I have a problem with Kaspersky AV removal on Windows 10. While the AV seemed thorough and did not break the machine, I decided to move away from Kaspersky and uninstalled it. All was well until I used Belarc Advisor for another purpose and discovered the report stated Kaspersky AV was still present and up-to-date alongside the relacement AV product.
All visual signs of Kaspersky were removed, no control panel icon, not present in Programs etc, no running services visible. And still Belarc reported it. I searched the Registry for 'Kaspersky' and 'KAV' and removed the few remaining traces. I checked all running services, no sign. Rebooted and Belarc continued to report Kaspersky as running and current. I ran the kavrmvr.exe tool and it required me to select from a wide range of Kaspersky products. I was unsure which version I had had installed and ran the tool against all three possible versions of KAV. Rebooted and Belarc still reports Kaspersky present.
I chose to download and install current free home Kaspersky AV which installed with no issues. Now when I run the remover tool it presents me with just the installed product to choose from. I can remove it with the tool and now Belarc continues to report Kaspersky present, and when I run the remover tool it is back to giving me the full list to select from like it is unable to detect the version for itself.
I am unable to find any trace of Kaspersky myself, checking files and folders, registry entries, or services, yet Belarc Advisor is detecting it running. I think you will agree that this appears as very suspicious behaviour and so I hope Kaspersky is able to answer this problem if only to clear their name from suspicion.