This tutorial is written for all of you computer users out there who hate Norton Antivirus but for some reason are forced by their computer system to use the Norton suite, as it will not let you uninstall it. Read below to learn how you can give Norton the boot and install the Antivirus program you have been waiting for.
The first step you are going to have to take towards removing all of Norton Antivirus’ countless traces throughout your computer in just a few simple steps, using the Windows “Registry Editor”.
The first thing you are going to have to do is open the Windows “Registry Editor”. This can be opened by using the “Win + R” (press and hold the Windows key and then tap the "R” key) key combination, which will open the “Run” window.
Now that you have opened the “Registry Editor” you will need to navigate to the “Software” folders throughout the Windows registry and then delete everything related to “Norton” within each of the “Software” folders.
The first “Software” folder that you need to remove “Norton/Symantec” from, is the folder in the directory below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/(your Norton/Symantec directory here)
The folder shown above is also depicted in the screenshot below:
The second and last “Software” folder that you need to remove “Norton/Symantec” from, is the directory shown below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/(your Norton/Symantec directory here)
The folder shown above is also depicted on the screenshot below:
You will now be able to install another antivirus software as well as be certain that your computer is now completely free of the Norton/Symantec software that was once installed on your computer. Feel free to head down to the local tech store and collect a new antivirus suite, or perhaps visit an online marketplace to pick up your new antivirus software.
Congratulations! You have just removed the most useless antivirus program from your computer and are now completely ready to install your brand new, state of the art antivirus suite. I recommend McAfee, I have had years of experience with this antivirus software and it has not yet let me down. Enjoy your newfound software removal knowledge.