Uninstall AVG Free AntiVirus on a Mid 2011 iMac (Mavericks)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Joe Duffer, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. Joe Duffer macrumors newbie

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    I made a huge rookie blunder by downloading this AVG POS in the first place.

    My beautiful new (to me) iMac will not hardly move (slow).

    Could someone PLEASE instruct on how to uninstall?
     
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  5. Joe Duffer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I believe I successfully removed/uninstalled AVG AV as per DeltaMac's instructions.

    This was done before I saw the response by GGJ, which calls for a manual deletion.

    Thanks to you both! :)

    Do you suppose there still may be some residue left from the original download?
     
  6. oldhifi, Apr 24, 2014
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    ccleaner works wonders

    https://www.piriform.com/mac/ccleaner

    uncheck cookies..


    use ClamXav
     
  7. Joe Duffer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Manual Deletion

    I struggled through the manual deletion method (rookie mac user) and found a few more AVG related files.

    I deleted these and my iMac is back up to pre-AVG speed. :)

    Thanks again everyone...

    Cheers,
    Joe
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you elect to use such apps, be aware that in most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
     
  9. oldhifi, Apr 24, 2014
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  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it is true. I've tested most of those apps, including CCleaner, many times over the years and have proven that they don't remove all app-related files, despite what any advertisement may say. If you want to use it, that's up to you, but it won't remove all files related to apps you delete.

    As for the "tuneup" functions of the app, you don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.
    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.
    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.
     

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