Steps To Uninstall Antivirus On Mac

Uninstalling an Antivirus seems to be an easy process, but you need to uninstall it completely to avoid problems. Because most of the time, Mac users encounter problems when trying to uninstall an Antivirus. Even after uninstalling the antivirus software, its files remain on Mac. On this page, we’ll explain in detail how to uninstall antivirus on mac and aslo the Avast antivirus and Bitdefender.

Common mistakes:

  • We just remove and move the antivirus software to the trash, thinking it is the best process to uninstall.
  • Never remove any antivirus software from the Application folder in the Finder window. It may lead to another problem.
  • Removing the program to Trash may cause an error because it can be used in another application. The antivirus system services may still run. 
  • Most of the antivirus applications come with uninstaller files. So, you can remove the Antivirus easily.
  • Certain antivirus software will create a kernel file and hide them in the Extensions folder in deep subfolders in order to protect the kernel files from being deleted. 

Using Uninstaller

The developers provide an uninstaller for their programs, and it is an effective way to how to uninstall antivirus on Mac.

So, go to the antivirus official support page and check how to uninstall it correctly.

How to Uninstall Antivirus on Mac?

The process to uninstall Avast Antivirus from your Mac:

If you are an Avast user, you can open Avast Security using one of the methods given below:

  • Click the Finder icon and go to the Applications folder and look for the Avast app.
  • Once found, double-click on the app name or icon or press ⌘ + SPACE BAR and then type in Avasta antivirus in Spotlight search.
  • Click the Avast Security in the upper-left-hand corner of your Mac screen.
  • You can see that a drop-down menu displays with several options.
  • Click on the Uninstall Avast Security option from the list.
  • From the pop-up window, click the Uninstall button to complete this step.
  • If you are prompted to enter your admin password, do it now; It is also the same password that you type in whenever you make changes to your Mac. 
  • Then finally, click on the OK button.
  • A confirmation window will pop up saying your app is completely uninstalled from your Mac.
  • If you need additional support on Avast Antivirus, visit our 'How To Uninstall Avast Antivirus From Windows' page.

The process to uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus from your Mac

The latest Bitdefender Antivirus comes with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will be downloaded automatically while downloading the app.

If you want to uninstall, use it to complete the task and check the disk for its leftovers. The Bitdefender personal uninstalling item is usually found in the system Library folder.

  • Before starting, turn off the Bitdefender autopilot and close the program.
  • Launch the Bitdefender uninstaller.
  • A pop-up window will appear with application removal. 
  • Click on the Uninstall button.
  • Enter your admin password and click OK.
  • Now, the uninstalling will begin automatically. 
  • When it completes, click the Close button.
  • If you need additional support on Bitdefender Antivirus, visit our 'How To Uninstall Bitdefender?'page.

But the process isn't over yet. Though the developer says the antivirus software will be removed from your Mac completely, some service files will remain on your Mac system.

How to find the service files?

  • Open the Finder Window.
  • Go to Macintosh HD and click on Library.
  • If there is any  Bitdefender folder seen, click on it and move it to Trash.
  • Then, go to the Application Support folder and look around for subfolders like logs, quarantines, settings.  Remove it.

Check if all Kernel extensions have been removed.


  • FileProtect.kext
  • SelfProtect.kext
  • TMProtection.kext

Note: Antivirus software goes deep inside the operating system while installing, and you can find its service files easily even if you remove the Application support files from the Library. So it is mandatory to remove all the leftover antivirus files from your Mac.Hope you find the solution for how to uninstall antivirus on mac, if you have any other queries you can contact us.