How to Uninstall Kaspersky 2016 - The Complete Illustrated Guide

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Exit Kaspersky before uninstalling

Operating System: Windows 10

Antivirus version: Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2016

Uninstalling Kaspersky antivirus and all of its security tools completely, requires you to remove them one by one using the Windows software removal.

The good news is that the order doesn't really matter, and no traces are left after you complete uninstalling Kaspersky.

If you want to uninstall only part of the Kaspersky apps and keep others, you need to follow the process below only for the security software you want to remove.

Important: Don't begin uninstalling before you download another antivirus installation from our list of recommended virus protection software:

 

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How to Uninstall Kaspersky Antivirus

  1. First and foremost, click the Kaspersky icon in your Windows task bar and exit the application:

     

    Exit Kaspersky before uninstalling

    Exit Kaspersky

     

  2. Kaspersky will ask you if you really want to do that.

    You need to click Continue:

     

    Confirm you want to exit Kaspersky

    Confirm that you want to shut down Kaspersky

     

  3. Open the start menu, choose Settings > System > Apps & features and locate all the installed Kaspersky software.

    In my case, I only have 2 installed apps: Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Secure Connection.

    Choose one of the installations that you'd like to remove and click Uninstall.

    I elected to remove Kaspersky Secure Connection first, and I'll be back for the Anti-Virus later:

     

    Kaspersky software in the Apps and Features menu

    Installed Kaspersky software in the Apps and Features menu

     

  4. Windows will ask for confirmation to run the uninstaller.

    Click Yes:

     

    Windows user account control prompt

    Windows prompt before activating the uninstaller

     

  5. When the Kaspersky Setup application opens, click Continue to begin the removal process:

     

    Begin uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

    Start uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

     

  6. You can save your personalized settings before you remove the rest of the software in case you'd like to use it again in the future, and you have configurations you don't want to be lost.

    Choose whether to tick the checkbox according to your needs and click Next:

     

    Save operational settings before uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

    You can save operational settings before uninstalling

     

  7. This is the last chance to reconsider, but if you're certain you can now uninstall this Kaspersky program by clicking Remove:

     

     

  8. The uninstaller will remove this Kaspersky software.

    It might take a few minutes:

     

    Uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

    Uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

     

  9. Once the operation procedure is complete, you need to restart your computer.

    Better sooner than later, so click Yes when prompted:

     

    Restart your computer in order to complete the removal

    Restart your computer to finalize the removal

     

  10. Now that I'm done uninstalling the Secure Connection software I'm back for the Anti-Virus. (Just like I promised)

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

    Locate all Kaspersky Anti-Virus - in my case it's all that's left to remove - and click Uninstall:

     

    My Kaspersky Anti-Virus installation

    Locating my Kaspersky Anti-Virus installation

     

  11. Once again, Windows will ask you to confirm running the uninstaller. Click Yes:

     

    Windows user account control prompt

    Windows prompt before activating the uninstaller

     

  12. Now Kaspersky Anti-Virus will ask for your additional confirmation. Click Accept:

     

    Confirm that you want to uninstall Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Confirm that you want to remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus

     

  13. The wizard will open up and you need to click Next to begin the process of uninstalling Kaspersky Anti-Virus:

     

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus setup wizard

    Begin removing Kaspersky Anti-Virus

     

  14. You can choose to keep different settings saved in a configuration file if you plan on re-installing Kaspersky antivirus in the future.

    I chose to remove all settings, but you need to check the relevant boxes according to your intentions.

    After you selected what to keep, click Next:

     

    Save your settings before uninstalling Kaspersky antivirus

    An option to save your configuration before uninstalling

     

  15. Kaspersky antivirus will be uninstalled right after you click Remove:

     

    Kaspersky antivirus is ready to uninstall

    Kaspersky antivirus is ready to uninstall

     

  16. Give the process a few minutes to finish and don't interrupt it:

    Now, you might start seeing Windows warning popups, but you can ignore them until you finished performing all the steps outlined in this guide.

     

    Uninstallation in progress

    Kaspersky is being uninstalled - wait for it to finish

     

  17. Lastly, click Yes when the setup prompts you to restart your computer; don't postpone it!:

     

    Restart your computer to complete removing Kaspersky antivirus

    Restart your computer

     

That's all, folks - you're done!

I have to give props to Kaspersky for the cleanest and easiest uninstall process so far except for perhaps Bitdefender, which offers an even smoother removal process.

Other antivirus software will try to scare you into reconsidering, but these guys don't take it personally and allow you to remove their software in peace.

Now that you removed it, it's time to install your new antivirus software as I recommended in the beginning of this guide.

Don't stay exposed!

If you still haven't, go get a new antivirus right now and install it.


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By Dennis Z

Privacy fanatic & online marketing guru

A millennial privacy freak who wouldn’t normally even put his first name anywhere, not to mention his last name or his photo. Having learned basic programming at the advanced age of 11, computers have always been a part of his life in every aspect.

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