Norton Antivirus is considered to be one of the best antimalware and antivirus program for guarding the system against malicious threats like virus, Trojans, worms etc. Although it is widely used across different countries and is known to be a very efficient software program, it can also turn out to be a nuisance, sometimes.
The trouble arises when people look for different Antivirus software and try to uninstall the Norton program. In order to completely delete Norton Antivirus from your computer, a manual removal is required.
Instructions to Uninstall Norton Antivirus Manually
Step 1: To start with, click the ‘start’ button on the home screen and click on ‘Control Panel’. In the window that comes up, select ‘Add/Remove Programs’. However, if you are using a Windows 7 or Windows Vista OS, select the ‘Programs’ icon in the Control Panel. Then click on ‘Programs and features’.
Step 2: A list of all the programs will be displayed. Scroll down the list to look for Norton Antivirus. After you find it, select the program and click on ‘Change/Remove’. In a Windows 7/Windows Vista OS, you can double click on the application and then in the ‘Programs and Components’ window, click on ‘Yes’. The un-installation procedure will begin. Once it is complete, you may be asked to reboot the computer. Click on, ‘Yes’
Step 3: Go to ‘start’, ‘My computer’ or ‘Computer’, drive ‘C’, and then to ‘Program Files’. Look for folders and files which say ‘Norton’ and ‘Symantec’. Delete the folders.
Step 4: Go to ‘Programs’ and then to ‘Common Files’. Look for the folders again and delete any with ‘Symantec’ or ‘Norton’ names.
Step 5: Restart the computer.
Step 6: Click on the ‘start’ button. Click on ’search’. Look for ‘All Files and Folders’. In the space provided, type ‘Norton’ and then select every option except the one that is ‘case sensitive’. Once the search is complete, delete any folders if found.
Step 7: Go through the same procedure again except for typing ‘Symantec’ instead of ‘Norton’. Delete folders again if they appear.
Step 8: Go to ‘start’ and select ‘Run’. Alternatively, you can press the button on the keyboard which resembles Windows and the ‘R’ key simultaneously.
Step 9: Type ‘Regedit’ in the box that appears, and press ‘OK”.
Step 10: Click on ‘+’ which is just next to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’. Then scroll down and look for the option that says ‘Software’. The select ‘Symantec’ and delete it after right clicking on it.
Step 11: Scroll down to look for ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’ and then click on ‘Software’. Right click on ‘Symantec’ and delete it.
Step 12: Restart the computer and access the ‘Regedit’ tool again. Now find and click on ‘+’ which is next to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’. Then find and click on ‘+’ on ‘Software’, ‘Windows’, ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Current Version’.
Step 13: Select the ‘Run’ folder and delete every file/folder within ‘Symantec’ and ‘Norton’.
It is also recommended to back up files containing crucial data before following the steps. However, the above procedure is sure to remove all traces of the Norton software.