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.
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.
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:
Click Yes, Uninstall:
Wait until it's finished, it will take a few minutes:
I skipped it.
Click Restart Now:
When this is the case, choose it and click Uninstall:
You don't even have to restart after removing the main AVG app.
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.
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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