How to completely remove Avast Security and all its leftover files or folders on macOS?

remove Avast Security

Environment
Avast Security 13.x for macOS
Avast Security Pro 13.x for macOS
Avast Security 2019 for macOS
Avast Security 2018 for macOS

macOS 10.12 later

Problem
If you checked the boxes for Avast SecureLine VPN and Avast Passwords during the process of installing Avast Security, the Avast SecureLine VPN and the Avast Passwords would be fitted on your macOS. However, the two additional macOS Apps, Avast SecureLine VPN, Avast Passwords, cannot be removed through ‘Move to trash’.

Cause
The built-in function for removing Avast Security does not contain any way to delete Avast SecureLine VPN and Avast Passwords automatically.

Solution 1: Manually remove Avast Security and its leftover files/folders.

Step 1. Go to /Applications, find the icon of Avast Security, and click it.

Step 2. Click ‘Avast Security’ in the Menu bar on the top-left of the macOS desktop and select ‘Uninstall Avast’.

Step 3. Follow the uninstallation instructions in the Avast Security’s dialog you saw and perform.

Note: After the uninstallation is complete, most of files/folders associated with Avast Security are deleted. But a couple of other files/folders of Avast SecureLine VPN and Avast Passwords still resides in your macOS.

Step 4. Open a Terminal window.

Step 5. Invoke ‘sudo’, ‘cd’, and ‘rm’ command from the Terminal to delete the following leftover files/folders:

Avast Passwords.app in /Applications
*.com.avast.passwords.Agent.plist in /Library/LaunchAgents
*.com.avast.passwords.AgentXPC.plist in /Library/LaunchDaemons
*.com.avast.osx.secureline.avastsecurelinehelper in ~/Library/Caches
*.com.avast.passwords.PasswordsHelperApp in ~/Library/Containers
com.avast.passwords.Passwords in ~/Library/Containers
com.avast.AAFM.binarycookies in ~/Library/Cookies
*.com.avast.passwords in ~/Library/Group Containers
*.group.com.avast.osx in /Library/Group Containers

Note: Type your macOS login password when you are prompted for a password.

Step 6. reboot your macOS.

Solution 2: Automatically remove Avast Security and its leftover files/folders.

The solution above may be complicated for the outsider on macOS. To make it easier to remove Avast Security and its leftover files or folders, you can use Mac X Uninstaller which is a small but powerful removal tool for macOS Apps.

Perform the following steps to automatically remove Avast Security, Avast SecureLine VPN, Avast Passwords and its all leftover files/folders.

Step 1. Download Mac X Uninstaller from here https://macxuninstaller.com/download and install it.

Step 2. Launch Mac X Uninstaller and click the icon of Avast Security in the list view on the home screen of Mac X Uninstaller.

Step 3. Click on ‘Run Analysis’. By this time, The Mac X Uninstall will scan files/folder associated with the Avast Security, the Avast SecureLine VPN, and the Avast Passwords.

Note: After the completion of ‘Run Analysis’, you must not click on ‘Complete Uninstall’ but should perform the following Step 4.

Step 4. Go to /Applications, find the icon of Avast Security, and click it.

Step 5. Click ‘Avast Security’ in the Menu bar on the top-left of the macOS desktop and select ‘Uninstall Avast’.

Step 6. Follow the uninstallation instructions in the Avast Security’s dialog you saw and perform.

Step 7. Go back to Mac X Uninstaller and click on ‘Complete Uninstall’. The Mac X Uninstaller will automatically remove Avast Security, Avast SecureLine VPN, Avast Passwords, and all their leftover files or folders.

Step 8. reboot your macOS.

There are two solutions above – you can choose either. But the Solution 2 is better for most people.

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