I have used Kaspersky Internet Security without any issues for years, but the recent announcements by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the German Office for Information Security (BSI) have driven me to uninstall this software and to use an other antivirus and firewall. I have created a small tutorial describing step by step how to do it.
The concernes of these entities are that Kaspersky software could be weaponized by the Kremlin and that they could be used in upcoming cyberattacks. As a consequence, I decided to remove KIS (Kaspersky Internet Security) and to install an other security suite (Bitdefender).
To uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security shouldn’t damage your computer or its operating system, but anyway it’s always a good idea to backup your computer in case something goes wrong. Be sure to understand what you are doing and if you don’t feel sure about reproducing the steps described in this tutorial, ask someone with good computer skills to help you. As always, the author and the website decline any responsibilities about the consequences of trying to reproduce these steps.
The process of uninstalling the software on Windows 10 is pretty straightforward and I have included many screenshots in case you would like to reproduce these steps. So let’s see how I did it:
1) First I exited Kaspersky Internet Security by right-clicking its icon at the bottom right of the desktop and selecting “Exit”. If its icon does not appear, you might have to click the show hidden icons arrow button as shown in the next screenshot:
2) Then I typed “Remove” in the search bar at the bottom left and I opened the “Add or remove programs” in the system settings:
3) I searched for any Kaspersky programs installed on my computer by typing the first three letters “Kas” in the Apps & Features search field:
It found three programs installed: Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Password Manager and Kaspersky Secure Connection.
4) I selected the first one “Kaspersky Internet Security” and I clicked the “Uninstall” button:
I confirmed that I wanted to uninstall the software by clicking the second “Uninstall” button:
5) It started the Kaspersky Internet Security setup program:
And I clicked the “Next” button to continue with the software removal.
6) The wizard told me that my activation code had been saved to my Kaspersky account and I clicked the “Next” button to continue.
7) The next screen allowed to save some data on the computer for reuse, but I unselected all the checkboxes as I didn’t want to and I clicked the “Next” button to continue:
8) The Wizard was now ready to uninstall the software and I clicked the “Remove” button to start the uninstallation:
9) The uninstallation started with a validation of the current installation:
And after a few seconds it deleted the software installation:
19) A web browser window opened with a survey about the reason for uninstalling the product:
11) And after a few more seconds I was asked to restart the computer to complete the uninstallation. I wanted to uninstall the remaining Kaspersky programs before restarting the computer, so I clicked the “No” button.
12) Kaspersky Internet Security was not listed anymore in the Apps & Features window, the next program to uninstall was Kaspersky Password Manager. I selected it and I clicked the “Uninstall” button:
Once again, I had to confirm that I wanted to uninstall the software by clicking the second “Uninstall” button:
13) The Kaspersky Password Manager uninstallation wizard asked if I wanted to save some data to use later, but I didn’t want so I unselected all options and I clicked the “Next” button:
14) The uninstallation went on…
… and it was completed after a few seconds. I clicked the “Finish” button.
15) The last Kaspersky program to uninstall was Kaspersky’s VPN that is also known as “Kaspersky Secure Connection” . I selected it and clicked the “Uninstall” button:
16) It started the Kaspersky Secure Connection setup program:
I clicked the “Next” button to proceed with the uninstallation.
17) The next screen allowed to save some operational settings, I unselected the checkbox and I clicked the “Next” button to continue:
18) Everything was ready to uninstall Kaspersky Secure Connection, so I clicked the “Remove” button.
19) The uninstallation process went on and it took only a few seconds.
20) I was asked to restart the computer at the end of the uninstallation and this time I clicked the “Yes” button as this was the last of the Kaspersky programs on my computer and a reboot was necessary to complete the uninstallation.
The computer restarted and Kaspersky Internet Security was not installed anymore on my computer. The next step was to install a new antivirus and firewall to replace it, but that’s something that we will see in an other tutorial.
The whole uninstallation process took a few minutes and it was pretty straightforward. I would suggest you to choose an other antivirus and firewall program and to be ready to install it after the uninstallation of Kaspersky Internet Security so as not to leave your computer unprotected.
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