There are certainly sheer number of security related software available out there to fight even the most obnoxious of viruses, malware, trojans, worms, spywares etc. Sometimes while switching to a new antivirus or anti-malware program, we want to first remove the existing security application. However, the Windows application uninstaller is not effective enough to remove every single bit of the installed anti-virus suite/application, and it often leaves behind various traces in the form of registry files and other preferences/settings file. Back in 2008, we covered an application known as AppRemover (reviewed here) to get rid of this nuisance, it’s an app uninstaller that allows you to remove any system security-related software within a few clicks. Since our review, the application has been completely revamped, and now it supports a wide range of system security solutions including McAfee, Kaspersky, AVG, Avast, Avira, ESET, GDATA, k&, Kingsoft, Panda, Symantec, Lavasoft, TrendMircro, TrustPort, Norman, Webroot, ClamWin and so on. We took a deeper look inside to see what changes the developers has made to this nifty little tool.
It’s worth noting that the application doesn’t look the same as it was four years back. The dev team has done away with the old black user interface. There’s a big application logo of the program itself with the company behind its development. Uninstalling a security application consists of a step by step wizard. The wizard includes a total of four steps (Detection, Select Products, Removal and Finished). When you launch the application, simply click Next to continue.
Next up, you need to select Removal Type i.e., whether you want to remove a security application (Remove Security Application) or wipe off a previous failed installation (Clean Up a Failed Uninstall). If you’re removing the security program for the first time, select Remove Security Application and click Next.
It will begin scanning for the available security software on your machine. Simply click Next to continue, when the scanning process finishes.
The program will auto detect the available security solutions, but if it fails to do so, you can click Applications not found? Try this button. Select the program you want to remove and click Next.
Now wait for the removal process to be completed. When the process finishes, you can click Start Over to remove another program or the Reboot Now button to complete the uninstallation process.
AppRemover has left us completely satisfied, although it was already a great tool, it now appears to be more polished and robust. It is a portable application and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported.