AVG 2014: How to Remove “Permanently Shred with AVG” Option from Context Menu

by Venkat eswarlu on September 5, 2013

in How to,tips and tricks

How to Remove AVG 2014’s File Shredder options from Windows Context menu. With AVG 2014, AVG Technologies has introduced File Shredder feature, you can see its option on File and folder context menus in Windows. Selecting this option permanently and securely deletes the file from hard drive, and it can not be recovered by using advanced recovery tools.

Warning: This removes ‘Scan with AVG’ entry from Context menu too, if you don’t want that to happen, then don’t follow below method.

You can notice Permanently shred with AVG option on file context menu and “Shred content with AVG”on Recycle Bin’s right-click Menu. If you neither want to use AVG Shredder nor want these options to appear on context menu, you can easily remove them.

Read: Download AVG Antivirus Free 2014 [Offline Installer]

Permanently shred with AVG context menu thumb AVG 2014: How to Remove “Permanently Shred with AVG” Option from Context Menu  Shred Content with AVG Recycle Bin Context menu thumb AVG 2014: How to Remove “Permanently Shred with AVG” Option from Context Menu

How to Use AVG’s File Shredder?

To Shred a file with AVG, right click on a file and selectPermanently shred with AVG, warning dialog appears on screen with message” Shredding will  securely delete the file to make recovery impossible”, click on Shred it button to delete it.

Similarly, you can also Shred Recycle Bin contents by selecting “Shred content with AVG” option.

confirm warning thumb AVG 2014: How to Remove “Permanently Shred with AVG” Option from Context Menu

Removing “Permanently Shred with AVG” and “Shred content with AVG” options from Context Menu

1. Open Command prompt as administrator, you can simply use cmd in Run dialog for this. Read: command prompt tips and tricks.

2. Type cd/ and press enter, now the command prompt should be showing C:>only

Now use the following command

For 32-bit :  regsvr32 /u  “C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgse.dll”

For 64-bit:   regsvr32 /u  “C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgse.dll”

unregistering avgse.dll thumb AVG 2014: How to Remove “Permanently Shred with AVG” Option from Context Menu

3. Dialog appears on the screen confirms avgse.dll file, AVG Shell Extension which is responsible for these on context menu has been successfully unregistered.

4. That’s it! AVG’s Shred options have been removed from Context menu, which you can check and confirm.

Do let us know, if you’ve any questions in comments.

Update: Replaced smart quotes with straight quotes in commands and I am suggesting you to backup avgse.dll to another folder on your computer before running those commands. So that you can always get back those context menu entries by pasting that file in path mentioned above.


{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

wwepk September 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

well this removes the scan with avg option from context menu as well, is there a way to only remove the shredder and not avg scan from context menu ?


Venkat eswarlu September 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Sorry for that, I didn’t noticed about that. If I’ve known about that I could’d warned about the same in the article.
But I tried other tools and they also remove all AVG context menus including scan with. So If I find way to remove shred items only I’ll definitely update the article for sure.


Joe September 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Command doesn’t work for me


Venkat eswarlu September 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

It has worked for me, make sure you typed the command correctly. Try pasting it from above. And you should know with this method scan with AVG will also be removed from context menu.


Mohamed September 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm

The module “”C:\Program” failed to load.
Make sure the binary is stored at the specific path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.
The specified module could not be found.


Venkat eswarlu September 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Are you using Windows 32 or 64-bit? and make sure the path mentioned above is actually exists on your drive with AVG 2014 installed. After re-verifying these ask me.


Mohamed September 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I’m using windows 8 64-bit and I’ve used the 64-bit path. Still nothing.


Venkat eswarlu September 17, 2013 at 7:20 am

Are you sure that path exists? and also make sure you’ve opened command window as administrator.


Mohamed September 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Yeah, I went to the path myself to check, and I’ve tried running cmd as administrator, but then the path would be C:\Windows\System32
Thanks for your help

Kenneth September 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks for this!

I had the same issue as Mohamed – I had to replace the quotes after copying. Also I had to add a space in the 64bit path, between the Files and (x86):
regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2014\avgse.dll”

Works perfectly!

- Kenneth


Venkat eswarlu September 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

You’re welcome. And thanks for pointing out about 64-bit path, I corrected it.


Chaos September 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

THANKS, worked for me too after I ran it as administrator then removed the quotes and put them back.


tom September 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I also had the “programme files” error. I resolved it by right-clicking the cmd.exe and running as admin, then navigating to the correct directory before running the command (minus the path).


Venkat eswarlu September 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Are you saying about 64-bit path? tell me correct path I’ll update post with that one. Thanks


ookami September 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

The problem is that the blog platform replaces straight quotes with curly ones, and the command prompt doesn’t understand them.


Venkat eswarlu September 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

You’re absolutely right. I’ve replaced curvy ones with straight quotes again, so the problem won’t come again. And thanks for letting me know about it.


Jimpshon October 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm



Venkat eswarlu October 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

Have you followed the instructions mentioned on the post step by Step? any errors you’re getting? tell me, I may help you?


Martijn October 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Dear Venkat Eswarlu, could you please update the article to display normal double quotes? The commandline doesn’t pickup these fancy quotes as regular ones, so copypasting the commands doesn’t work. Thanks.


Venkat eswarlu October 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Hmm, I’ve updated them but seems they’re automatically replaced by WordPress.


Petes October 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

I was having the path issue, one thing you can do is to do a cd to the path and then simply enter the command like this:

cd C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\
regsvr32 /u

That way you can make sure the path is correct (quotes are not needed with this method).


Peter Emanuelsson October 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

@ Petes October 17, 2013 at 9:23 am:

regsvr32 /u avgse.dll
is the correct path.

regsvr32 /u
is NOT correct.


Chris October 29, 2013 at 1:28 am

I finally got it to work. Now “Scan with AVG” is gone from the context menu too :-( Help !


Venkat eswarlu October 29, 2013 at 7:20 am

I clearly warned about that. See the beginning of article. Don’t worry to reregister that dll file, type thne command without “/u”. Hope that helps. Let me know if you’ve any further doubts.


camilographics December 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

Thank you.. your info above allowed me to FINALLY figure out that this new “..Shred with AVG” option was conflicting with my Adobe Photoshop file explorer window in the Save/Open dialogue. After months of trying to figure this out, this is definitely the solution. Once I turned that AVG Shell Extenstion off (/u) I am now able to right-click files in Photoshop again without it crashing… hooray!


Noe Naame December 8, 2013 at 6:30 am

Keep in mind that you might have to run the command prompt as administrator


Venkat eswarlu January 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

Try your luck with Recuva and other tools on net.


Colin July 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Each new version of AVG puts it back, so this isn’t a permanent solution. If only AVG made this horrible feature into an option.


Leroy Dumont August 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

Thank you for the delete of shred with AVG. The first time I ran it, my cut&paste had smart quotes (duh). Worked the second time when I changed back to normal quotes. I hate when programs give me useless frills for which I have no use . Thank you again for the heads-up o the quotes.


Venkat eswarlu September 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

You’re most welcome Mohamed.


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