Avast 2015: Uninstallation methods

How to uninstall Avast 2015

There are two basic ways to uninstall Avast 2015, but in both cases, the procedure is quite simple:

Note:
In some circumstances uninstalling Avast 2015 and then reinstalling it can resolve problems created by a faulty initial installation.


Uninstallation of Avast 2015 from Control Panel

Regular uninstallation from the Control Panel is the simplest method.

  1. The method differs slightly according to which operating system you are using:

    Windows 8 | Windows 7 | Windows Vista | Windows XP


    Windows 8

    1. On the Windows 8 Start Screen or Desktop simultaneously press the "Win" + "X" keys on your keyboard and select Programs and Features from the menu displayed in the bottom left corner.
      Figure I. A

    2. Depending on the installed Avast product version, select Avast Premier, Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus, then click on the Uninstall/Change button in the bar above the listed programs,
      Figure II. A

      ...and then continue to the next step (2).


    Windows 7

    1. From the Start menu select Control Panel.
      Figure III. A

    2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program if you're using the default Category view,
      Figure IV. A

      ...or click Programs and Features if the Control Panel is switched into the Large/Small icons view.
      Figure V. A

    3. Depending on the installed Avast product version, select Avast Premier, Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus, then click on the Uninstall/Change button in the bar above the listed programs,
      Figure VI. A

      ...and then continue to the next step (2).


    Windows Vista

    1. From the Start menu select Control Panel,
      Figure VII. A

      ...or select Settings and then click Control Panel if you're using the Classic Start Menu.
      Figure VIII. A

    2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program if you're using the default Control Panel Home view,
      Figure IX. A

      ...or double-click Programs and Features if the Control Panel is switched into the Classic view.
      Figure X. A

    3. Depending on the installed Avast product version, select Avast Premier, Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus, and then click on the Uninstall/Change button in the bar above the listed programs.
      Figure XI. A

      ...and then continue to the next step (2).


    Windows XP

    1. From the Start menu select Control Panel,
      Figure XII. A

      ...or select Settings and then click Control Panel if you're using the Classic Start Menu.
      Figure XIII. A

    2. Click Add or Remove Programs if you're using the default Category view,
      Figure XIV. A

      ...or double-click Add or Remove Programs if the Control Panel is switched into the Classic view.
      Figure XV. A

    3. Depending on the installed Avast product version, select Avast Premier, Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus, and then click on the Change/Remove button which appears in the bottom-right corner of the highlighted selection.
      Figure XVI. A


  2. When the Avast Setup wizard appears, select the option Uninstall from the left pane, and then click Continue.
    Figure XVII. A

  3. Click Yes, when asked if you really want to uninstall Avast 2015.
    Figure XVIII. A

  4. After the uninstallation is successfully completed, you will be asked whether your computer should be restarted. Select Restart computer to reboot immediately, or select Restart later if you wish to reboot manually after finishing your work.
    Figure XIX. A

Once the computer is restarted, Avast 2015 should be correctly uninstalled. But please keep in mind that your computer is now without protection against malware and/or other kinds of malicious threats.


You can also find information about how to uninstall a program from the Microsoft Windows support pages for your operating system:

Windows 8/8.1 | Windows 7 | Windows Vista | Windows XP


Uninstallation of Avast 2015 using the Avast Uninstall Utility

If you are experiencing any problem with your computer which prevents Avast 2015 from being uninstalled via Control panel, you can uninstall it using the Avast Uninstall Utility while running Windows in Safe Mode:

  1. Firstly download the Avast Uninstall Utility from the Avast website:

    http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility

    ...and save the file avastclear.exe to your computer, where you can easily locate it (for example, your Windows Desktop).

  2. To use the tool successfully, you must start Windows in Safe Mode according to the instructions on the Microsoft website:

    Windows 8 | Windows 7 | Windows Vista | Windows XP


    ...or if you try to run the file while not in Safe Mode, Avast Uninstall Utility asks if you want to restart in Safe Mode.
    Figure I. b

    In this case, click Yes and then confirm Yes again. Your computer will restart in Safe Mode automatically.

  3. With Windows running in Safe Mode, right-click the downloaded file avastclear.exe, and choose Run as administrator from the context menu to execute the Avast Uninstall Utility.
    Figure II. b

  4. On the Avast Uninstall Utility screen enter or browse for the location of Avast program files (the default installation destination is already filled in). Then select the product edition to uninstall from the drop-down menu and click Continue.
    Figure III. b

  5. A yellow bar shows uninstallation progress for Avast 2015. Do not close the window during this time, or the uninstallation will not complete properly.
    Figure IV. b

  6. When the uninstallation is complete a confirmation screen appears. You must restart your computer for all the files to be removed completely. You can choose either to Restart computer (automatically) or Restart later (manually).
    Figure V. b

After the computer restarts, Avast 2015 is completely removed. But please keep in mind, that your computer is now without protection against malware and/or other kinds of malicious threats.


Conditions

Avast Premier 2015
Avast Internet Security 2015
Avast Pro Antivirus 2015
Avast Free Antivirus 2015

Operating systems:


Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition

We are sorry, unfortunately this article is not available in the selected language. Would you like to continue reading the article in the current language or go to our home page in the language you have just selected?

Continue reading Go to Home page

Free 24x7 Phone Support

US 1-866-951-7679

Free telephone support for installation, configuration, and trouble-shooting is now available for your Avast product. Call toll-free from the US. More details >>

We provide Free telephone support for the following issues with your Avast software* :

  • Fresh installation
  • Errors during install/uninstall
  • Configuration-related issues
  • Update-related issues

*includes only Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, Avast Pro Antivirus and Avast Premier

Already used our phone support?
Give us your feedback now!

X