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Why Do People Have Issues Uninstalling AVIRA Antivir?


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Hi,



My AVG 7.5 updates have stopped indefinitely. I get a nag screen asking me to install 8.5 which I will not do because it slows my system down to a crawl. I already tried it...

Anyways I want to replace AVG with AVIRA ANTIVIR but before I do so I want to know why is it that so many people claim to have issues uninstalling it? I need to know just in case I choose to uninstall it if it's not to my liking. My pc skills are moderate so I would assume if it's not that tricky I could try uninstalling it myself. Just let me know what those issues are before I actually consider installing to take this risk.

Even reviews on cnet.com say it's tricky to uninstall but why? It's the #1 software on cnet.com and just beat AVG for the first time ever.




Thanks

Edited by superstar, 07 May 2009 - 10:05 PM.

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I don't know why, but I don't think it's a major problem. However, there's always the Uninstall Package.
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Just a warning.......I had trouble uninstalling the older version of Avira Antivir, (I wanted to install the new one). I had the problem that everytime I tried to install the new version it would tell me I still had some of the old version and it could not install.

I downloaded the Removal tool.......well the tool is a registry tool. It listed some registry entry's that did not belong to Avira. I told the experts at Avira about this and was told go a head and remove everything that was listed.

I tried to tell the folks at Avira that it was not a good idea and very bad advice telling people to remove everything this registry removal tool found. They never replied to that.....I wonder why?? :)

I used the research abilities that I have been learning at GU to research every registry line the removal program wanted to delete. I was really not to worried about the registry due to the daily backup that Erunt does.

After about 90 minutes of research and a little luck I was able to delete the correct entries.

I did try to leave a nice warning in the Avira forum as to how dangerous this tool could be.

As I mentioned the removal tool did find 4 registry entries that did not belong to Avira. I am not sure if this is and was the case with everyone who uses this tool.

Just wanted to pass this on....as we all know messing with the registry is a :) No...No. :)
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Registry fixes will be needed and if done correctly shouldn't be very hazardous. Back-up with ERUNT, and make system restore point. edit: If you are not sure of a registry fix, always ask BEFORE!

And before we start battling about the AVIRA AntiVir removal tool, we should take a step back and look at it again. Not all people will need to use it anyway.

Edited by piano9playa5, 10 May 2009 - 03:49 PM.

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You are most definitely right, piano9playa5. :) Most folks will not even need the tool.

I just wanted to pass on my hands-on experience with the removal tool. Might I also add that I am just as pleased with the new AVIRA Antivir as I have been in the past.
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