Trend Micro antivirus is a trusted brand in computer security for both individuals and business establishments. However, when users try to uninstall Trend Micro antivirus they find that all the free uninstaller utility bundled with Windows or Mac fail to perform up to their expectations. This is a serious issue as installing any new antivirus product unless the old one is completely removed is not recommended. Knowing this Trend Micro has released some tools which can help you to uninstall manually almost all Trend Micro applications.
There are two removal tools provided by Trend Micro. One is Trend Micro Diagnostic Tool Kit and the other is Trend Micro Uninstaller Tool. Both these tools can help in the complete removal of Trend Micro products from your computer, whether it’s Internet Security, Titanium antivirus or Office suite. These tools are able to uninstall Trend Micro applications even if they are protected by uninstall password. In short, they will help you in achieving the endpoint of uninstalling your Trend Micro AV.
Download Trend Micro Removal Tool
You can easily download both Trend Micro tools for free from their download links shared below.
How to use Trend Micro Uninstaller tool
Using the uninstall Tool is really simple. Run the tool .exe file, choose the application you want to uninstall and then click on uninstall button. If some application is grayed-out, then this tool will be unable to uninstall that program.
For the Trend Micro Diagnostic Toolkit follow the process given below:
1. Run Trend Micro uninstall tool by double clicking its .exe file. Click on ‘Uninstall’ tab.
2. Click on ‘Uninstall Software’ button.
3. Click ‘Yes’ for starting uninstallation.
4. Click ‘Yes’ to restart your computer and complete the uninstall process.
Why use Trend Micro Uninstaller tool?
Most users prefer using the default Add Remove Programs available in Windows 10, but this type of uninstall process only removes files from the install folder of that program and some files from its system folder. Many files in the system folder remain unchanged, which can create conflicts in the future.
For a more thorough uninstall, some users prefer the command line process, where they try to uninstall Trend Micro AV by using ‘msiexec.exe’ file. In this removal process, not all the entries of the software are removed and some registry entries remain.
Furthermore, in both these processes you can’t uninstall Trend Micro AV which is password protected. Without a password you will get an invalid password error or the uninstall process will simply fail to complete. Therefore, the only way out is a highly complicated process to bypass the default password and uninstall using the Trend Micro AV Management Console. For this process, you will have to create a script with a password bypass option, which will ignore the password protection.
As you can see all the simple methods of uninstallation give unsatisfactory results and the method that works is highly complicated. Therefore, using Trend Micro removal tools is the best way forward as they are easy to operate and deliver desired results.
Proper uninstallation matters
Some may argue that improper uninstallation is not a big issue. This is completely wrong as the left-over files or registry entries of Trend Micro AV can cause conflicts with the files or settings of the antivirus which you will install later. These conflicts can cause fatal errors in the working of your computer.
Errors that can occur due to improper uninstallation of Trend Micro AV can have wide ranging effects. It can lead to the freezing of computer applications, you may think your applications are not working, but in reality, your computer would have slowed down. Internet connectivity can also get adversely affected and installing other programs can cause errors.
Difference between Diagnostic tool and Uninstall Tool
As the name suggests, the Trend Micro Uninstaller Tool is specifically designed for uninstalling Trend Micro programs and can’t be used for anything else. However, the Trend Micro Diagnostic Tool can be used for other purposes like debugging a Trend Micro application, it also allows you to monitor threats and to create an exception list.
It doesn’t matter which tool you will use for removing Trend Micro AV you can be assured that all the files and entries created by the Trend Micro AV will be completely deleted during the uninstall process.
You will be surprised to know that every application that you uninstall by using default uninstallers of your operating system tends to leave some of its traces on your computer, which may cause problems in the future. For most applications this is not a big problem, but for some programs, like antivirus programs, it can be a major issue. Therefore, for Trend Micro Antivirus you must use Trend Micro Uninstaller Tool kit for its complete removal from your computer.
Click on the following link to go to Trend Micro’s official website and learn how to uninstall Trend Micro antivirus using Trend Micro Remnant file remover Tool.
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