How to Uninstall AVG Antivirus 2016 without Leaving a Trace

Operating System: Windows 10

Antivirus version: AVG Protection PRO 2016

This guide will demonstrate how to uninstall AVG completely from your computer, which is apparently not trivial.

Before you begin, I implore you, download another antivirus installation file and have it ready to run as soon as you've completed the last step of this guide.

Simply visit our list of the best antivirus software, and choose the one most suitable for you.

How to Uninstall AVG Completely

Depending on the AVG product (or bundle) you have installed, you will need to remove different components.

Make sure you follow the steps accurately and don't jump the gun - the order of your actions here actually matters

The most important point I need to make is that you have to remove all the components of AVG antivirus before you uninstall the main application.

Let's begin:

  1. Open the start menu and choose Settings > System > Apps & features.

    There, locate all the AVG apps, and choose one which is not named just AVG.

    You need to remove all the other products before you remove the main AVG installation.

    In my example below I have AVG and AVG Protection installed.

    I began by choosing AVG Protection and clicking Uninstall:


    Apps and Features under the System Settings

    Locate AVG in your Apps and Features menu


  2. At this point you get the user account control prompt where you confirm that you want to run the AVG setup and uninstall the software.

    Click Yes:


    Windows user account control prompt

    Click Yes when prompted


  3. On the next screen you need to choose Uninstall:


    Repair and Uninstall screen

    Click Uninstall to remove AVG completely


  4. And after that you must confirm that it's not a mistake and you really want to uninstall AVG.

    Click Yes, Uninstall:


    Confirm uninstall

    Confirm you want to uninstall AVG


  5. Now the process of removing AVG from your computer will begin.

    Wait until it's finished, it will take a few minutes:


    Removal in progress

    AVG is being removed from your system


  6. Here you can choose to leave feedback, which will open in a new browser window or you can simply skip this step.

    I skipped it.


    Feedback option

    You can leave feedback if you like


  7. Regardless of the option you choose in the previous step, you will reach this screen and will be prompted to restart your computer.

    Click Restart Now:


    Uninstall complete - restart required

    Restart your computer to complete this phase


  8. Now, once your computer boots up, you will need to repeat the process for all the AVG software you have installed until only the main AVG application remains.

    When this is the case, choose it and click Uninstall:


    The main AVG app in the installed apps menu

    Locate the main AVG app


  9. So once again, there's a prompt by Windows and you click Yes:


    Confirmation prompt

    Confirmation prompt - click Yes


  10. Choose Uninstall:


    Uninstall or Repair

    Choose to uninstall AVG completely


  11. Confirm by clicking Yes, Uninstall:


    Confirm uninstall

    Confirm your choice again


  12. Wait until the process is complete:


    AVG is being uninstalled

    AVG removal in progress


  13. Click Finish:

    You don't even have to restart after removing the main AVG app.


    Uninstall complete

    Uninstall complete - no reboot required


  14. Now, this next bit is important if you don't want to have AVG's scattered remains all over your computer:

    Open the start menu again, and go to Settings > System > Apps & features.

    Type in "avg" in the search bar, and you might find what I found - installation/s of Visual Studio 2012 redistributables (or another year) by AVG technologies.

    The reason for this, is that AVG needs visual studio, and if you don't have a Microsoft Visual Studio software installed on your system, AVG will install its own because it can't run without it.

    Sadly, the uninstaller doesn't remove this and it stays on your computer.

    You can keep it, but it's just clutter after you've removed AVG so best remove it.

    Simply choose the first Visual Studio app, click Uninstall and let the small window that opens up finish and close.

    The first one won't disappear yet, but do the same for the second app nonetheless.

    Close the system window, and open it again, and both of these installations should be gone.

    For good measure, restart your computer one last time before you install another antivirus.


    Traces of AVG in the form of Visual Studio

    Traces of AVG in the form of Visual Studio apps


If you're following all the steps I outlined above but you're still having issues with uninstalling AVG, there's an alternative route AVG themselves recommend.

Go to this page on AVG's site, download the AVG Remover tool (under section [C]), and follow the instructions under the same section.

To conclude, even though it's not the easiest software to uninstall, you can remove AVG completely from your computer if you work carefully and pay attention to details.

Simply follow my guide step by step, and you won't have to uninstall AVG but the once.

And now, after you removed AVG completely, I once again remind you not to remain exposed online and to get an antivirus software from our list of recommended virus protection products.

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