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Sometimes it's not possible to uninstall avast! the standard way - using the Add/Remove Programs in control panel. In this case, you can use avast! uninstallation utility.

How to uninstall avast! software:
  1. Go to Control Panel -> Program and Features (Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP), find avast and try to uninstall
  2. Restart Windows
  3. Download aswClear6.exe on to your desktop
  4. Start Windows in Safe Mode (How to use Safe Mode?)
  5. Open (execute) the uninstall utility
  6. If you installed avast! in a different folder than the default, browse for it. (Note: Be careful! The content of any folder you choose will be deleted!)
  7. Click REMOVE
  8. Restart your computer