Recently, we had shared an article on how to install Kaspersky Security 2017 in your PC. The process was easy and did not take much time, either. Same is the case when you have to remove Kaspersky from PC too. Suppose you have planned to change your antivirus software or want to repair the program.
First, you will need to remove it completely from your PC. Don’t worry – there are two methods you can follow for removing Kaspersky. In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide to uninstall Kaspersky from PC.
Method #1 — Using Kaspersky Removal Tool
Kaspersky Removal Tool is an official utility for removing Kaspersky Antivirus installation from your computer. Because it is developed by Kaspersky, the process is direct and complete. It needs to be noted that license information would be also removed while uninstalling Kaspersky from the device. If you are planning to reinstall the antivirus, keep the license info someplace safe.
First, you have to download Kaspersky Removal Tool from the official sources of Kaspersky. You have two ways to do that. Either, you can download the kavremovr.zip file.
You will have to extract these files then. Or, you can get kavremovr.exe, which is an executable file.
Once you have completed the download, you can launch the executable file.
Soon, you will see the End User License Agreement section. Go through the agreement and press ‘Agree’ to move on with the uninstallation process.
To check the authenticity of removal action, you need to enter a few details.
First, you need to enter the code from the given picture. It’s like a CAPTCHA image. You also have an option to generate another code. So, enter this code.
Second, you need to select the products to be removed. You can remove only one product at a time using the Kaspersky Removal Tool. Depending on what you would like to remove, select it from the drop-down menu.
Depending on system speed, the removal process may take a few minutes. After a few minutes, Kaspersky Removal Tool will show you the following message. As it says, you need to reboot your PC to finalize the uninstallation process. Click OK to reboot your PC.
Tada! You have uninstalled Kaspersky Antivirus suite using the official Removal Tool. As you just saw, the process is quite simple and straightforward. If you have multiple Kaspersky products installed, you need to remove them one by one.
Method #2 — Traditional Method
Well, this is the traditional method for removing programs from your Windows PC. Just follow them correctly to get that job done. You can use this method in devices running Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10.
Before uninstalling, you need to disable Kaspersky Antivirus from functioning. To do that, open the Taskbar menu. Right-click on the Kaspersky icon and choose ‘Exit’ from the options.
Now, you should see a prompt window from Kaspersky. It says that your computer isn’t going to be protected. Given that you are sure about removal, just click the ‘Continue’ button.
Now, go to Control Panel and choose ‘Programs and Features’. If you are on Windows 10, you can select it from Settings. In Windows 8 or older versions, you can follow the common method.
From the list of programs, you see, you have to select Kaspersky Total Security and click on the ‘Uninstall/Change’ button.
Once again, you will see a prompt window from Kaspersky. Just think once again about removing and click ‘Accept’ to go forward.
Now, you should be in the Kaspersky Total Security Setup Wizard. To continue, you have to press the ‘Next’ button.
You may have to provide a password if you have protected your Kaspersky Antivirus settings. Otherwise, you can simply continue.
Once you are in the ‘Saving Objects’ section, there is something to select. If you want, there is an option to save some of the total data from Kaspersky Antivirus Suite. For instance, you can save the Operational Data. This way, when you install Kaspersky Security the next time, settings will be restored. You also have an option to store Data Encryption.
Once you have made the selection, hit ‘Next’.
In the upcoming window, you need to hit the ‘Remove’ button. Once again, it may take a few minutes to complete total uninstall process.
As the last step, you will see the final window from Kaspersky Uninstall Wizard. You will have to reboot your computer to completely remove all the traces. If you are doing something important, you can do it later, though.
So, this is how you can completely uninstall Kaspersky from PC. These methods should work older and newer versions of the program. And, we really think that Kaspersky Removal Tool is the effective way to do that. It has fewer steps to follow and the un-installation is thorough as well. Either way, you get the job done in a few seconds.