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How Do I Uninstall Iolo Antivirus 7

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I have a client Windows XP system demonstrating many strange behaviors (can't change desktop, as the tab doesn't appear when right-clicking My Computer and selecting Properties, Quicken hangs on opening and when shutting down the PC Windows displays an error message waiting on Iolo AV to close).

I'd like to replace the Iolo Antivirus with something more substantial. It was apparently installed as part of System Mechanic 7, which I was able to uninstall. I was also able to uninstall Iolo Firewall.

From within Add/Remove Programs, Iolo Antivirus appears. When highlighting it and clicking Remove the program asks for confirmation, which I provide. But then the window closes and nothing else happens. I've tried in Safe Mode as well (no luck) and I've opened MSCONFIG to ensure all Iolo services are disabled at startup.

Trend Micro, Norton and McAfee offer uninstallation tools. However, I can't find such a tool for Iolo. How can I uninstall Iolo Antivirus from this machine?
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Question by:JayneCobb
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by:hewittg
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Stupid question here, but have you tried
start
all programs
see if there is a Iolo uninstall

http://www.iolo.com/customercare/kbarticle.aspx?id=KBA-01902

Glenn
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by:phototropic
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Have you followed Iolo's instructions?:

http://www.iolo.com/customercare/kbarticle.aspx?id=KBA-01805

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by:JayneCobb
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hewittg,

Yes, I tried even searching the Iolo program files directory for any potential uninstall files, too, but no luck.
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by:JayneCobb
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Phototropic,

Those steps did not work. Windows XP's Security Center still shows Iolo Antivirus as installed, as does AVG Antivirus when I try to install it.

I noticed that a program folder for Iolo Antivirus exists within the C:\Program Files\Zone Alarm\System Mechanic 7\Antivirus directory. The link you provided to the Iolo site recommends deleeting the Program Files\IOLO\System Mechanic Professional 7 folder, which is odd, as it doesn't appear the program actually installs there.

I'm going to try Winner Tweak's Smarty Uninstaller next. It doesn't appear Iolo offers a capable uninstaller for its product.
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I guess another way forward would be to launch regedit and do a search for "iolo". Delete all instances, reboot and try again.  If Windows Security Centre thinks another av is installed, AVG 8.0 will recommend that you terminate the instalation.

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