Avast Password problem – Uninstall or modify settings are prevented – fix

So you have Avast the Anti Virus program installed and you decided you would like to uninstall it but found it prompted you for a password.

You type in the various passwords you think it should be but nup, none of them work.

You become frustrated that you just can’t get around this problem.

That’s what happened to me and I have some experience in the computer world.

I found a web site that answer the question and introduced me to a program that go beyond the BS products that are sold out there and its for free.

Have a look at this great article here


The program the site suggests is called PCHunter and can be found here http://www.xuetr.com/download/PCHunter_free.zip

or even here http://www.xuetr.com/download

This seems to be its home site


It is a Chinese web site  and does not seem to convert using google converter.  I might have done something wrong however.

The long and the short of it is this

you need pchunter so you can rename the stupid file called


which you will find in the windows directory C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Avast

I renamed it to .old i.e. aswResp.dat.old

Avast will create a new file but the password problem will have gone.

Would love to show pretty pictures but I can’t get screen grabs from Avast as it locks the screen when it is in the password protect mode.  It really takes over the computer.