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RobertTweedie Level 1 Level 1

After a bit of an ordeal trying to remove AVG LinkScanner for Mac, heres a bit of help.

 

My trash started prompting me for my password whenever I placed an item in it after installing either AVG LinkScanner or MacKeeper, both of which i have now, at long last, successfully removed.

 

AVG Link scanner was an absolute nightmare to uninstall. Instead of simply dragging and dropping into the trash like every other application I’ve ever uninstalled, you have to use a separate uninstaller application. After spending 30 minutes on the phone to AVG customer support, who were actually very helpful, I was finally given a link to which I could download the uninstaller.

 

In the hope that this may save anyone else the headache it gave me, and the time wasted I'm going to supply the link below to which you can download the uninstaller for AVG LinkScanner if like me, you decide it's annoying and you don't actually want it.

 

To download the LinkScanner uninstaller for Mac OS X, please click on the link below:

 

http://download.avgfree.com/filedir/inst/avg_lsm_stf_all_2012_1812.dmg

 

If you cannot download the files through the link above, please refer to this website:

 

http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-free-all-product

 

Hope this helps.

 



AVG LinkScanner, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Yarramalong Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Thanks, Robert. For many months, I had tried to trace AVG Linkscanner on my computer. It was not possible to find the place it was hiding. Thanks your help I got rid of that crapware.

  • p8ntballer789 Level 1 Level 1

    This is my first time posting and just wanted to say thank you for sharing!!! Ive always wondered how to get rid of that. Cheers!

  • matperts Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks a lot mate! that was really helpful

  • Yarramalong Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    G´day!

  • Michaelhdmd Level 1 Level 1

    Had to reninstall before the uninstall would work.  Purchased a newmac book for my son and was restoring from a timemachine backup when I found this crappy App.  Could not install Norton until this was removed.

  • DJB23 Level 1 Level 1

    Absolutely flipping brilliant. This AVG rubbish has been my Kryptonite and I've tempted to throw it out the window. As you say dragging into the trash just doesn't do it but brilliant thank you loads!

  • amorosso Level 1 Level 1

    I can not thank you enough. I've had this on my Mac for years now and it was driving me nuts. Thanks again you're a life saver.

  • bpmacguy Level 1 Level 1

    It worked, it worked!  The Wicked Witch is dead! 

  • HunterT3001 Level 1 Level 1

    Dear RobertTweedie!

    I, too, can not thank you enough. I've had avg on my comouter for years. I think it started out good but turned bad. I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to get that creature off my mac! And now even the little icon on my menu bar has finally disappeared! So many thanks!

     

    Next though,...so is MacKepper a bad one too?? I think I paid money for that one. Am I a sucker?

     

    Kind Regards,

    Hunter Thomas

  • Jim_Kat Level 1 Level 1

    Many thanks for your post Robert...very helpful - AVG seemed to be downloading GBs of stuff every day on my Mac so had enough of it!! Sticking with ClamXav...

     

    Cheers,

    Jim K

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    RobertTweedie wrote:

     

    My trash started prompting me for my password whenever I placed an item in it after installing either AVG LinkScanner or MacKeeper, both of which i have now, at long last, successfully removed.

    The behavior you observed regarding MacKeeper is a "feature". The uninstaller is built into the app and is automatically run when it senses it's being deleted, but requires admin privileges in order to unload and remove many of the other files it has scattered around. They seem to change the list of files that need to be removed a lot, so if you sense you still might have something lurking you might find this helpful: how to uninstall MacKeeper – updated.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5

    HunterT3001 wrote:

     

    is MacKepper a bad one too?? I think I paid money for that one. Am I a sucker?

    Most forum members recommend against it's use. It has a long rather sordid history of using aggressive advertising that often involved stretching the truth. In the beginning the code was unpolished and could do more harm than good. I am led to believe that the latter is no longer a problem and they have at least pretended to change ownership to try and clean up their act, but only time will tell if that's enough.

     

    I guess I'd have to ask you why you think you need an application such as MacKeeper? There is freeware available which can do almost everything it does, but in the hands of an inexperienced user, all of these utilities can be harmful and should never be used for periodic, routine maintenance tasks.  The system takes very good care of itself, so they should only be used when you sense there is a problem and target the problem, not fire a shotgun at it.

  • sissi7175 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

     

    Finally my free memory level is decent again :-) I think that the AVG Linkscanner was occuping most of my memory all the time.

     

    All the best to you

    Thanks again

    Silvia

  • Yarramalong Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Hi Silvia,

     

    Try to publish this to other places,too. I think, there are thousands of victims of this crapware.

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