Unlike many other software, removing an antivirus program from a computer or mac might sometimes be a troublesome job. A security program spreads its root deep down into the system core for better functionality, and typical uninstallation doesn’t really uproot the whole program. If one plans to replace their antivirus with a different program, it would be necessary to completely uninstall the previous program to get the best output. Even upgrading into a newer edition could require the same. If you are upgrading into the newest version of Bitdefender antivirus, you should completely uninstall the previous version on your PC or Mac first. Following are the procedures to follow for the completion of this task.
Uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus from PC
This could be done in two ways on a Windows based computer system. Either using the uninstaller program available on the Bitdefender website, or using built in Windows uninstaller and later on cleaning off the remainders using cleaners like CCleaner.
Using the Bitdefender Uninstaller
Bitdefender uninstaller tool is an executable file that uninstalls the Bitdefender components from a computer system at easy, without bothering the user about all leftover files. It would simply uninstall the program first, later on the remainder files would be erased as well. The Bitdefender uninstaller file is available here, and it could be downloaded for free.
The uninstaller program guides the user through its steps and once the process is done, the uninstaller might prompt for a restart. Accept the prompt; as the restart is necessary for the changes to take place.
Using Windows Uninstaller
To use the Windows utility, head to Control Panel and find Programs and Features. Upon launching Programs and Features, wait till the new window populates the list of available programs on your computer.
Once the list is loaded, scroll down until you find the Bitdefender component. Select it and click on uninstall, the basic uninstallation would begin. This process would take few minutes, and a restart may be required for the process to finish.
After the restart, open a file cleaner like CCleaner on your computer. Find anything that is related to Bitdefender using the search box, and clean it off manually. Clean the registry and other folders as well. Restart the computer again.
This method requires more attention but could be more effective, depending on the skills of the user.
Uninstall Bitdefender from a Mac
To uninstall Bitdefender antivirus from an Apple Macintosh computer system, you need to download the specific uninstaller for Mac from here. This might take a while depending on the internet bandwidth the user have. However, once the download completes open the file and click on the ‘Check’ button on the new window that has appeared on the display.
The program will check for any Bitdefender installation on your Mac and when found, the user will be notified of the program with an Uninstall button. Confirm the action, a window might appear asking for your username and password. Enter and click ‘Ok’ to approve.
Both these methods are easier enough, only the uninstaller program is necessary. After uninstallation, get another antivirus program as soon as possible.