F-Secure is one of the oldest brands in the antivirus industry. Although they are not really that famous for consumers when compared to other brands such as Norton, Kaspersky, Avira, Avast and AVG, they are actually being used a lot in corporate environments on their enterprise products. F-Secure has pretty good detection due to multiple integration of scanning engines including award winning Bitdefender.
Recently I was checked one of my friend’s laptop because she complained that it is very slow and unstable. After booting up Windows 7, the first thing I noticed was there’s two different anti-Virus software installed. One is the free Avira and the other is F-Secure Internet Security 2012 trial version that has expired. Since she is not going to purchase F-Secure, I may as well remove it so the computer will boot faster and also can avoid conflicts with Avira.
I looked in the Program’s Start Menu for the shortcut to uninstall F-Secure but the whole F-Secure folder is not even there! Thinking that the F-Secure shortcuts in start menu could have been deleted, I went to Programs and Features in Control Panel and found F-Secure Internet Security 2012 in the list. I selected F-Secure, clicked on the Remove button and I only see a command prompt window appear for a second and it immediately closes. It seems like there is no way to remove or uninstall F-Secure Internet Security 2012 and using a third party uninstaller software would be my last choice. After looking around, I found a solution on how to remove or uninstall F-Secure products even if you can’t do it from Programs and Features. If you search on the F-Secure website on how to uninstall F-Secure Internet Security 2012, it only tells you to uninstall using their uninstaller at control panel. However, it doesn’t give any other alternatives if this uninstallation method fails which is what I’ve experienced.
The good news is F-Secure actually has an uninstaller tool called F-Secure Uninstallation Tool 3.0 that can forcefully remove and clean up F-Secure Service Platform, F-Secure Protection Services for Consumers and Business, F-Secure Anti-Virus, F-Secure Internet Security and F-Secure Technology Preview from workstations. It will also delete the contents of the folder where F-Secure was installed. Just download the uninstallation tool from the link located at the end of this article, extract the ZIP archive and run UninstallationTool.exe.
Accept the terms in the license agreement and click the Next button to proceed. Note that there won’t be any other steps to take after this nor any progress meter to update you on the status of the removal. All you need to do is wait for a few minutes until your computer automatically restarts. You may also experience the explorer flashing during the process.
Oddly, the F-Secure Uninstallation Tool version number maintains at 3.0 even after several years. Only the build number has been changed to reflect the update of this tool. This uninstaller is compatible from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 both 32-bit and 64-bit.
Important Note: At the end of the removal process by this uninstallation tool, the computer will be rebooted automatically without any warnings or confirmation window. So make sure you’ve saved all your work before running this tool. Even if you do not have any F-Secure programs installed, running this uninstallation tool will also reboot your computer.