Avast for Mac Won't Delete

Written by sebastian malysa
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Avast is an antivirus program developed by ALWIL software, servicing 100 million computer users worldwide with their award-winning program. Installing the program is exceptionally simple, although removing it can be bit tricky. Unlike Windows operating systems, Mac OS X doesn't come with a basic uninstalling program. This doesn't mean uninstalling is not possible; it just means it's done differently. With the right instructions, however, uninstalling a persistent program such as Avast is actually simple. With a few clicks of the mouse, you'll successfully uninstall the program in minutes.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Avast" icon found in the dashboard on the bottom of the screen.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Avast" tab found at the top left corner of the screen, and click on "Preferences...." to access "Avast" program settings and preferences.

  3. 3

    Click on the check box next to "Launch at start-up as a persistent application" to uncheck the box.

  4. 4

    Click the "Quit & remove persistence" button on the pop-up window that automatically opens, which is titled "Persistence Mode Off."

  5. 5

    Click on the "Avast" tab found at the top left corner of the screen. Choose the "Quit Avast" option.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Finder" icon found in the dashboard, and then click on "Applications." Find the "Avast" application icon and drag into the "Trash bin," which is found on the bottom right of the screen in the dashboard.

  7. 7

    Right-click on the "Trash bin," and then select "Empty Trash." Click on the "Empty Trash" button when prompted to confirm the action.

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