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Solved i need to uninstall avg 8.5

July 8, 2013 at 14:28:43
Specs: Windows Vista
I am trying to install mcafee virus protection but it won't install because of the avg 8.5. I have tried to uninstall but the steps don't work. Please help.

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July 8, 2013 at 15:16:40
AVG 8.5 is about 4 years old. I'm surprised you still have it installed rather than upgrading to AVG 9 > AVG 2011 > AVG 2012 > AVG 2013. It's so old that they don't even have the special removal tool on their utilities page anymore. I did find a thread on their forums from 2009 where a user requested removing AVG 8.5 and a staff member posted the direct link for it here:

You said you tried to uninstall but the steps didn't work. You didn't tell us how you tried uninstalling it, which steps you already took, and which steps didn't work.

I advise against installing a McAfee or Symantec (Norton) anti-malware program. You would be better off with Avast Free, Avira Free, or the latest version of AVG Free. Even Microsoft Security Essentials would be better. McAfee and Symantec have a long history of problems and overall inferiority in protecting against and removing malware threats.

Once you've selected your real-time anti-malware protection, please install both Malwarebytes Free and SuperAntispyware Free, then fully update and perform at least Quick Scans in each weekly. Both of these are on-demand scanners, which means they only update and scan when you tell them to.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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July 8, 2013 at 16:03:26
If you are still having problems after using the link provided by Xps86, here is a guide.

I also recommend not using McAfee or Norton.

I use MSE on every comp I work on.

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE )
System requirements
Can Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) protect me from online banking and shopping.
If you choose to use Security Essentials, please follow the steps in this thread first, especially the part about removing all existing realtime antimalware:
3. Remove ALL real-time anti-malware products that WERE EVER INSTALLED on your PC(Norton, McAfee, TM, AVG, avast, avira, MBAM (paid), etc). Uninstall your previous real-time antimalware. Then, use the removal/cleanup tools in this thread. Not only should you remove your current anti-malware product(s),you should also uninstall any free or trial anti-malware products that may have been installed on your PC when purchased, even if never activated. Some anti-malware products have their own firewall. Removing/uninstalling these products will (or should) enable the Windows Firewall. MSE will use the Windows Firewall by default. After removal and cleanup of all other anti-malware products,restart your PC andcheck that the Windows Firewall is ON. You can check the status of the Windows Firewall in the Security Center/Action Center of your PC, or via the Control Panel.
Check list for installing Microsoft Security Essentials
No cost, no hassle security software for your PC.

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July 8, 2013 at 16:38:47
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Avast free is my choice, much better than MSE and I install that on the majority of repairs I do...agreed...pass on McAfee and Norton...who said free isn't good?

Use the free revo uninstaller if the AVG one doesn't work...revo will delete ALL the registry entries so the new AV will work properly:

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds

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July 8, 2013 at 19:32:08
Thank you so much for the help. I really appreciate it. The steps I referred to are going to search, then the program, and selecting uninstall. I kept getting an error message.

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July 8, 2013 at 21:15:34

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