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Avast Antivirus Will NOT Uninstall! Is this a virus?


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#1 adamq

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:09 AM

Some time ago I installed Avast Antivirus. I had AVG at the same time as i installed it. Avast was not doing any good so i uninstalled it. During that proccess there was an error. The program still showed up in my toolbar so I downloaded a file that helped me with the removal. It worked, but now every time I start up my computer there is a red square in the bottom corner that says something about an avast error. Every time I click it a box co
es up that says avast would like to restart your computer. When I click yes my computer restarts then the box comes up again. I have Vista and I have repeatedly tried uninstalling avast but it just wont work. Please help. thank you

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:52 AM

Try this.




http://www.appscout.com/2008/12/appremover...itching_sec.php

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 06:42 PM

Hi adamq,


AVAST! Removal Tool
Download and instructions on use: http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-uninstall-utility.html.



Hope this helps. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:11 AM

Thank you both for your answers. I have successfully removed the red box with appscout. I tried the uninstall utility a while ago and it failed.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 10:10 AM

AppRemover is currently in beta

Please note that this program is a beta version of a product and not completely tested to ensure its stability or reliability.

What is beta software?

After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.

In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.


Beta version software is useful for internal demonstrations, testing and previews to select customers, but may be unstable and not yet ready for a release candidate stage. The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.

For more information about beta programs and software release stages, please read Software release life cycle.
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