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Can’t Uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus on Mac? Get Help Here!

  • Jenny
  • Aug 08,2017
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With the increase of hacking activities targeting on Mac system, many Mac users choose to install an antivirus/security software on their devices to protect against viruses, phishing threats and malware. To install an antivirus may take a few seconds to complete, yet when you try to uninstall the older version, or switch from another security solution, you may find it tough to totally get rid of the current software.


In this post we will discuss how to effectively remove Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac by multiple ways.

Why does Bitdefender Antivirus so difficult to uninstall?

Once installed, Bitdefender Antivirus launches automatically and keeps running on the background. Users cannot quit this app even via the Activity Monitor. Besides, you may find that the Bitdefender Antivirus appearing in the /Applications folder is just an alias which allows you to open up the app, rather than an application bundle.

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That means you will not be able to perform the standard uninstallation by dragging the app icon to the Trash and emptying the Trash, as the item you trash is only an alias. Given the situation, some users may get lost and don’t know how to properly uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.

How to properly remove Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac?

Typically, an antivirus/security software come with a dedicated uninstall tool that helps remove the app itself from the whole system. As we have tested, Bitdefender Antivirus has a built-in uninstaller, so the first thing is to locate and run this tool. To locate the Bitdefender uninstaller, launch Finder, click Applications on the sidebar, and open up the Utilities folder (alternative, you can access to the Utilities folder via Launchpad). Then you will find the app named BitdefenderUninstaller.

Yet, if you cannot find the app there, you can take the following steps to find it out:

  • Open up Finder, and choose Go > Go to Folder from the Menu Bar.
  • Type Library in the box and hit Enter/Return key to open up the folder.
  • Type Bitdefender in the Search box, and click Library in the Search: bar.
  • In the search result, locate the item with the name of BitdefenderUninstaller.

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The tool is located in /Macintosh HD/Library/Bitdefender/Central/Agent. Now you can double click to launch it, and then follow the onscreen prompts as shown below.

  • Click Uninstall in the Bitdefender Uninstaller window to start the uninstall.
  • Type your admin password in the pop-up dialog and hit OK to allow the change.
  • As the uninstall process is complete, click Close to exit out of the uninstaller.

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Additionally, the Bitdefender installer also offers the Uninstall option in the wizard. So if you still have the installation package, you can launch the installer, and choose the Uninstall in the Install Check part, to run the Bitdefender Uninstaller.

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How about the vestiges Bitdefender leaves on my Mac?

Bitdefender Antivirus has gone yet you still need to deal with its leftovers. If the Bitdefender icon remains on your Dock, right click on it and choose Options > Remove from Dock. And then you proceed with deleting related items on your Mac.

  • Access to the Library folder and search for items with the name of Bitdefender.
  • In the result, select the matched files and folder, and move them to the Trash.
  • When prompted, type your admin password in the dialog to allow the deletion.

Delete Bitdefender leftovers

Typically, the items pertaining to Bitdefender Antivirus are stored in /Macintosh HD/Library/Bitdefender and /Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Antivirus for Mac. You can directly navigate to the directories and move the Bitdefender folders to the Trash. Finally, empty the Trash to permanently get rid of the unneeded items.

Can I totally delete Bitdefender Antivirus within clicks?

Yeah, you can easily uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus without having to perform so many complicated steps, on condition that you utilize a handy, advanced uninstaller. Mac beginners can adopt this tool to save much trouble and avoid potential risks.

  • > Download Osx Uninstaller, install it and launch it from the Applications folder.
  • > Select Bitdefender Antivirus icon in the user interface, and click Run Analysis.

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  • > Click Complete Uninstall and then Yes to execute the thorough uninstallation.
  • > Click Back to Interface to re-scan your Mac, or directly quit Osx Uninstaller.

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That’s how you can quickly and easily uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus without any hassle.

Having problems in uninstalling other antivirus/security apps? Leave your questions here and we will soon update related removal guide in this blog to help you out.

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