How to completely remove AVG Safe Search add-on?

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Post Posted November 22nd, 2011, 3:52 pm

Is there a way to completely remove (not just disable) the AVG Safe Search add-on? It prevents me from connecting to the internet!

I have Windows Vista, FF 6.0.1 with options marked as "warn me when sites try to install add-ons" and "ask me what to do when updates are found".
When I installed AVG free, I unticked the search bar because I didn't want to install it.
I'm not sure if the Safe Search add-on was installed then or if was "updated" afterwords, but within a day or two I kept getting messages saying "firefox is using too much memory. Close and restart". Then I could not connect to the internet anymore.

After several hours trying to figure out what the problem was, I found the add-on and disabled it. It didn't solve the problem.
Finally, I found a post suggesting un-ticking the boxes in link-scanner settings in AVG Tools / advanced options. It did the trick and all was well for a few days ...

... until this morning when I once again lost internet connection.
Checking the add-ons I saw that the AVG search was still disabled, but showed as recently updated. I certainly did not update it!!!
Took me a few more hours to finally find a post suggesting ticking LinkScanner in Ignore error status in AVG Tools / advanced options. I'm finally back online.

Now, I've always thought that AVG was a great anti-virus, but this add-on is a nightmare. And how can it install and update itself without my knowledge? The FF options I have marked should prevent from it?
It only gives the option to enable/disable it, so is there a way to remove this piece of @#!$%# ?

Thank you very much for any help.


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Post Posted November 22nd, 2011, 4:20 pm

You need to change settings in AVG. Try this > ... %20add-ons
Scroll down to AVG Safe Search
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Post Posted November 22nd, 2011, 5:46 pm

Thank you very much for the quick reply.
This is what I did to get it to work. What I'm looking for now is a way to completely remove the add-on.


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Post Posted November 22nd, 2011, 5:57 pm

It's a component of AVG. Probably the only way to completely remove it is to completely remove AVG.
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Post Posted November 22nd, 2011, 6:02 pm

I use AVG also but haven't had these problems in a long, long time.

You might try uninstalling AVG, then reinstalling. On the reinstall, configure it not to install Safe search or Link Scanner.
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Post Posted November 23rd, 2011, 1:19 pm

Here is a solution I found:

In the registry editor navigate to:

and delete the key:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\Firefox

Then delete the contents of the folder:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\Firefox

Worked for me

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