You can easily uninstall antivirus software like Avast much like any other program from your current version of Windows. Windows 10 and 11 make dedicated uninstallation tools largely a thing of the past. To remove Avast, you usually just need the Add/Remove Program interface. Avast and Windows will double-check to make sure it’s you that issued the uninstall command. If you’re just switching to a different antivirus, Avast offers a passive mode that will keep Avast around as an exclusive on-demand malware scanner. Here are different ways to uninstall Avast Mobile Security from your Windows operating system. Choose the method you find easiest.
This is the best-recommended way to remove Avast from your laptop. You simply use the removal tool Avast provides for you.
The tool is called Avast Uninstall Utility, which you can find it on Google.
Follow these steps to successfully uninstall Avast using the Uninstall Utility tool:
- Open your browser.
- Type “Avast removal tool” in the Google search box.
- Choose the Avast Uninstall Utility link that relates to your location.
- Click on the “Download avastclear.exe” option and the file will download within seconds.
- Click the downloaded file to run it.
- A window will show up asking if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, click “Yes.”
- Give it a couple seconds for the Avast Antivirus Clear window to finish loading.
- You’ll be asked whether you want to run the tool on Safe Mode, choose “Yes.” Clicking “No” might result in some trouble using the tool. So, it’s better to choose “Yes.”
- You’ll then be notified that your laptop is about to restart. Click “Yes” to restart your laptop.
- Wait until your laptop restarts and load your device as normal.
After the restart:
- Your device might take you directly to a Microsoft support tab on your browser. This is just to let you know that you’re running on Safe Mode. Since you don’t need this tab, you can go ahead and close it.
- You’ll find that the Avast Uninstall Utility tool is running on its own. A window will pop up to welcoming you.
- From the drop menu on this window, select the version of Avast installed on your laptop.
- If you’re not sure which version you have, leave the box unchanged and the tool will do its thing.
- Make sure that the Installation Program Directory and the Installation Data Directory are correct.
- If you’re not sure what they are, leave them unchanged. Usually, by default, the tool gets them right.
- Click the green “Uninstall” button, then give the tool some time to do its work.
- You’ll now get a window that tells you that the product is successfully uninstalled. It’ll also ask if you want to reboot your laptop now or later. It’s best to reboot it right away to make sure Avast is fully deleted.
- After rebooting your device, check to see if the Avast app is still there. If the app usually starts by itself and now you don’t see it, then you know it’s been successfully uninstalled.
- To double-check, go to Settings and select Apps. if you don’t see it in the apps list, then you’ve deleted it completely.
- Another way to ensure it’s gone is to go to the Control Panel and select Programs and Features.
- If it’s completely gone, then Avast should no longer be on the apps list.
If you don’t want to download the Avast Uninstall Utility tool, then this method is your best alternative. You just uninstall the tool from the Control Panel directly.
Here are the steps to successfully uninstall Avast from your Windows from the Control Panel:
- From the Start Menu, open the Control Panel by typing “Avast Uninstall Utility tool” into the search box.
- Go to Programs and Features.
- Scroll down until you find the Avast Antivirus app.
- Click on the app and choose the Uninstall option.
- A configuration screen will show up with Update, Modify, and Uninstall options. Click the Uninstall button.
- Another window will show up. This time it’s an uninstall confirmation window. Select “Yes.”
- The uninstallation process will start now. Give the uninstallation process some time to complete the job and fully delete everything related to the Avast app from your laptop.
- When the process is complete, a window will pop up letting you know that it’s done. It’ll ask you to reboot your device. Choose Restart Computer.
- Restart your laptop normally. Then check to see if the app is still there through the Control Panel.
- Find out if the Avast Antivirus app is still in the list of applications in the Programs and Features.
Here’s another simple method not so many users know about. We include it for you to give it a shot because it might prove easier than the methods above.
Follow these short steps to delete Avast Mobile Security in Windows from AppData.
- From the Start menu, type %appdata% in the search box and click Enter.
- Click the file that pops up.
- Click on Appdata.
- Look for the Avast Antivirus folder and right-click it.
- Then, select Delete.
- Reboot your device to complete the uninstallation process.
- Start your laptop normally and check to see if the app is still on your system through the Control Panel or Settings.
Whether you’re uninstalling the Avast app using the Avast Uninstall Utility tool or from the Control Panel, you might get an uninstallation survey. This is normal and optional.
If you have the time, you can give them your feedback as to why you want to uninstall the app. You can also skip it of course.
When you get to this window, normally you can’t cancel your uninstallation command. After clicking uninstall and verifying your order, you get asked if you want to reboot your device.
Always click Yes, as this will make sure that everything related to the Avast application is fully deleted. Otherwise, the uninstallation process might not get completed.
A word of advice, it’s important to have an antivirus program running on your laptop to make sure it’s protected. At the very least you want to use Microsoft Defender.
It activates on its own and takes over when there aren’t other antivirus apps running on your computer. To make sure that your device is clean from any threats using the Microsoft Defender:
- Go to Windows Security from the search box on your taskbar.
- Choose Virus & threat protection.
- If you see “No action needed”, then your Windows operating system is free from threats.