3 Ways to Remove ESET and Smart Security from Windows 10 Systems

It’s common knowledge that if you’re going to be using your computer to surf the internet at any given time, you should make an effort to protect your system with antivirus and anti-malware programs. There are multiple such programs available on the market – some premium and some free – but one of the most popular (and seemingly effective) programs used for this is ESET’s NOD 32 or Smart Security.

NOD 32 works diligently to protect your system from viruses, while Smart Security provides you with real-time protection while you surf the web. Even if you’re a relatively new computer user, installing the software is as simple as following the prompts that you’re provided with.

The problem is, only the trial is free and the program isn’t the easiest to remove from your system. Whether your trial has just expired or you’ve decided to try something new, here are three methods you can use to make sure that every component of ESET and Smart Security are removed from your system.

Traditional Uninstall

This is the easiest and probably most widely used method for uninstalling these, or any other, programs from your system. First, you’ll want to find the program that you want to uninstall; in this case, that means that you would go to ‘Start’, then ‘Settings’, then ‘Apps’. From there, scroll down until you see ESET Smart Security and then click on ‘Modify’ or ‘Uninstall’. These steps should bring up a window similar to the one below:

Since you’re wanting to get rid of the program, you should choose ‘Remove’ from the options. You’ll then be prompted for a reason to leave; click whichever one applies to you and proceed. In almost every case, your computer will need to restart before the uninstall is complete.

If when your computer restarts you don’t see ESET, you’re good to go. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, there are components left behind that can end up interfering with any new antivirus software. If you happen to notice that you still have ESET running once you’ve restarted, you’ll have to try again using one of the following methods.

Third-party Uninstall

Since your system wasn’t able to get rid of all of ESET’s components on its own, you might have to rely on a third-party software to take care of the rest of the job for you. There are numerous such applications out there, a lot of which are available for free. Any one of them should work, but for the purpose of this demonstration, we’re going to show you what it will look like if you use IObit Uninstaller.

Once you’ve downloaded IObit Uninstaller from IObit’s website, scroll through until you find ESET’s Smart Security. Check the little box you see next to it and then click ‘Uninstall’. On the next screen, you’ll be prompted to create a restore point before continuing; it’s always a good idea to click ‘yes’ anytime you’re asked this because it helps give you a cushion to fall back on if things unintentionally go wrong with the uninstall. After proceeding to the next step, everything should be ready – Select ‘Powerful Scan’ to ensure that you rid your system of anything ESET-related and choose ‘Delete’ on the following screen. By the time this program is finished doing its work, ESET Smart Security will be nothing more than a memory to you.

Manual Uninstall

In nearly every case, the uninstall should be complete by the time you’re finished running through the above steps. However, like everything else in life, there will be a few exceptions to the rule. If you find that you still have traces of ESET Smart Security on your system even after running through the two methods above, you’ll need to follow the developer’s official instructions. Here they are in detail:

Step One: Download the ‘Official Uninstaller’ from the developer’s website and save it (ideally to your Desktop, but wherever you’re most comfortable finding it works too).

Step Two: Restart your system in ‘Safe Mode’.

Step Three: Double-click on the ESET Uninstaller icon (you’ll find this either on your Desktop or wherever else you saved it to).

Step Four: Read the warning presented to you in detail, then confirm that you’d like to continue with the ‘y’ key.

Step Five: You will be provided with a list of installed ESET products; review them and type in the number that matches the ESET installation in the list that you want to get rid of. Once you’re finished adding numbers, press ‘Enter’.

Step Six: To confirm that your selection is correct, type ‘y’.

Step Seven: The ESET Uninstaller will run. Once it’s finished its job, press any key to exit the uninstaller and restart your computer (in ‘Normal Mode’ this time).

Once your computer has rebooted, your system should be free and clear of any and all ESET-related components.

Have you run into an issue with programs not uninstalling properly? What steps did you take to remedy it?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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