How to Uninstall Webroot From a Mac or PC

Remove this antivirus software from any computer

With the number of digital threats that we face on a day-to-day basis, most of us know how important it is to have reliable anti-virus software. There are many anti-virus programs that are free to use for a trial period or are offered at no cost. Unfortunately, some programs are notoriously hard to uninstall from your PC or Mac, such as Webroot’s SecureAnywhere.

This program can be challenging to remove, particularly since the software does not have a built-in uninstall function. Additionally, unlike most other anti-virus programs, you may need to use a reCAPTCHA to uninstall Webroot SecureAnywhere. Worst of all, you will be unable to install any new anti-virus software until the Webroot program is fully removed. If you are wondering how to remove Webroot from your computer altogether, check out this helpful guide!

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How to Delete Webroot SecureAnywhere From a PC With Windows Application Wizard

Because Webroot SecureAnywhere is so difficult to remove from your computer fully, there are several potential methods you can use to delete it. This is the easiest means of deleting Webroot from your PC.

  1. Hold down the Windows key and the R key at the same time to open the Run box.

    Run Window
  2. Enter appwiz.cpl in the Run box and click OK. You can also open the Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program.

    Uninstall A Program
  3. Look through the Uninstall window until you locate the Webroot product.

  4. Right-click on Webroot, then click the Uninstall button.

    You may receive a notification that the Webroot Anti-virus is already running. If so, Right-click on the Webroot icon in the taskbar and select Shut Down.

    Right-Click Uninstall
  5. Enter the reCAPTCHA, then click the continue button to uninstall Webroot anti-virus from your PC.

How to Delete Webroot SecureAnywhere From a PC With Manual Removal

If the application wizard fails to work, you will need to attempt manual removal of the software. Fortunately, this is very easy to do.

  1. Boot your PC in Safe Mode.

  2. Navigate to the Windows search bar and type in Command Prompt. Once the program opens in the search window, click on Run as administrator.

    Command Prompt
  3. Type the following command into the command prompt window and hit enter: C:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.exe" –uninstall

    Webroot Uninstall Prompt
  4. Once you enter the command, you will receive a prompt to uninstall Webroot. Fill in the reCAPTCHA and hit the continue button to finish removing the program.

If neither of these methods is successful in removing Webroot SecureAnywhere, Webroot offers a tool to help you uninstall the program entirely. Once you download the Removal Tool from Webroot's website, run it as an administrator and wait for the tool to remove Webroot altogether.

How to Delete Webroot SecureAnywhere From Mac

To uninstall Webroot SecureAnywhere from your Mac, you must make sure the program is shut down first. This can be accomplished by selecting the Webroot icon in the Mac’s menu bar, then clicking Shut Down SecureAnywhere. You can also control-click the app's icon in the Dock and select Quit.

  1. Confirm that you want to shut down SecureAnywhere, if prompted.

  2. Select the Finder icon in the dock.

    Selecting Finder from the dock.
  3. Open the Applications directory.

    Opening Applications directory.
  4. Drag and drop the Webroot SecureAnywhere program icon into the Trash Bin in the dock.

    The Trash Bin in macOS.
  5. Once the confirmation window appears, click Uninstall.

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