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, left-click on it, and select ‘Uninstall‘.

Locating Avast Antivirus within the Windows/Mac Installed Programs

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

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

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)

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

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.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2019 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).

Written by Paul B.

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

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  1. Marc Reply

    This method does not totally delete all previous license info. It seems that once a .lic file is used, that info is permanently embedded and cannot be removed even with Avast Clear.

    In others, even if I activate a new license file, the old info just reappears a few days later.

    My friend who also used Avast gave me his old pc. His license was about to expire so I activated mine but his info resurfaced a few days later despite using Avast Clear, uninstalling and reinstalling, etc.

  2. Kelly S Reply

    Paid for service for years. Horrible popup keep telling you to buy more Avast JUNK. Yes I PAID for the “Premium” service, don’t waste your money. I do software testing in my company and cannot get / keep my installs to stay in the “Safe / do not scan” list. Very difficult to uninstall. Support is MIA. Have recommended in the past, never again. Was a great service. NOT ANY MORE.

  3. Gary Reply

    Do not install avast. Big mistake.
    You can not uninstall it even using the avast uninstall program.
    I went through it twice now and it just seems to keep rebuilding.
    When I boot up my computer I now get a blue screen asking for my operating system choice and there is another option to uninstall the avast program.
    Can’t get rid of that screen either.
    Only option now is to wipe my hard drive and reinstall windows 10.
    Never again Avast

  4. Peter Hill Reply

    Have been using Avast on 5 pcs for many years. HOWEVER, will never use again and am sharing on FB how Avast 2016 is worse than a virus. Cannot uninstall using any method recommended by Avast, using command prompt, using programs in control panel, using the Avast uninstall software. Hours wasted. I hate the way Avast has taken charge of my pc. Never again Avast – this is one step too far.

  5. Carl Reply

    Wont allow me to uninstall without a password. Shamefull company, I have never even installed the software

  6. Gavriel Reply

    I have uninstalled it but it still saying me that I’m not protected please help me…

  7. BRIAN Reply

    Avast is the worst malware ever. Its pop up is designed to be virtually impossible to remove even using its so called utility removal tool. Shameful practice. As bad as any other hijacker!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. peter prewett Reply

    I just ran the appremover and it only found malwarebytes and had the avast popup twice since running.
    Why am I not seeing my comments listed?

  9. peter prewett Reply

    And there is still no answer from AVAST on how to delete their program.
    Their Clear program does not work and to continue to post the above is pointless.

    And there is no way of contacting the programmers.

  10. peter prewett Reply

    I have used the clear utility many times and yet I still get pop update utility.
    So the utility is useless.

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