Antivirus removal tools are a staple in every tech's toolbox. Why? You'll end up using them more than you think.

You should uninstall your programs, including antivirus programs, through Add/Remove Programs or you can use applications such as Wise Program Uninstaller or Ccleaner.

However, some antivirus applications do not wish to go down easily – *cough* Norton *cough*. This is where Uninstaller tools come in handy. Only use these tools if normal methods fail.

You should make sure you have a backup of your important files before messing with these tools just in case something happens. You should run these tools as admin If you are using Vista and beyond. This is simply done by right-clicking the executable and choosing “Run as administrator.”

Avast! -> Avast Uninstall Utility

Avira Antivirus -> Avira RegistryCleaner

AVG Antivirus/Identity Protection -> AVG Remover

BitDefender Antivirus -> BitDefender Uninstall Tool

BullGuard Antivirus -> BullGuard Uninstall Tool

Dr Web -> Dr Web Remover

eScan Antivirus -> eScan Removal Tool

ESET NOD32 Antivirus -> ESET NOD32 Removal Tool (all languages)

F-Prot 3.x -> F-Prot 3.x Removal Tool | F-Prot 6.x -> F-Prot 6.x Removal Tool

F-Secure Products -> F-Secure Uninstall Tool

G DATA Antivirus Cleaner -> G DATA AVCleaner

IObit Software -> IObit BitRemover

K7 TotalSecurity/AntiVirus -> K7 Remover Tool

Kaspersky Lab -> Kaspersky Lab Product Removal Tool

Malwarebytes -> Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Clean Utility

McAfee Consumer Products -> McAfee AV/IS Products up to 2010 32bit, McAfee AV/IS Products up to 2010 64bit, McAfee AV/IS/Titanium Products for 2011+ 32bit, McAfee AV/IS/Titanium Products for 2011+ 64bit | Note: 2011+ product uninstallers require a password, novirus.

Microsoft OneCare (XP & Vista) -> Windows Live Onecare Cleanup Tool

Microsoft Security Essentials -> MSE Fix-It tool

Norman Virus Control/Security Suite -> Norman Uninstall Tool

Norton/Symantec -> Norton Removal Tool

Panda Antivirus -> Panda AV Uninstaller | Panda CloudAV -> Panda Cloud Antivirus Removal Tool

Prevx 2.0/3.0 -> Uninstall Utility

SUPERAntiSpyware -> SAS Uninstaller Assistant 32 bit, SAS Uninstaller Assistant 64 bit

TrendMicro’s HouseCall -> HouseCall Cleaner

TrendMicro Products -> TrendMicro Uninstaller x86, TrendMicro Uninstaller x64

Vipre Antivirus -> Sunbelt Software Uninstall Utility

Webroot -> Webroot Spy Sweeper Consumer Cleanup Tool, Webroot Security Cleanup Tool

WinPatrol -> WinPatrol Removal Program

Zondex Guard -> Zondex Uninstall Utility

Zone Alarm -> Zone Alarm Uninstall Tool

Conclusion

That's it. The most common antivirus removal tools. This will make your job a lot easier.

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