Are you getting error messages when you try to uninstall Trend Micro Security/AntiVirus through the standard Windows Add/Remove Programs? Tried everything you can possibly think of to remove Trend Micro completely off your computer – yet it still pops up every time you turn your computer on day after day?
If Trend Micro software came packaged with your computer when you first bought it (usually a trial version) and now that the trial version has expired – you don’t know how to get rid of it.
This is one of the more common problems you might face when trying to uninstall Trend Micro products (in particular the Free version). When you try to uninstall it through the Control Panel –> Add/Remove Programs, you will either get an error message telling you it can’t be uninstalled or it will tell you that it is uninstalled, yet in fact, when you reboot your PC it’s still there.
Being a free version, it is not usually adequately supported by Trend Micro Inc so if you have tried contacting someone in their support department to figure out how to remove the antivirus software off your computer, chances of getting a relevant answer that could solve your problem instantly is highly unlikely.
Below are the 2 common errors that usually come up:
“An error occurred while uninstalling Trend Micro……”
“…it is being used by other programs”.
It’s unclear as to why this happens, but most likely some files and remnants of Trend Micro embed themselves deeply into your system making it difficult to remove permanently.
Why Uninstall Trend Micro in the First Place?
The biggest problem is that if you don’t uninstall Trend Micro completely from your PC you might not be able to upgrade to a newer version of the antivirus software or won’t be able to install a different antivirus product, such as Norton or AVG because your computer keeps detecting the current version of Trend Micro.
Many people also often switch their antivirus programs in search for the one they prefer best. You might be one of these people. If that’s the case, you might want to look at Norton, Kaspersky, Nod32 or MacAfee as better antivirus alternatives.
Another reason people want to delete Trend Micro permanently is that it consumes memory as it can slow down your PC quite a bit & takes up a lot of memory. So if you don’t need it, you might want to uninstall it. For some reason, it can use up an extremely high amount of system resources – as high as 90% of your computer CPU.
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