How Can I Uninstall Symantec Antivirus?

Having no antivirus protection on your computer is obviously not a good thing but there may be times when you need to remove the antivirus program that is currently installed, for instance, if your subscription period has ended or if you have chosen to use another vendor.

If you are looking to replace Symantec antivirus with another program then you should know that you have to completely remove it as running two antivirus programs at the same time is not a good idea.

Today, then, I will explain how to remove Symantec Antivirus.

how to remove Symantec antivirus

how to remove Symantec antivirus

Removing Symantec Antivirus

Firstly, you need to close all instances of the program which actually involves more than one running service. You will also want to delete all of the associated files and registry entries. Unfortunately, however, this may not be as easy as you may think as many programs antivirus and otherwise tend to leave traces deep within your system.

So this is what you will need to do –

Firstly, you will need to shut the program down completely. As is typical with most antivirus programs, Symantec Antivirus is constantly monitoring your system in order to protect it which means that it runs several background processes whenever the program is running. If you just close the program then these processes will continue running so you will need to manually stop them.

To do this you need to find the program’s tray icon which will probably be near the clock on the bottom right of your screen. Right click this and then close the program. Next, press Ctrl+Alt+Del at the same time and select Task Manager. You will be presented with a screen that shows all the running processes. Identify those that belong to the antivirus program, right click them and then choose to end each of the processes.

Next up you need to delete all the actual program files from your hard drive. Go into your Control Program and select Add/Remove programs and remove Symantec Antivirus. This may well leave 4 folders on your computer so you will need to navigate to them and delete them manually.

The folders are –

  • C:Program FilesSymantec
  • C:Program FilesSymantec AntiVirus
  • C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec Shared
  • C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataSymantec

You will then need to remove the associated registry entries which is fine if you know what you are doing but perhaps a little risky if you don’t!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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