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October 25, 2010 3:44:13 PM

I'm trying to install a paid subscription of Macafee and it says I must remove AVG 1st. I already removed AVG. Also, I ran ccleaner and cleaned out all temp files and prefetch data. I need to know how to removed all remnants of AVG please. Thanks very much.

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October 25, 2010 4:06:53 PM

You can try reinstalling AVG, and then uninstalling it using Revo Uninstaller. Use the moderate search to find and remove the registry traces.
http://www.revouninstaller.com/

I think paying for McAfee is not the best idea. It's not a real good AV, and you can get great protection for free. Check out Microsoft Security Essentials, and Avast.
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
http://www.avast.com/index
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October 25, 2010 4:53:47 PM

Thank you aford10! Totally agree with you, but it's my neighbor's and he has a large amount of company data on there. He feels safer with the paid AV's. I use free AVG and paid subscription of Malwarebytes and these work well together. But I've been told Microsoft's firewall is not that great. Do you feel that is true? Do you trust their firewall?
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October 25, 2010 5:55:46 PM

The MS firewall is decent.

I guess if paying $$ makes the neighbor feel safer, then so be it. You may want to mention that it was McAfee that put out that update a few months ago, that took down all the XP computers.
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October 25, 2010 7:55:10 PM

Oh gosh. I did not realize that about Macafee, yikes! Thanks for your opinion on Windows firewall. Regarding the original problem of uninstalling remnants of AVG, I took your advice and reinstalled AVG, then used "Revouninstaller" and it uninstalled AVG perfectly. Was able to download Macafee with no problems. Problem solved! Thanks for your help! As always, you're the best!
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October 25, 2010 7:58:21 PM

Best answer selected by ckmckee.
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October 25, 2010 8:08:08 PM

Happy to help.
Thanks for the vote. :) 
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October 25, 2010 8:16:19 PM

ckmckee said:
I'm trying to install a paid subscription of Macafee and it says I must remove AVG 1st. I already removed AVG. Also, I ran ccleaner and cleaned out all temp files and prefetch data. I need to know how to removed all remnants of AVG please. Thanks very much.


The best way to do it is to use the AVG removal tool:
http://www.avg.com /us-en/download-tools
take the spaces out of the above link
The best thing to do is to remove cleaners, sweepers, fixers, scanners, etc...and stop using all that stuff.
multiple security programs like that are going to cause problems...
TURN OFF anti virus programs and firewall, including shutting down windows defender if applicable.
Then delete from the programs list, any all security conflicting muck programs.
Then load professional all in one anti virus, I do not recommend the product that you planned to install. Is it too late to get your money back?
Activate, update, scan entire system with your professional security such as: Norton 360, Panda Internet security
When you are done, make sure the firewall and antivirus are turned back on.

Another acceptable technique:
push control alt delete and bring up task manager, click the processes tab
find the AVG or other offending processes running on the list
click the process and click shut down, hopefully the process will stop manually
after you stop the process, you may then delete the application in the usual manor.
this may be especially useful for programs that refuse to delete...
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