Monday, December 21, 2009

Remove stubborn antivirus/antispyware programs with AppRemover

Sometimes security applications like antivirus and antispyware offer substantial amount of resistance against attempts to remove them from the system. Hence most antivirus program publishers make specialized removal tools available for users. These tools are not included with the programs but can be downloaded from the publisher site.

AppRemover is a free utility that was made to replace different removal tools from different antivirus and antispyware publishers. AppRemover enables users to complete remove all traces of antivirus and other applications as well as left over files from incomplete or failed uninstallations.


AppRemover is able to remove security applications from the following publishers:

  • AhnLab (V3 VirusBlock Japanese)
  • Anonymizer (Anti Spyware)
  • AVG (Internet Security, Anti-Virus)
  • Avira Antivir
  • Beijing Rising (Rising Antivirus)
  • BigFix (AntiPest)
  • Bsecure (D-Link Secure Spot )
  • BullGuard
  • CA (eTrust Antivirus)
  • Cat Computer Services Pvt. Ltd. (Quick Heal)
  • Check Point (Integrity Agent)
  • ClamWin
  • EarthLink
  • eEye (Digital Security Blink Professional )
  • ESET (Nod32)
  • Frisk (F-Prot)
  • F-Secure
  • HAURI, Inc. (ViRobot Expert)
  • Javacool (SpywareBlaster)
  • Kaspersky
  • Kephyr (Bazooka Scanner)
  • Lavasoft (Ad-Aware)
  • McAfee
  • MicroSmarts (LLC Spyware Begone)
  • Microsoft (Live OneCare)
  • Norman
  • Panda
  • PC Tools (Spyware Doctor)
  • Safer Networking (SpyBot Search & Destroy)
  • SOFTWIN (BitDefender)
  • Sophos
  • Symantec (Norton AntiVirus, EndPoint Protection)
  • Tenebril (SpyCatcher Express)
  • Trend Micro (PC-Cillin Internet Security)
  • TrustPort
  • Webroot (Spy Sweeper)

AppRemover is a standalone EXE file. Just double click the file to launch it. AppRemover will first scan the computer and list the security applications installed. Now choose from the list the ones you want to get rid off and AppRemover will do the rest.

Related: Remove stubborn Windows applications


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