How to completely uninstall Bitdefender on Mac

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Bitdefender for Mac is a software that protects computers from viruses and other Internet threats. It provides a 30 day free trial, so most users can easily decide to have a try and install it on their Macs.  Well, actually the decision to protect a Mac is not bad. However, if the software doesn’t suit you for some reasons and you want to uninstall it, you may face a problem – it is not so easy to uninstall Bitdefender. If you enter the request “How to uninstall Bitdefender” on Mac, you will see that a lot of users are unable to uninstall Bitdefender completely. Here’s a typical one:

This application is not listed in my apps, nor does it ship with an uninstaller I can locate. Here’s what I tried so far in order to get it to stop running, so I could safely delete the program from disk, but it didn’t help:

sudo ps aux | grep -i endpoint

sudo launchctl list | grep -i bitdefender

for each bitdefender product listed: sudo launchctl remove

reboot

The application ran again after reboot.

(source – https://apple.stackexchange.com)

In fact, most antiviruses leave junk files on the computer after being deleted. These files can be in the form of launch agents, login items, and other system extensions. Some antiviruses provide their uninstallers that can clean up the system, but even they are not always helpful in solving the problem. We have already reviewed how to uninstall Avast, Norton, and Mackeeper antiviruses. Today it’s time to tell how to completely remove Bitdefender from Mac.  

We have prepared for you detailed tutorials of how to uninstall Bitdefender. But, first, you should know that the removal steps depend on which version of the antivirus you use.

Since its latest update in June 2017,  Bitdefender has changed its protection system. A special watching program has been implemented with Bitdefender, which restores its service files whenever you try to remove them. It has several protecting items, which don’t allow the program to be uninstalled completely. As a result, any sandboxed uninstalling tool can’t stop the Bitdefender’s aggressive protection system. But don’t worry, we have researched this issue and have found a solution for you.


How to uninstall Bitdefender
with its native uninstaller

If you use the latest version of Bitdefender, it is recommended first to use its own uninstaller to complete this task and then check the disk for its leftovers with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. The Bitdefender personal uninstalling item is usually downloaded automatically when you download the app. You can find it in the system Library folder following this directory:

/Library/Bitdefender/Central/Agent/BitdefenderUninstaller.app

bitdefender mac1. Before starting the removal process, you should turn off the Bitdefender autopilot and quit the program.

close bitdefender2. Then Launch the Bitdefender uninstaller. You will see a popup window about application removal. Click the Uninstall button.remove bitdefender3. The system will ask you confirm the process. Type your password and click OK.

allow to remove bitdefender4. Then the uninstalling process will start automatically. It may take a few seconds to a minute.

uninstalling process5. When it finishes, click Close.

bitdefender was removed

Well, you may think that was the last step in the removal process; however, it wasn’t. Even though the developer says that after these steps the antivirus software will be removed from your Mac completely, in fact, we have noticed that some service files still remain in your macOS system. To find them, open the Finder Window → go to Macintosh HD → Library. If you see a the Bitdefender folder, select it and move it to Trash.

move to trash6. Now go to the Application Support folder and find the Antivirus for Mac subfolder, which keeps the program’s service files (logs, quarantines, settings). Remove it, too.

bitdefender support files


Uninstall Bitdefender completely
with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

Now it’s time to get rid of all service files that may be stored in different rambling folders. It’s easy to do with App Cleaner & Uninstaller. On the screenshot below, you can view the results of the leftovers it has found. As you can see, there is a list of useless files that Bitdefender has left on your Mac. Fortunately, App Cleaner & Uninstaller can find them, so now you can remove them totally.

leftovers - bitdefender

Once again, if Bitdefender cannot be successfully uninstalled, launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller → go to the Remains tab → select the antivirus’ files → click Remove.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a tool to uninstall applications on Mac completely, find remains and operate login items, launch programs and other system extensions. It allows you to find all system files that apps usually leave on your Mac when you remove them in the regular way. It is free to download from the Mac App Store. You can remove the service files of the programs absolutely free. To remove the executable item you will need “Upgrade to PRO” in-app purchase.

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