s) that you are currently using. What people do not realize, and I emphasize this, uninstalling (or removing security apps) is not the same as uninstalling normal software. Security applications are complex in nature, are viturally alive on your PC at all times (monitoring and scanning), write to the Windows registry (and your computer) in many places, and sometimes I truly think (due to the intense competition) the developer deliberately does everything possible to keep you from uninstalling it. As a matter of fact, from my own experience, I have found that the uninstall module built into these applications themselves will not even thoroughly get the job done and will even fail. Again, this is more likely due to the complexity of the app than anything else.
So what do you do?
You can research the uninstall process at the developers site; however that task alone is like looking for ticks. Many times the site will offer up an utility program to perform the uninstall; however, to the everyday computer user, the removal process described can appear intimidating.
The easy way of thoroughly removing a security app, providing the app is in the database, is to use a program called AppRemover.
AppRemover is a free utility that enables users to remove antivirus and other applications as well as left over files from incomplete uninstallations. There’s no more need to mess around with your registry.
AppRemover is very easy to use. Download, run, then follow the steps. AppRemover will scan your system and will walk you through the automatic removal of the security application; even applications that may have failed their original uninstall process.
Sample – Scan Results