Tech Tip: Removing Security Software, the Clean Way

By on June 26, 2012, 11:21 PM

Whether you just bought a new system with bloatware or you're just seeking greener pastures, you'll eventually have to uninstall security software. Unfortunately, that's not always as easy as it could be, especially with solutions on mass market retail machines. Shady business tactics aside, making security software tricky to remove increases the chances that clueless users don't mistakenly scrap their protection.

It can also wreak havoc if the same inexperienced user installs new security software without removing their previous solution. Fortunately, most companies provide tools and guides on properly uninstalling their products and we thought it'd be handy to provide a consolidated resource with links to removal tools and/or removal instructions.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Very Handy Link! Just sent it round our company so everyone knows about it

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

We've been using removal tools for years.

I've wrote some of them into batch files so a single execution does multiple removals at once.

Some of the older McAfee installs were a damn pain.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Have recently had trouble removing Trend Micro from 4 different computers. THANK YOU TECHSPOT!

I've used one before, but for Symantec, and didnt think to look for one for Trend Micro.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TECHSPOT FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER FOR EVERYONE.

p51d007 said:

Pretty much any time I buy a laptop, I set it up, then pull the hard drive, set it on a shelf with a sticker with the warranty expiration date, pop in a new clean drive and set it up the way I want. Gets rid of the junk and the junk security that comes with a laptop.

After the warranty is out, I wipe it and mirror the drive, throw it in the laptop case with my computer stuff, so if the drive crashes in the field, I can pop it out, throw in the backup and keep running. If a warranty problem appears, pop out the drive I installed, throw the original drive back in, and let the warranty process proceed without having to worry about any personal data being in the hands of the repair facility.

haryaaditia said:

nice tip,

and fyi ESET have a tool to remove their antivirus product it called ESET Uninstaller

here the link and how to guide.

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Coodu Coodu said:

We've been using removal tools for years.

I've wrote some of them into batch files so a single execution does multiple removals at once.

Some of the older McAfee installs were a damn pain.

Yeah, I have a whole section on my PortableApps framework memory stick just for removal tools. Especially CA, my god that is a vile piece of code...

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