Browsing the web puts the world at your fingertips, but the world is not always a friendly place. Visiting the wrong site or clicking on the wrong link exposes your computer to malware that can damage your system in various ways. Viruses, worms, and other malicious code allow hackers to gain access to browser histories, passwords, and other personal information, activate webcams and monitor your every keystroke.
To combat this problem, users employ antivirus and internet security software to block the malware from infecting their system. Avast Online Security is one such option, and among that company’s offerings is an extension for the Internet Explorer browser, now known as Microsoft Edge. When active, the extension protects the user from those online threats while using the browser to surf the web.
Reasons for Uninstalling Avast from Internet Explorer or Edge
The importance of protecting computers from online threats has created a crowded market for internet security software. Avast is one of many firms offering such products, and at some point, users may find they want to switch from Avast to a different program for several reasons:
- New viruses and other malware emerge with frequency, and some antivirus programs perform better than others at staying updated to prevent those new threats.
- Some computers and peripherals include antivirus software as a bonus for purchasing, some firms offer free trials of their programs, and others are available to download at no cost.
- Newer Macs and Windows PCs have their own firewall and security software built-in with the operating system. Relying on these programs eliminates the need to install that of a third-party vendor.
Installing and activating a new antivirus program or extension usually means disabling or removing a competing program, as such software is not designed to work in tandem with others. If the need arises, you can remove the Avast Online Security extension from Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge in just a few quick steps.
- Navigate your cursor to the top right-hand corner of the Edge browser and click the icon with the three horizontal dots.
- Scroll down and click the Extensions option from the pop-up menu. This will open a new tab in the browser.
- Look for the section for Avast below the Installed Extensions header and click Remove.
- Follow the prompts to complete the removal process.
- Click on the three-dot icon at the top right-hand corner of the browser.
- Scroll down and click Settings in the ensuing pop-up window.
- Click Site permissions on the left-hand side of the Settings tab that opens.
Remember, if you remove Avast or any other antivirus program or extension, make sure you have another installed and enabled before continuing to browse the web. If the replacement extension is part of a more extensive internet security software, open that program and check for updates to ensure the virus definitions are up to date. Finally, run a scan (full or quick scan) to confirm your computer is safe from malware. When the scan is finished, look to see if any threats were found and follow the prompts to take action and remove them from your PC.