Uninstall and Remove AVG Security Search Toolbar and AVG Secure Search

Uninstall AVG Toolbar

Uninstall AVG Toolbar

Sometimes when you install a program it tricks you into installing other stuff as well. This is a sneaky and devious way of getting you to use ‘tools’ that are most often devices that track you.

I am sorry to see that AVG, a great AV program by the way, has resorted to this lowly tactic.

Here’s how to recover from a momentary lapse of attention.

Remove AVG Toolbar

  1. Turn off Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Run the AVG installer program you used earlier to install the toolbar. If you can not find it, click Start – Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall a Program – Locate from the list the AVG installer.
  3. Select setup type as “Repair installation “.
  4. The AVG Security Toolbar installer window will appear on your screen. Untick the Recommended –Yes I would like to install AVG Security toolbar checkbox.
  5. Click the Next button and follow the instructions.

Remove AVG Secure Search

  1. Type: about:config in your Firefox web address field.
  2. Now type keyword.URL in the Filter box located on the top left side of the window.
  3. Right-click  the Keyword.URL key and from the menu, click Reset.
  4. Now, look for the following keys:
  5. browser.search.selectedEngine
  6. For each key, follow Step 3 instructions.


About Richard Pedersen

~"addicted to computers since 1982"~ I got my first computer in 1982 and haven't looked back. I love to find ways to improve their efficiency and to help others do the same. I build and repair personal computer systems. I live in a small farming community in Western Wisconsin.

10 thoughts on “Uninstall and Remove AVG Security Search Toolbar and AVG Secure Search

  1. Hello,

    I have not been able to remove the AVG secure search virus. I used all the methos published on the Internet

    Best Regards

      • Hi, not the toolbar but a virus interfering with my browsers (AVG secure web search) . Fortunately, I have Norton Internet Security installed and they could remove it from my computer 5 days ago.

        The virus came with Tuneup ulities 2012 (purchased and downloaded from Tuneup 2012 website) and I just reciived a message from them today with a complicated explanation on how to remove it. Fortunately the Norton Support Team could remove it from my laptop.


      • Gonzalo:

        I’m happy to hear that you got it working.
        I feel compelled to remind you that even a thorough scan of your computer does not guarantee that it is virus-free.
        The only sure-fire way to be 100% positive is to do a clean installation of your Operating System.
        I know that’s not a fun prospect.

        Good luck!

    • Read HERE because this definitely WORKS. I found the solution after some time. Whenever you open a new tab, at the bottom right hand corner there is a small settings button when Secure Search automatically pops up. Click on this and AVG allows the person to disable Secure Search from coming up every time by unchecking the box and pushing ok. However, if you want to have New Tabs directed to your default homepage in Firefox, you must install an add-on such a New Tab Homepage or else the new tab will just be a blank page.

  2. Uninstall AVG then re-install removing the two ticks that asks you if you want
    to have Secure Search of the Toobar.

  3. It works! After looking for nearly 20 minutes for a solution, one that has clear and simple instructions!