While we definitely recommend staying with Avast Antivirus, some of you may want to uninstall Avast and go with another security. Or you just want to remove Avast and install it again (re-install).
Anyway here is a step-by-step guide how to completely remove Avast antivirus from your machine running on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP or even Mac OS X. As you can see below, it’s not that easy and it includes lot of steps – five actually.
This guide works for all Avast antivirus solutions: Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security, Premier, or Free Mac Security.
1. Locate Avast Antivirus in the Windows/Mac Programs and Features
Then you should see a list of all programs installed on your machine, simply find Avast antivirus, right-click on it, and select ‘Uninstall‘.
Locating Avast Antivirus within the Windows/Mac Installed Programs
2. Start the Avast Uninstall Process
On the Avast Setup window click on ‘Uninstall‘ (orange button at the bottom).
Starting the Avast Antivirus Uninstallation Process
3. Confirm the Uninstall Process
When prompted confirm the uninstall process is legitimate action by clicking on ‘Yes‘.
Confirming the Avast Antivirus Uninstallation Process
4. Confirm the Uninstall Process (Again)
Now Avast offers a really last chance to keep it. If you go with the ‘Renew your Avast Free Antivirus’ option, it will register you for one year.
But you probably want to go with the uninstall, so just click on the ‘Uninstall Avast’ button.
Confirming the Avast Antivirus Uninstallation Process (Again)
5. Wait Until the Uninstallation Process Finish and Restart Your Computer
Finally the uninstall process should begin now. You can just wait now. It should take only a few minutes. After it finishes click on the orange button ‘Restart computer‘ or the link below ‘Restart later‘ if you plan to restart manually.
Avast is Now Completely Removed and Only Windows Restart is Needed
Uninstallation Using the Avast Uninstall Utility
If you are not able to remove Avast using this standard procedure, you can try to use the Avast Uninstall Utility which is fully automatic and removes all the leftover files from your system.
Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.
Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).