Uninstall Avira

Avira offers various antivirus and security products, but sometimes, you might decide to switch to a different provider. Perhaps you’re experiencing performance issues, prefer a different feature set, or simply want to try a different solution. 

This guide walks you through uninstalling Avira products from both Windows and Mac.

Choose your uninstall method:

Standard Uninstall (For Basic Removal)

This is the most straightforward way to remove Avira Antivirus, but some leftover files might remain. For the most thorough removal, consider the Avira Uninstall Tool.

  1. Exit Avira: Locate the Avira icon in your taskbar, right-click, and choose “Exit Avira Antivirus.”
  2. Use Windows Uninstaller: Open your Start menu, navigate to Settings, and then select Apps.
  3. Uninstall: Find Avira Antivirus (or your specific Avira product), click “Uninstall,” and follow the on-screen prompts.
  4. Finish the job: Restart your computer to make sure all changes take effect.

Avira Registry Cleaner (For Thorough Removal)

Avira offers a dedicated cleanup tool to ensure all traces are removed:

  1. Download: Get the Avira Registry Cleaner from their support website.
  2. Run & Clean: Open the tool and follow the prompts. It will locate Avira remnants and allow you to delete them.

Avira Leftover Files (Advanced)

You might want to manually delete leftover registry entries to remove them thoroughly.

Editing the registry can have serious consequences if done incorrectly. Create a system restore point before proceeding, and only attempt this if you’re comfortable with system file changes.

  1. Open the Registry Editor (search for “regedit” in the Start menu).
  2. Warning: Incorrect registry changes can cause system instability. Proceed at your own risk.
  3. Navigate to the following registry keys:

4.  Right-click on any Avira keys located here and select Delete.
5. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Note: These are general locations. The specific registry keys might vary depending on the Avira product and version you installed.

Important: If you’re unsure about removing registry entries or experience any issues following the process, contacting Avira support or using a dedicated registry cleaner tool designed for antivirus remnants is strongly recommended.

How to Uninstall Avira from Mac

Avira’s presence on macOS is less extensive than that of Windows. Here’s how to remove their Mac offerings:

  1. Open Finder and navigate to Applications
  2. Locate Avira Antivirus (or the specific Avira product).
  3. Drag the application to the Trash and empty the Trash.

For deeper cleaning, search for Avira remnants in the following locations and delete them:

  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons

Having Uninstall Issues? Here’s How to Troubleshoot

  • “Avira is still running.” Make sure Avira is completely closed, including background processes. Check Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) if needed.
  • “Files cannot be deleted.” This also might be due to active processes. Restarting in Safe Mode can help.
  • Uninstaller errors. Ensure you’re using the appropriate Avira removal tool. Contact their support for persistent issues.

Reinstalling Avira

Changed your mind and want to reinstall Avira? Here’s how:

  1. Visit the Avira download page: The latest installation files are on their official website.
  2. Install the desired product: Choose the version of Avira you want to reinstall and follow the on-screen instructions.

Remember: If you had a paid Avira subscription, you might need to reactivate it after reinstallation. Check your Avira account or contact their support if needed.

Great Alternatives to Avira

Need a replacement? Consider these excellent options:

  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus: Powerful and user-friendly with features like ransomware protection and a password manager.
  • Norton 360: Comprehensive suite with a secure VPN, parental controls, and more.
  • Malwarebytes: Lightweight but robust malware protection, with both free and premium versions.

Differences Between Uninstalling Avira Products

The core uninstall process is largely similar to Avira’s different products. However, there are a few things to consider:

  • Avira Free Security Suite: This bundle might require uninstalling individual components separately (Antivirus, Phantom VPN, etc.).
  • Avira System Speedup: This system optimization tool should uninstall using standard methods.
  • Browser Extensions: Remove Avira browser extensions (Safe Shopping, etc.) directly through your browser’s settings.

Important: If you’re unsure which products you’ve installed or are facing stubborn uninstallations, refer to Avira’s official support website or contact their team for assistance.

Uninstall Avira FAQs

Reasons to uninstall?

Performance issues, preference for another antivirus, or simply deciding protection is no longer needed.

Is it safe to uninstall?

Yes, but ensure a replacement antivirus or Windows Defender is ready before removing Avira.


Will uninstalling cancel my subscription?

No, you’ll need to handle cancellations separately.