Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
21/03/2021
12 minutes to read

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From this article, you will learn how to uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security from your Mac without leaving any trace of the application.

Contents:

  1. What is Kaspersky and why remove it?
  2. How to uninstall Kaspersky through its menu.
  3. How to remove Kaspersky using its native uninstaller tool.
  4. How to uninstall Kaspersky using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
Tip 1 – Uninstall any application on Mac completely and safely with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
Below you can learn how to uninstall Kaspersky from Mac in different ways. However, before we start providing the steps for its manual uninstallation, we’d like to note that you can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony to completely and safely uninstall Kaspersky from your Mac. Download its free trial and see how it works.

What is Kaspersky? Why remove Kaspersky from your Mac?

Kaspersky Anti-Virus is a software tool that protects your computer from malicious programs. According to its developers, the anti-virus protects you from the main types of threats, without slowing down the system.
Most Mac users complain that the macOS performance slows down when antivirus is working on the background. That’s why you may wish to remove Kaspersky from your Mac. Another reason for the Kaspersky removal is the news that the developers were accused of cyber espionage and today the antivirus software is banned in some countries like the USA and Great Britain.
If for any reason you want to uninstall Kaspersky from your Mac, please follow our guide to do this safely and correctly.

Important notes and the methodology used to uninstall Kaspersky from Mac

  • Before writing this guide, we uninstalled Kaspersky using the steps provided on its official Kaspersky uninstallation guide. Then we searched for its service files on a Mac disk and discovered that the provided manual does not uninstall the Kaspersky completely.
  • To completely uninstall Kaspersky from Mac, you need to find and remove its remaining files even after using its native uninstaller.
  • We will explain how to find Kaspersky’s leftovers.

How to uninstall Kaspersky through its menu

To completely uninstall Kaspersky from your Mac, you will need first to remove it through its menu and then manually find and remove its remaining files. We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

Steps on how to completely uninstall Kaspersky from Mac:

  1. Open Kaspersky Internet Security window. For this click on the antivirus icon in the toolbar and select Kaspersky Internet Security.
  2. Go to the menu bar → click on Help → select Support. Kaspersky menu showing the Support option
  3. In the appeared window click the Uninstall button. Kaspersky support window with the Uninstall button highlighted
  4. Confirm your action by clicking again on Uninstall on the next window and entering your user password.
  5. The uninstallation process will start. Once it is finished, you will see a message, that uninstallation has completed successfully.
  6. Click the Quit button. Kaspersky uninstallation window Now we come to the most important step for complete Kaspersky removal – finding the remaining files left on your Mac. They should be stored in the Library folder.
  7. Open Finder and press the Shift+Command+G shortcut to open the search panel.
  8. Navigate the Library folder. For this, type ~/Library in the search field and click on Go.
  9. Here in the Library, check folders with different types of temporary files and remove all items associated with Kaspersky. Check first of all the following list of subfolders:

    • ~/Library/Application Scripts
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Group Containers Library folder showing Kaspersky caches

    Also, we found Kaspersky’s support files in the following locations:

    • ~/private/var/folders/I8
    • ~/private/tmp
    • /Library/Launch Daemons Kaspersky support files in Finder
  10. Once you removed all Kaspersky’s service files, got to The Trash and empty the bin.
  11. Restart your Mac.

That’s all. As you can see, there are dozens of files the Kaspersky uninstaller left on your Mac after. If you removed all of them, then you can be sure that you uninstalled the antivirus completely. However, manual searching and removing Kaspersky service files might be tricky. The easier way to do this is to use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which automatically will find these service files and uninstall Kaspersky completely.


How to remove Kaspersky from Mac using its native uninstaller

If for any reason, the uninstallation option from the menu does not work for you, Kaspersky developers provide a possibility to uninstall the antivirus using its uninstallation file. Please follow the provided steps and don’t miss any of them to delete Kaspersky completely.

Steps on how to remove Kaspersky using its native uninstaller:

  1. Quit Kaspersky. For this, click on the Kaspersky icon in the Toolbar and select Quit. Kaspersky drop menu in the toolbar
  2. Download the Kaspersky uninstall tool from its official website and open it.
  3. Double-click the Trash icon to uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security. Uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security window
  4. The uninstallation window will open. Click the Uninstall button and confirm the action by entering your user password.
  5. The Kaspersky uninstallation process will start.
  6. Once the removal is finished, click the Quit button.
  7. Now you need to check if the antivirus has left remaining files on your Mac. For this, you can follow steps 7-10 from the previous uninstallation method. Also, you can use a free application from Nektony called Funter, which allows you to find all hidden service files in the system folders by the file name. Just type the word “Kaspersky” in the search field and view the leftovers. Funter app showing Kaspersky service files
  8. Remove all files associated with Kaspersky. You can remove them right from the Funter application. Just select the files and click the Trash button in the right bottom corner. But, please, be careful and remove only the service files related to Kaspersky. Don’t remove the Mac system files and files of other applications.
  9. Once you remove all Kapsersky’s leftovers, empty your Trash.
  10. Restart your Mac.

Once again, manual removal of Kaspersky remaining files might be tricky and not safe. If you remove important macOS service files, it might damage your system. That’s why, we recommend that you use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which can do all the hard work for you easily and safely.


How to uninstall Kaspersky with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a program designed to uninstall applications from Mac completely and correctly. It automatically finds all of the service files of the apps and even the leftovers of already removed apps.

Steps on how to get rid of Kaspersky with App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will scan your applications and show them in the left side of the window.
  2. Select Kaspersky from the list of scanned applications.
  3. Click the Remove button.
  4. Confirm the Kaspersky uninstallation.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing Kaspersky with its service files
If you have already removed Kaspersky, but want to check your Mac for its leftovers, switch to the Remaining Files tab. Here you will find Kaspersky’s remaining files and leftovers of all other applications previously removed from your Mac. Select them and click to remove. App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing Kaspersky's remaining files That’s all. By the way, you can use App Cleaner & Uninstaller absolutely for free with its 7-day trial.

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