How to Uninstall Heimdal Antivirus on PC and Mac

Heimdal Security offers a range of proactive security solutions, including its Antivirus product line. If you decide to switch to a different security suite, experience compatibility conflicts, or simply no longer need its protection, this guide will walk you through a streamlined uninstall process for Windows and macOS.

Before You Begin: Ensure Continued Protection

Remember, uninstalling antivirus software temporarily exposes your system to threats. Before uninstalling Heimdal Security, it’s essential to have an alternative lined up or be prepared to enable Windows Defender for a basic level of protection.

  • Alternative Antivirus:  Install your chosen replacement security solution before uninstalling Heimdal.
  • Windows Defender (Windows only): For temporary basic protection, consider enabling Windows Defender.

Uninstalling Heimdal Antivirus on Windows

Heimdal usually offers two primary methods for uninstalling its products:

Method 1: Standard Uninstall Process

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to Settings -> Apps (or Apps & Features).
  2. Find your Heimdal product(s) in the list (e.g., Heimdal Antivirus).
  3. Click “Uninstall” and follow the on-screen prompts.

Method 2: Heimdal Uninstaller (For Complex Cases)

  1. Visit the Heimdal support website. Search for “Heimdal Uninstaller” or the equivalent for your specific product.
  2. Download and run the uninstaller tool, following the provided instructions.

Uninstalling Heimdal Antivirus on Mac

  1. Open Finder and go to your Applications folder.
  2. Locate your Heimdal Antivirus application icon(s).
  3. Drag the icon(s) to the Trash (or Bin) and empty the Trash.

Troubleshooting and Additional Considerations

Occasionally, uninstallations do not go as smoothly as planned. If you encounter any issues, check your Task Manager (Windows) or Activity Monitor (Mac) for lingering Heimdal Security processes and force-quit them if necessary. 

You might need administrator privileges on your device for complete removal. If you have trouble using the standard uninstall process, specialized uninstaller tools might be available on the Heimdal support website. Always refer to their official documentation for the most up-to-date and product-specific instructions.

The Quest for Security Continues: Antivirus Alternatives

If you’re looking for a solid new antivirus, consider these options:

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: User-friendly protection with both free and premium versions.
  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus:  Powerful protection and a range of useful features.
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus: Lightweight and highly-respected for its advanced detection capabilities.

Uninstalling Heimdal Antivirus FAQs

I'm seeing remnants of Heimdal on my system. How do I completely remove them? 

While standard uninstalls typically handle most files, advanced users may want to explore typical program file locations for leftovers. Delete Heimdal-specific files with caution to avoid accidentally removing important system components.

The Heimdal support website may have additional resources or tools for thorough cleaning.

Does uninstalling Heimdal Security cancel my subscription? 

No, uninstalling the software itself won’t automatically cancel your subscription. You’ll need to manage your subscription separately through your Heimdal account or by contacting its customer support.

Can I downgrade my Heimdal plan instead of completely uninstalling it? 

If your reason for uninstalling is related to the features or cost of your current plan, check if downgrading to a different Heimdal Security tier is an option. This might allow you to retain their protection while addressing your specific needs.