“How can I completely uninstall ProtectWorks AntiVirus on my Mac?” Recently we receive a user message asking how to manually get rid of ProtectWorks AntiVirus.
The Mac user has taken the standard uninstall instructions to delete the app itself, but he was still struggling to clear out ProtectWorks AntiVirus leftovers. If you have the same doubt, read through the page and learn the proper uninstall steps. In this post we will take ProtectWorks AntiVirus as an example to show you the whole process of removing unwanted apps as well as the traces they create and leave on your Mac.
First of all, you may go to check if ProtectWorks AntiVirus is currently running. Typically we suggest users to quit target app prior to the standard uninstall. If ProtectWorks AntiVirus is active, you will not be able to delete this app to the Trash.
To shut down ProtectWorks AntiVirus you can run Activity Monitor to quit related processes, or more radically, reboot Mac into Safe Mode to prevent the auto-launch.
After that, you are supposed to open up Finder, head to the /Applications folder, and locate ProtectWorks AntiVirus in the list. To delete ProtectWorks AntiVirus from /Applications folder to the Trash, you can right click on the app and choose Move to Trash, or just drag this app and drop it into the Trash in Dock. And then you will be prompted to enter the password to allow the deletion of ProtectWorks AntiVirus.
Note that deleting ProtectWorks AntiVirus into Trash does not truly uninstall the app. You will need to delete ProtectWorks AntiVirus again in the Trash, to perform the uninstall request. To do so, click Trash icon in the Dock, locate ProtectWorks AntiVirus, right click on it and choose Delete Permanently. Then you will be asked to give your confirmation again by clicking Delete button in the pop-up dialog.
You can also choose Finder > Empty Trash in a Finder window, to clear out all things thrown into the Trash, but that involves potential risk as it is an irrevocably act.
You may (or may not) notice that most antivirus/security apps contain a built-in uninstall script/tool that you can utilize to better uninstall the apps, and ProtectWorks AntiVirus is not an exception. You just need to find out where the uninstaller hides.
There are 3 ways to launch the dedicated uninstaller, depending on the app version.
As the Uninstall ProtectWorks AntiVirus wizard appears, follow onscreen prompts to finish the process, and then ProtectWorks AntiVirus will disappear from your Mac.
Here’s one more thing to do after the uninstall:
Have you completely removed ProtectWorks AntiVirus from your Mac now? I guess it is not yet. You will need to manually sweep out ProtectWorks AntiVirus traces.
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