AVG “free” trial – but you can’t uninstall it!

I made the mistake of installing AVG 8 on Windows Vista (SP1) 30 days ago. Though it was ok, it was a little slower than the trusty free version (7). After my trial expired I decided to uninstall it. Oh, look! You can’t!

Screen shot of my Vista Desktop

Here’s a closer look at the error message:

Apparently there’s some kind of error, and no, a system restore doesn’t help. By default, Vista only stores the last 30 days of restore points.

If you had Ubuntu, you don’t need a virus killer. Anyone else had this problem?


  1. Denise

    I can’t uninstall AVG when I try I get a message Installation failed and when I click details I get this message.
    Installer initialization failed due to following error:
    Error: @AvgErrorCode_0x0253 %FILE% = “C:Program FilesAVGAVG8″
    I had previously tried to unistall it and it said it was uninstalled but it still shows in my programs. I was trying to install mcafee and it said it can’t because avg is installed and need to uninstall it. Please help i use this computer for work

  2. andyg

    i cant uninstall AVG free 8 either. it just says “installation failed” and

    Local machine: installation failed
    Error: Action failed for file avgwdsvc.exe: stopping service….
    Error 0x8007041d

  3. 23445 Bev

    AVG has taken over my computer!! Can’t uninstall it and it won’t let me into anything without an annoying pop-up getting into my face!! AVG offers no advice. Who would ever do business with such a company. If they think they are going to get business this way, they better think again. This should be unlawful!! My computer has suddenly become useless! Help!

  4. Eric

    Thx for the tip – I’d had a problem with vn 10.1136 (or something) failing to update definitions etc. Tried to update the program but got “General Error”. Tried to uninstall to do a clean reinstall, but avgwdsvc.exe could not be stopped, no matter what I did. Downloaded Revo, uninstalled AVG (failure again because Revo used AVG’s uninstaller, but then had Revo remove all registry entries and files and folders, which after a restart did the trick). Then did clean reinstall of latest version and hey presto! So thx again.

  5. jennifer steele


    i have the free version of avg, but by mistake ive got 2 avgs now, free version is ok, but the trial versions has overrited the free version. cant uninstall it, how do i get rid of the trial avg, any help would be great. many thanks, jenny

  6. Jayden Antoniou

    I had downloaded AVG Internet Security 2011, it expired a while ago now, but every time I try to remove it to download it again, it won’t work, I go into my control panel, I click “Add or remove software programs” then I search for AVG, and try to remove it, but it just minimizes the page and nothing happens. What should I do?

  7. bonnie

    My sister decided to download this just beacuse she couln’t find the free AVG will the over time trial coast you money i need to no!!!!