How to reinstall the avast! Endpoint Protection client
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Today we will present a quick guide to answer this question:
How can I correctly reinstall the avast! Antivirus client?
Whether you’ve used avast! Antivirus for a long while, manage a large organization, or simply installed the wrong product, it is imperative that you understand the correct uninstallation procedure before installing a different avast! Antivirus product.
The following guide will help you through the process.
- 1. Navigate to add/remove programs, and uninstall the relevant avast! Antivirus product.
- 2. Download avastclear.exe from here, and save it to your desktop.
- 3. Start Windows in safe mode. (Safe mode is an operating mode that uses only the most fundamental driver and application set required to start the operating system.)
Windows XP, Vista, 7
To get to safe mode in Windows XP, Vista or 7 – Restart your machine, and continuously tap the F8 key. You will then be presented with an Advanced Options Menu, where you can chose to boot from safe mode.
To get to safe mode in Windows 8 – Go to the start screen and type Advanced into the search field. When the search results appear, click the settings category and navigate to the Advanced startup options screen. Clicking restart now will take your computer directly to the advanced startup mode, from there click troubleshoot, then at the startup settings menu press F4 to enable safe mode. Your machine will then restart to safe mode.
- 4. Open the avastclear.exe file you downloaded, and navigate to the root of the previous installation directory. Ex: C:\Program Files\AVAST Software.
- 5. Click remove and restart your machine.
Using the add/remove programs in Windows is not always 100% effective
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