Avast Security for Mac is an anti-malware and antivirus software for Mac that offers protection from various security threats. Avast Security comes in two versions — Free and Pro. The Avast Security Pro version includes Ransomware Shield and Wi-Fi Inspector, which, paired with app’s core features, help completely protect your Mac from known threats.
Regardless of the version you pick up, upon downloading and launching Avast Security installer, you will notice (or not) that Avast attempts to get your permission to install additional unrelated apps — Avast SecureLine VPN and Avast Passwords. Long story short, if you’re inattentive and took up a bad habit of quickly clicking through installers, upon completing the installation, you will end up with a total of 3 Avast applications on your Mac. Needless to say, this adds on to the hassle of uninstalling Avast kit from your Mac computer. Don’t worry though, this guide has you covered.
Considering that it’s the Avast antivirus you meant to install in the first place, it only makes sense to begin by removing Avast bloatware which you were tricked into installing along with the main product.
Avast SecureLine VPN, for example, is Avast’s virtual private network software that helps conceal your actual location. VPN can be useful if you are trying to bypass location restrictions, e.g. access a service not available in your country, but it’s in no way something you should be using on the daily during your casual browsing. Moreover, if you ever had the need of keeping your location anonymous, you must have already found a VPN of choice and it’s probably a free one too. This leaves hardly any reason for SecureLine VPN to stay on your Mac.
Simply dragging the app to Trash won’t cut it, however, the folks at Avast were kind enough to include the uninstaller.
With Avast SecureLine VPN uninstalled, the next one in the line would be Avast Passwords. Avast Passwords is Avast’s take on the password managing services used to secure and speed up the use of your login information. Avast Passwords keeps all of your accounts’ login data in one vault protected by your master-password. Ultimately, it’s up for you to decide whether you need this service or not, and whether it makes sense to use Avast Passwords over its competition. Nevertheless, when you make up your mind to remove the service from your Mac, you will realize that moving the app to Trash will not suffice, much like in the case with SecureLine VPN. Here is what you have go to do:
You can also choose to permanently remove all data from your Avast vault, but make sure you have all the passwords backed up elsewhere before you do so.
Finally, with the unwanted software gone, it’s whether you still want to keep Avast Security for OS X installed that is up for debate. To no surprise, trashing the app from Finder > Applications does not completely uninstall Avast Security from your Mac. Instead, follow these steps:
You can also remove the entire Avast kit along with the VPN and Passwords apps using this uninstaller.
In conclusion, Avast does opt for a crafty scheme in attempt to market their products. However, even if you happen to fall for it, dealing with them is not painfully frustrating. Admittedly, Avast can’t seem to make up their minds about uninstaller locations, but by following the guides above you will have no trouble figuring out how to remove Avast software from your Mac.