How to Delete Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin

How Do I Remove Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin From WordPress?

I've been struggling for a few weeks now on how to remove Akismet Anti-Spam plugin that I don't recall installing. I know that Akismet is an Anti-Spam plugin that helps reduce spam comments. Since I did not even install the plugin or granted anyone permission to install the plugin, I consider it a spam.

 

I already utilize Google reCaptcha v3 and I'm very satisfied with its performance specific to reducing and blocking spam comments.  I get the message shown below whenever I try to delete the plugin. "Could not fully remove the plugin akismet/akismet.php."

Deleting Akismet Anti Spam

How to Delete a Plugin from WordPress?

Normally, deleting a plugin from WordPress is quite simple. You just have to navigate to the plugins area from the dashboard and 1st deactivate the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin and once it is deactivated, simply delete it. In my case with Akismet, It was not that simple.

First Step - Backup Your WordPress Website

It is always best practice and highly recommended to backup your files, folders and database before executing a change on your WordPress website. In an event the changes that you have done did not work or failed, you can always revert back to your backup and not lose all content data that you have worked hard in creating. After you have successfully backed up and validated that your backup has no corruption, you can proceed to the next step.

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How To Delete Akismet Anti-Spam Through File Browser

It might be a different look and feel depending on who your hosting provider is. My hosting provider is GoDaddy so I use "File Browser" to be able to navigate to files and folders.

 

You can find the file browser by logging in to your GoDaddy account and selecting "My Products" and look for Managed WordPress and select "Manage".

Select My Products

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Select Manage

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Next Step

Select "Tools" and navigate to "File Browser" and select "Open".

Tools

Next Step

Select the wp-content dropdown and navigate to plugins and right click on Akismet. I immediately noticed that the option to delete and rename are both greyed out. I validated other plugins and I see that I have the option to delete and rename the plugin folder.

Akismet 2

Called Go-Daddy Support

Level 4 Go-Daddy tech support took a look at the issue I reported and noticed that the Akismet root folder had a different permission set on that specific folder.

 

He did a quick change and I was able delete the plugin folder including all files inside the folder. As you can see below, delete and rename are no longer greyed out. After deletion, I navigated to my WordPress dashboard and validated that the plugin was no longer visible. Deletion of the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin was successful. Problem solved!

Akisment Anti-Spam Deletion

Is There a Conspiracy Between Akismet Anti-Spam and WordPress?

I'm not sure why Akismet had a different permission settings compared to the other plugins. Is there a conspiracy going on between WordPress and Akismet? 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment below if my article was able to help you resolve your Akismet Anti-Spam plugin deletion issue.

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