How to uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security

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.

Kaspersky Internet Security
Uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security

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:

Show hidden icons
Show hidden icons
Exit Kaspersky Internet Security
Exit Kaspersky Internet Security

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:

Add or Remove Programs
Add or Remove Programs

3) I searched for any Kaspersky programs installed on my computer by typing the first three letters “Kas” in the Apps & Features search field:

Search for Kaspersky programs
Search for Kaspersky programs

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:

Uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security
Uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security

I confirmed that I wanted to uninstall the software by clicking the second “Uninstall” button:

Confirm Uninstall
Confirm Uninstall

5) It started the Kaspersky Internet Security setup program:

Kaspersky Internet Security Setup Wizard
Kaspersky Internet Security Setup Wizard

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.

Activation code saved in My Kaspersky account
Activation code saved in My Kaspersky account

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:

Save data on computed for reuse
Save data on computed for reuse

8) The Wizard was now ready to uninstall the software and I clicked the “Remove” button to start the uninstallation:

Remove Kaspersky Internet Security
Remove Kaspersky Internet Security

9) The uninstallation started with a validation of the current installation:

Validating installation
Validating installation

And after a few seconds it deleted the software installation:

Deleting software installation
Deleting software installation

19) A web browser window opened with a survey about the reason for uninstalling the product:

Survey
Survey

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.

Restart the computer (later)
Restart the computer (later)

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:

Uninstall Kaspersky Password Manager
Uninstall Kaspersky Password Manager

Once again, I had to confirm that I wanted to uninstall the software by clicking the second “Uninstall” button:

Confirm Uninstalling Kaspersky Password Manager
Confirm Uninstalling Kaspersky Password Manager

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:

Save Kaspersky Password Manager Data?
Save Kaspersky Password Manager Data?

14) The uninstallation went on…

Uninstalling Kaspersky Password Manager
Uninstalling Kaspersky Password Manager

… and it was completed after a few seconds. I clicked the “Finish” button.

Kaspersky Password Manager uninstalled
Kaspersky Password Manager uninstalled

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:

Uninstall Kaspersky Secure Connection
Uninstall Kaspersky Secure Connection

16) It started the Kaspersky Secure Connection setup program:

Kaspersky Secure Connection Setup Wizard
Kaspersky Secure Connection Setup Wizard

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:

Saving Kaspersky Secure Connection operational settings?
Saving Kaspersky Secure Connection operational settings?

18) Everything was ready to uninstall Kaspersky Secure Connection, so I clicked the “Remove” button.

Ready to uninstall?
Ready to uninstall?

19) The uninstallation process went on and it took only a few seconds.

Uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection
Uninstalling Kaspersky Secure Connection

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.

Restart computer to complete uninstallation
Restart computer to complete 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.

Conclusion:

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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