Sometimes the Uninstaller for AVG Anti-virus 2011 fails to work in Add/Remove programs AVG uninstaller or the AVG uninstaller shortcut in the AVG sub-menu in Windows start menu in Windows taskbar, and you can’t uninstall AVG which happened to me while trying to uninstall AVG 2011 antivirus with the regular AVG 2011 antivirus uninstaller which came bundled with AVG 2011 Free antivirus when I installed it on Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.
AVG has a standalone uninstaller program for AVG 2011 which will work for uninstalling AVG 2011 if your computers AVG 2011 uninstaller which comes with AVG fails to uninstalls AVG 2011.
I used AVG uninstaller program called avg_remover_stf_x86_2011_1184.exe for Windows 32bit Operating System which completely deleted AVG’s files, programs, services, and registry keys off my computer running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
AVG remover is available for both 32bit and 64bit versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.
AVG_Remover will automatically remove all of AVG files, settings, and Registry files made by AVG when you run avg_remover_stf_x86_2011_1184.exe by double clicking on it with your mouse
A black command prompt/MS-Dos program will show up when I click on the AVG_Remover file. You should be logged in with an Administrator Windows user account before running AVG_Remover, or Windows might not let you run it. If you use Windows 7 or Vista, you need to accept the UAC/pop-up windows before the AVG complete install can begin.
When AVG_Remover is done uninstalling AVG, it will make a log file called AVG remover on your desktop.
Make sure to download the right version of AVG for your computer. If you use a 32bit Windows operating system like Windows XP Home or 7 Home Premium 32bit, download the 32bit of AVG Remover version. But, if you use a 64bit Windows operating system like Windows 7 Professional 64bit, download the 64bit version of AVG Remover.
I recommend you only download the AVG antivirus uninstaller from the AVG official site since there are some fake AVG antivirus uninstaller programs which are actually virus, spyware, and malware program which will infect your computer instead of uninstalling AVG 2011 antivirus from your computer.
Tip: if you have another antivirus installed before uninstalling AVG, disable or uninstall your antivirus before running AVG Remover, so it won’t block AVG remover from removing AVG 2011 uninstall task. Some 3rd party firewall software like Comodo might also block the AVG 2011 uninstall process from running, so you should temporarily disable your antivirus and firewall software before you uninstall AVG 2011 with the AVG remover program.
After you uninstall AVG 2011. Restart your computer. After you restarted your computer, you should install an Antivirus like AVG 2012, Microsoft Security Essentials, Comodo Anti-virus, Avast, Avira AntiVir, or Norton on your computer with an administrator Windows user account. But, only install one antivirus on your PC since having two antivirus will cause computer problems like slowness, and both antivirus become broken, and fail at protecting your computer from virus, and malware programs infecting your PC.
If any antivirus or program uninstaller fails, I recommend you read my article at johnsonyip.com/wordpress/2009/06/29/good-programs-for-helping-remove-unwanted-programs/ which recommends great software for removing failed uninstall programs.
You can download AVG_Remover at www.avg.com/us-en/download-tools
Revo Uninstaller is also a great all-in-one uninstaller program which you can download at www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html to use to uninstall programs which have failed at uninstalling a program with the programs default bundled uninstaller.
If you want to completely remove AVG and all your old files related to other Antivirus which you installed in the past, programs, Windows, Virus and Spyware infections, and currupt registry keys, you should do a Clean install of Windows.
First, you need to backup “ALL” your “Important” files to a USB external hard drive, DVD-R blank disc, another computer connected to your network, or with a Ethernet Network Crossover cable, USB data transfer cable, etc.
Secondly, you want to gather all your software CDs and keys which did not come with your computer.
Lastly, you want to start your computer from your recovery CD or Partition if you own a computer made by Dell, HP, Acer, etc. If you built your computer yourself, you need to start your computer from your Windows install CD by leaving your disc in the CD drive during computer start up, and following the Install wizard for Windows to reinstall Windows.
Now AVG and all the non-Windows software is completely remove from Windows, and Windows has been cleaned installed. You should copy your files from your backup drive back to your computer drive, and install your antivirus like AVG 2012, and other third party software.