WinXP superfluous virus protectors

May 20, 2008
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3
Elkridge, MD, USA
HELP needed to remove "antivirus" programs:
1/ AVAST. Operates annoyingly. No removal tools.
2/ Microsoft Security Essentials. Keeps inactive red logo even when alternate antivirus active.
This makes them viruses!
 
Apr 2, 2011
1,218
2
51
North Carolina, USA
Control panel, Add programs, select aVAST, select uninstall or remove, finish process. Restart computer.
Repeat for MSE....
 
May 20, 2008
3,520
3
Elkridge, MD, USA
Not in "Add or Remove Programs"... The "Avast" directory contents are not removable in TCC. REGEDIT cannot remove parts of Avast, either. I presume what's left of the Avast virus is loaded on log-in to prevent brute force .
removal

BRW, I succeeded in removing the Microsoft Security Essentials.
 
May 20, 2008
3,520
3
Elkridge, MD, USA
That did it. I had to start my system in "safe mode" to do it, messages are not clear, but it worked. My brain had to be refreshed - it was months since I did that, could not remember F8...