WinXP superfluous virus protectors

May 20, 2008
3,515
4
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
1,541
13
54
North Carolina, USA
Control panel, Add programs, select aVAST, select uninstall or remove, finish process. Restart computer.
Repeat for MSE....
 
May 20, 2008
3,515
4
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
3,515
4
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...