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Uninstalling Norton software

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Tom Seeley, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    I've decided to deep six all my Norton software. I'm running Norton Systemworks 2004 on my desktop and 2005 on my laptop.

    I will NOT tamper with my registry. I simply don't have the smarts or the confidence to do that. I know many of you are way smarter than I am and would have no qualms at all doing that. But not me!

    So I'm left with only a couple methods, and I'm curious which you all think I should use:

    1. Control Panel/Uninstall only
    2. #1 plus manually searching my entire hard drive, using R-click Start/Explore and finding and then deleting everything I can find that contains the word Norton or the Word Symantec

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    3. The uninstall routine available from Norton's website.

    Comments, please?:confused:

    Thx
     
  2. SouthParkXP101

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    i would just simply use controll panel add/ remove programs and clik on it and then click on remove
     
  3. Moby

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    Are you aware of Norton's own removal tool available from their website? Norton is notorious for leaving bits of itself on your computer, hence they have come up with a removal tool that gets rid of lingering items. With this in mind, I would use options 1 and 3, using their removal tool.
     
  4. notdbritest

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    Go ahead and print out all their removal notes. Read and reread. Light candles and sacrifice a goat. Good luck!

    Actually, my removal of Norton is what introduced me to 5star support, and to formatting hard drives. I made the mistake of not backing up my registry before trying to edit per Norton's instructions...You're already two steps ahead of me--you recognize your limits, and you already know about 5star support.

    It can be done--I've since done it on my second computer and it was no harder than any other uninstall. I think the difference is that the first computer had a two-year old version that had been updated each year until Norton quit supporting it, and the second computer was a current year that hadn't been updated. From my experience, I would use the add/remove programs first, then run the Norton removal tool to pick up the leftovers.
     
  5. notdbritest

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    Sorry, guys--forgot which forum I was on.

    Tom, either way, you're ahead of where I was when I unstalled Norton--whether your support staff be here or elsewhere.
     
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