When you’ve finished reading this article you’re going to want to check out my blog where you will see that I often write about the need to have a good antivirus program installed on your computer.
Sometimes, however, you may actually want to remove such a program from your system, for instance, if your subscription period has ended or if you have chosen to use another vendor.
For reasons too complicated to explain here, it is unwise to have more than one antivirus program running at the same time as to do so can actually make your system less secure.
Today, then, I will explain 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 here is what you 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.
This means that it runs several background processes whenever the program is running.
If you just close the program then these processes will continue running regardless so you 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, however, will probably still leave 4 folders on your computer and 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 and risky if you don’t.
If you are unsure then you can try a free (trial) program from perfectuninstaller.com which should get the job done for you.