WOW I am having a hard time getting rid of Avast.
So far I have tried to uninstall the regular way, but to no avail. Then I tried http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
and it said that Avast is in Self Protect mode so it won't let me run the program. I went into Avast and unchecked the box that says self protect mode but it won't save the change.
I even bought and paid for Perfect Uninstaller, ran it, and Avast is still up and running on my laptop. So very frustrated.