Uninstall Surfshark Antivirus

Surfshark is a popular VPN provider, but did you know it also offers an antivirus program as part of its Surfshark One security suite? While Surfshark Antivirus bolsters your online security, there might be times when you decide to switch to a different antivirus solution or forego antivirus protection altogether. Maybe you found a better deal, experienced compatibility issues, or simply don’t need it anymore.

Regardless of the reason, this guide will walk you through two methods for removing Surfshark Antivirus from your Windows device. We’ll cover a quick uninstall option and a more thorough method for a cleaner removal.

How to uninstall Surfshark Antivirus fast

This is the fastest way to get rid of Surfshark Antivirus from your Windows device, but it might leave behind some residual files. For the cleanest uninstall, skip past and keep reading.

  1. Right-click the Surfshark Antivirus icon in your Windows taskbar and choose Quit.
  2. Click on the Start menu, navigate to Settings, and then select Apps.
  3. Locate the Surfshark Antivirus app in the list.
  4. Select Uninstall and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process. Remember to restart your device to finalize the changes.

How to uninstall Surfshark Antivirus cleanly

Important: There is currently no dedicated Surfshark Antivirus Uninstall Tool. However, you can still achieve a clean removal by following these steps:

  1. Manually remove Surfshark Antivirus files and folders.
  • Open File Explorer.
  • Navigate to the following directories and delete any Surfshark Antivirus files and folders:
    • C:\Program Files\Surfshark Antivirus
    • C:\ProgramData\Surfshark Antivirus
    • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Surfshark Antivirus
    • C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Surfshark Antivirus (Replace <username> with your actual username)
  1. Remove Surfshark Antivirus entries from the registry (optional).
  • Important: Be cautious when modifying the registry, as changes can cause system instability. Create a backup of your registry before proceeding.
  • Open the Registry Editor (search for “regedit” in the Start menu).
  • Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Surfshark Antivirus.
  • Right-click on the Surfshark Antivirus key and select Delete.

Troubleshooting common uninstallation errors

While uninstalling Surfshark Antivirus is generally straightforward, you might occasionally encounter some snags. Here are a few common errors and solutions:

  • Error: “Surfshark Antivirus is still running.” Make sure the program is completely closed. Right-click the Surfshark Antivirus icon in your Windows taskbar and select Quit. Use the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) to end any Surfshark-related processes if it’s still running.
  • Error: “Files cannot be deleted.” This could also indicate that Surfshark Antivirus processes are still active in the background. Use the Task Manager to ensure they’re not running before trying the uninstall process again.
  • Registry Errors (Advanced):  If you encounter issues while editing the registry (deleting Surfshark Antivirus entries), then restore your backup and contact Surfshark Support for guidance.

Important: If you continue to have trouble uninstalling Surfshark Antivirus, contact their customer support for further assistance.

Uninstalling Surfshark Antivirus from a Mac

Surfshark Antivirus is a Windows-only application, so there is no need to uninstall it from a Mac.

Great Surfshark Antivirus alternatives

In search of a replacement antivirus? Consider these strong options:

  • Norton 360: Robust security with extra features like a secure VPN, parental controls, and cloud backup.
  • McAfee Total Protection: Provides internet security for all your devices and includes a password manager, file shredder, and more.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus: Easy-to-use antivirus with excellent protection, anti-phishing tools, and system optimization.

Uninstall Surfshark Antivirus FAQS

Why should I uninstall Surfshark Antivirus? 

Users might choose to uninstall if they find another antivirus more suitable, experience performance issues, or decide an antivirus is no longer necessary.

Is it safe to uninstall?

Yes, it’s safe to remove Surfshark Antivirus. However, before uninstalling, ensure you have an alternative antivirus solution or Windows Defender enabled.

Will this also remove the Surfshark VPN? 

No. Uninstalling the Surfshark Antivirus app component will not affect the Surfshark VPN app if installed separately. Check out our Surfshark VPN removal guide for more details.

What if the uninstallation has problems? 

If you encounter issues during the process, contact Surfshark support for further assistance.