List of anti-malware product removal tools

List of anti-malware product removal tools

This version was most recently updated on 1/1/13.

List of anti-malware product removal tools

Forum contributor Kit Y created this list of anti-malware product removal tools for use on the Microsoft Security Essentials answers forum. Other forum members maintain it.

This document is intended for assisting those using Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It is also used to assist users with Windows Defender (WD) on Windows 8. However, a removal tool is a removal tool.

Anti-malware / Anti-Virus products often are not removed completely or properly when using “Programs and Features” (or “Add/Remove Programs”). It is possible that various services and/or drivers will still be active or installed, and will cause conflicts when another anti-malware product is installed. Therefore, you may have to use the manufacturer’s cleanup or removal tool to insure proper removal before you install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), or any other anti-malware product.

This document contains links to such tools. If your anti-malware product(s) are not listed, visit the support page of the manufacture to look for such a tool. Be advised that the link(s) provided below may change periodically. We will try to keep them current.

This list is not a complete or comprehensive list of all anti-malware removal products. The ones provided are frequently encountered on this forum. There are additional removal tools, and other lists:

If you are looking for a list of anti-malware manufacturers/products other than Microsoft to provide protection for your PC, this link will help:

If you need help installing MSE, refer to this checklist:

  • Checklist for installing Microsoft Security Essentials
See also  8 Tips on How to Protect Yourself Online

If you need help with Windows Defender on Windows 8, refer to this document:

  • Windows Defender on Windows 8 – Introduction and Frequently Asked Questions


The tools provided by the links below are used at your risk. They are for informational use, and there is no assurance of accuracy or correctness. Read the instructions carefully on those manufacturer pages, as uninstalling may remove license/registration files or keys. If you intend to reinstall any of these products, you may need this information.

NOTE: Links with an *asterisk are direct downloads.

Alwil Avast:

AppRemover (which can scan for and remove multiple anti-malware products):











Use mbam-clean.exe to completely remove Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


Microsoft Security Essentials:

Microsoft Windows Live OneCare:




PC Tools ThreatFire:


*Prevx 3.0 Removal Tool



Trend Micro:


How do Irun the Verizon Internet Security Suite Uninstall Tool (RPSUU.exe)?




Zone Alarm:


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