Get Rid Of Old Anti-Virus Installs With ESET's AV Removal Tool

Having recently ditched the under-performing Microsoft Security Essentials for something better (in my case, the free edition of Avira), I know the pain of trying out new software. Anti-virus programs can sometimes be stubborn about removing themselves and if you're finding the ghosts of old AV apps lingering on your system, ESET has an all-in-one removal tool that can help.

It's a free download from ESET's website and comes in flavours for Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP. 32 and 64-bit executables are also available, so the popular Microsoft operating systems are all catered for.

Strangely, on my system the program detected Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, but Avira was missed. Looking at the list of supported apps for Windows 7, Avira does appear, but only up to version 13 — I'm running 15. So newer AVs haven't been incorporated yet, which is disappointing.

On the bright side, ESET also provides links to manual removal utilities for a number of anti-virus applications, so you'll hopefully be able to find the right tool for the job.

ESET AV Remover [ESET, via gHacks]


    But can ESET AV Remover remove ESET antivirus software?


    Every time I've removed AV software, I've found an uninstaller on the AV company's website.

      ah, but then have a manual nosey thu' the Registry and/or run something like cCleaner or Glary Utilities to see how much shite is left behind after those "uninstallers" have finished...

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