How to completely remove Kaspersky from your computer

How to completely remove Kaspersky from your computer

Sometimes the standard methods of removing Kaspersky antivirus from your computer, as well as the use of third-party uninstallers, make parts of the antivirus product remain on your system anyway and other antivirus not install, in some cases, they can other problems occur. Hence the frequently asked question of how to completely remove Kaspersky from your PC or laptop, which is what we are going to talk about.

This instruction on how to completely uninstall Kaspersky from your computer is suitable for users of Windows 10, 8.1, Windows 7 for the following versions of antivirus software: Kaspersky Anti-Virus any version, Kaspersky Internet Security different versions, Kaspersky Total Security and other products Kaspersky antivirus. It may also be useful: How to remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus if I have forgotten my setup password.

Uninstalling Kaspersky antivirus with standard Windows tools

First of all, you must remember that uninstalling any program, and even more so the antivirus from your computer, is not possible in any way simply by deleting the folder in Program Files. This can lead to very undesirable consequences, to the point of having to resort to reinstalling the operating system.

If you want to remove Kaspersky antivirus from your computer using the standard method, right-click the antivirus icon in the taskbar and select the context menu option "Exit". Then go to Control Panel, find Programs and Features, select a Kaspersky Lab product to uninstall and click Edit / Remove, and follow the instructions in the antivirus removal wizard.

Normally, if there are no problems with the installed software, the uninstallation is successful, but it is mandatory to restart the computer after it (some of the steps are performed after the restart).

In Windows 10 and 8, you don't have to go to the Control Panel for this purpose: open the All Programs list on the Start screen, right-click on the Kaspersky antivirus program icon and select "Uninstall" from the menu that appears at the bottom. The subsequent actions are similar: just follow the instructions in the installation utility.

How to uninstall Kaspersky completely using the official kavremover removal utility

If, for one reason or another, you have not been able to completely remove Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Total Security or Internet Security from your computer, the first thing to try is to use the official Kaspersky Lab Products Remover utility:

  1. Download the Kaspersky Products Remover utility from the official website at
  2. After the download is complete, run the downloaded file kavremvr.exe - this utility is specifically designed to remove specified antivirus products. Accept the conditions.
  3. Make sure that the utility correctly detects the Kaspersky antivirus and its version, enter the verification code and click the "Uninstall" button.
  4. Wait for the uninstallation to complete and make sure to restart your computer.
  5. This completes the removal of the Kaspersky antivirus from your computer.

Some nuances of the use of the utility:

  • In case you have tried to remove Kaspersky antivirus by other methods, but have not succeeded completely, you will see the text "No products detected, to force removal select a product from the list" - in this case, specify the program antivirus that was installed and click "Remove."
  • If the above option did not work, you can reinstall the same version of the Kaspersky product (to fix the installation) and then apply the removal utility - it should work.
  • If kavremover does not start or does not work properly for some reason, try using the utility in safe mode.

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Uninstalling Kaspersky using third-party utilities

Many users prefer to use third-party uninstaller utilities to remove programs, such as Revo Uninstaller and others. This is often justified, as they allow you to clean up those "queues" of uninstall software that remain after using standard tools. However, in the case of antivirus removal, it is the use of these programs that most often leads to the need to find an official utility to completely remove the antivirus product from your computer. Normally this is fine, but not always.

The reason is the built-in self-protection function of antivirus software and other features of antivirus software that are different from normal application software. It is these quirks that can cause a good but unofficial uninstaller to simply "corrupt" the installation instead of completely uninstalling it. However, this rarely happens: most software uninstallers use the official uninstaller that comes with the program as the first step, and only then clean up the remaining items.

I hope this article has been helpful to you. But if you have any difficulties, write in the comments.