how do I clean off the remnants of AVG software?

I have replaced AVG antivirus with a new program.  How do I remove the remnants of the Avg software?  The install programs list shows no AVG software but the AVG secure search is still on my search screen.


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Last updated November 12, 2018 Views 1,642 Applies to:

Use the AVG removal tool.

AVG Remover Tool (avgremover.exe; avgremoverx64.exe)


You may still have to check for hidden device drivers as AVG leaves these behind as well and the removal tool does not get them.

How to display hidden device drivers.

In order to show hidden devices:

  1. Right click My Computer and Select Properties
  2. Click Advanced tab
  3. Click Environment Variables
  4. Below the bottom Environment Variables window pane (System Variables), click New
  5. For Variable Name, enter devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices
  6. For Variable Value enter 1
  7. Click OK. OK to close My Computer
  8. Open Device Manager, click on View, select show hidden devices from the menu. Most of the orphans will be in non-plug and play drivers and the icons will appear grayed out. You can right click the grayed out driver and click uninstall.

Some drivers that are NOT grayed out are not needed as well, for example, AVG, Symantec and others. These should be uninstalled.


If you do not know what the driver is, Bing it prior to deletion so you understand what you are deleting.


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