In order to protect ourselves against increasingly complex threats that put our PC at risk, several antivirus software use increasingly aggressive techniques to always be one step ahead of malware execution and possible security issues, therefore keeping us safe. When we decide to uninstall our PC’s antivirus, a lot of flaws and issues come flooding in. Sometimes, those issues are impossible to solve, prompting us to restore the PC so it can go back to normal.
I recently came across a PC on which the internet connection stopped working after AVG was uninstalled. It is unclear what the AVG uninstaller did. After the program was uninstalled, the PC stopped getting the IP address via cable and Wi-Fi. After trying all kinds of settings and possible solutions, nothing worked. The only way to solve the problem was to restore the PC to its factory settings to make it go back to normal while also keeping personal files.
If there is an antivirus on the PC and we want to uninstall it (to use Windows Defender, for example), we will tell you how we can do so while minimizing the chances of something going wrong.
How to uninstall AVG on Windows 10 correctly
Use AVG’s uninstaller
To remove the antivirus from our PC, we have three options.
The first one is by using AVG’s own uninstaller. We have to go to Windows 10’s Settings, then to Apps > Apps and features. We will look for the antivirus to uninstall it from there. By doing so, we will be launching the antivirus’ own uninstaller to remove it safely.
Once the assistant is done, we will only have to restart the PC. AVG will disappear completely once the PC is boot up again.
Use special tools to uninstall AVG
Besides the uninstaller, there are also several special tools to safely remove the antivirus from any Windows 10 PC.
One of the most renowned tools is AVG Clear. This app, which we can download from this link, will allow us to remove the antivirus from the PC. We just have to restart the system in Safe Mode and run it from there. The app will automatically detect the antivirus’ installation path and delete every file so there is no trace of the software once we restart the system.
AVG Remover is another similar app to remove AVG. This app, which we can download from this link, will also allow us to do detect AVG’s current installation path to delete every file. The process is entirely automatic. The antivirus will be completely removed from the PC in a matter of minutes.
After running the apps, we can confirm there is no trace of the antivirus on the installed apps list or in C:\Program Files. After uninstalling any antivirus, we must remember that Windows Defender will turn itself back on to protect Windows 10.