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Ciaran Moore - May 31, 2010

Sometimes when you install antivirus software, it penetrates deeply into your computer, spreading roots everywhere: with its Windows services, startups, drivers, etc. That’s OK when you are using the program. But when uninstalling the program, its important every trace of it gets uninstalled otherwise you could face problems later.

At the most unproblematic you might have orphaned elements, still launching up during booting, consuming RAM and system resources. Dependant on what these are, you may also see PC stability issues, crashes or unforeseen errors. But the real complication can come when other antivirus programs discover these remnants. For example, you could have security programs refuse to install because they think your old antivirus is still on the computer, even though its actually removed long ago.

You could try to resolve this manually. A good way to start could be to search your computer for folders or files related to the antivirus leftovers: But this could be a time consuming and potentially dangerous way of doing it.

You don’t want to suddenly find that your PC will no longer boot. Not even into Safe Mode, not a fun day!

If you would prefer a less complicated and safer life, then, it could be a better idea to get some third-party help in the shape of AppRemover. This ingenious tool requires no installation, so it won’t clutter up your computer even further. And while you run it, AppRemover can scan for failed uninstalls of all the main security software: avast!, AVG, Avira, BullGuard, Computer Associates, Eset, F-Secure, IObit, Kaspersky, Lavasoft, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Microsoft, Panda, PC Tools, SOFTWIN, Symantec, Trend Micro and more. If it discovers any leftovers on your PC, then point, click, and the program will remove them forever, setting free valuable system resources and preventing further conflicts with other security programs.

Download AppRemover at

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