These problems have been encountered on various XP Pro installations (of my own) and many dozens of other XP installations (friends’, clients’ and vendors’). The OS breakage is inconvenient, leaving the afflicted box without virus protection and unable to access the net. What I paid for the software is dwarfed by the time wasted in debugging it. As I’ve talked to dozens of folks with the same problems, I seek to rid my systems all instances of AVG and to move on. Dozens of friends and colleagues would appreciate the help too.
After installation and use of AVG 8.5, OS breakage is commonplace; I've been through it with dozens of PCs (mostly XP Pro) on different networks. In a few cases AVG uninstallation and reinstallation has worked and we’re up and running again. However, in most cases, AVG's uninstall/reinstall tools fail. Typical result is an apparently functional AVG with crippled Internet Explorer, Outlook, Firefox, etc.
VERSION 7.1 CAN'T BE UNINSTALLED
This problem is especially ugly on machines that have been equipped with older versions of AVG. For example, after uninstalling AVG free and installing AVG 8.5, version 7.n cannot be uninstalled (not seen) by Windows or any of the following uninstallers:
AVG's uninstaller fails to fix the problem.
Microsoft's msicuu2.exe fails to fix the problem.
CCleaner 2.22.968 fails to fix the problem.
Revo Uninstaller fails to fix the problem.
Perfect Uninstaller fails to fix the problem.
ATTEMPTING TO INSTALL MCAFEE SECURITY SUITE IS NOT AN OPTION
Attempts at installing McAfee's Security Suite fail when AVG's remnants are detected. Best universal solution identified so far: OS reinstall.
Please advise as to a fullproof means of removing AVG Anti-Virus 7.1.
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