How To Delete Norton AntiVirus – Completely Remove Norton Security Products

on August 23rd, 2011 | Leave a comment

uninstall-nortonTough being able to detect viruses, Trojans, worms, adware, spyware and pretty much anything that is out there to harm computer system, Norton Antivirus has been generally considered to be one of programs that are notoriously difficult to uninstall. A lot of people dislike using it because it installs a lot of other programs with the software while causing pop ups messages and blocking websites that aren’t even harmful.

How to Remove Norton Antivirus

To delete Norton software successfully, you need to take two things into consideration. For the first thing, you should make sure the Norton program is not running on your system. For the second thing, you should clean up all of its directories and registry keys.

To shut down Norton, many ways are available such as right-clicking the tray icon to close background services or killing its process by bringing up the task manager. To make it fully closed within task manager, you can simply press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and press the Processes tab. Then, if you see anything to do with Norton while scrolling down the list of programs, you can highlight it and press End Process

However, most of Norton users know clearly that none of these things can be done easily, as Norton provides with such a powerful protection in a way that it embeds almost every part of its services into your system, monitoring every operation and keeping every hazard away, consequently making users difficult to either disable Norton in its entirety or locate every registry key. So I think the most effective way to fully uninstall Norton should be getting into Safe Mode, in which you have a guarantee that neither Norton’s services nor other programs that may have files associated with Norton will be loaded.

After entering the safe mode, it is fairly simple to remove Norton of the major files and relative registry entries by going through Control Panel -> Add/Remove programs is you have windows vista, windows XP or windows 7.

If this method doesn’t work for your Norton program, the nest thing need to do is to delete all its files and clean up its registry keys. Often, Norton software is installed on computers as a default factory setting. If that is your cases, you can try to find and delete the following directories if they still exist in your system:
C:\Program Files\Norton
C:\Program Files\Symantec
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared

If the Norton settings will already be modified when you first signed up for the software, this does not necessary result in a complete uninstall. Still, you may get Norton services popping-up and, any attempts to re-install Norton or install other security software may be denied.

Remove Norton Antivirus With Uninstaller Software
If you have no idea going through the manual process since those entries stay deep in your system and hard to pinpoint, you can always download specialist software to uninstall Norton product. There are a few programs that are available online. The Perfect Uninstaller is able to completely remove Norton with its Force Uninstall utility that automatically look deep into your system and erase everything regarding the files and registry based on the directories you provide. It also has an option normal “Uninstall” option that will delete any software that Windows is having trouble with. After my several tests, I also find program perfectly works in uninstalling Norton Internet Security 2007.

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