AVG AntiVirus FREE Silent Install (How-To Guide)

AVG AntiVirus FREE offers powerful protection against viruses, spyware, malware and ransomware with six powerful layers of protection. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of AVG AntiVirus FREE from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install AVG AntiVirus FREE Silently

AVG AntiVirus FREE Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.avg.com/en-us/installation-files-prd-gsr-free
  2. Select the Offline Installer
  3. Download the avg_antivirus_free_setup_offline.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command: avg_antivirus_free_setup_offline.exe /silent
  7. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the AVG AntiVirus FREE Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:AVG AntiVirus FREE
Vendor:AVG Technologies
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:avg_antivirus_free_setup_offline.exe /silent
Silent Uninstall Switch:See Uninstall Section Below for Details
Download Link:https://www.avg.com/en-us/installation-files-prd-gsr-free
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/avg-antivirus-free-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download link provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

How to Uninstall AVG AntiVirus FREE Silently

Check out the follow posts for a scripted solution:

AVG AntiVirus FREE Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)

AVG AntiVirus FREE Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)

Important: AVG Self-Defense Module Must be Disabled Before the Silent Uninstall Can Proceed.

  • Open AVG AntiVirus FREE-> Menu-> Settings-> Troubleshooting-> Uncheck Enable Self-Defense
  • Open the Stats.ini located here: “%ProgramFiles%\AVG\Antivirus\setup\Stats.ini
    • Under the [Common] section add the following entry:
      • SilentUninstallEnabled=1
    • Save the updated Stats.ini

The uninstall command below must be run under the SYSTEM account in order to be completely silent, otherwise you will receive a prompt to continue. Most Enterprise Deployment Tools such as ConfigMgr, SCCM, Intune, etc. run under the SYSTEM account by default. You can test running as the SYSTEM account using the PSEXEC tool (Psexec.exe -i -s cmd.exe).

  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Open a command prompt running as SYSTEM (Psexec.exe -i -s cmd.exe)
  • Enter the following command:
"%ProgramFiles%\AVG\Antivirus\setup\Instup.exe" /control_panel /instop:uninstall /silent /wait

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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