How cleanly does Nod32 uninstall?

Discussion in 'NOD32 version 2 Forum' started by luciddream, Mar 22, 2007.

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  1. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    This is the 1 con I've heard about Nod32. That if/when you uninstall it it leaves a trail of files, invalid registry keys, and other misc. traces behind. Of course I've also heard that it's complicating to use, but from what I see it doesn't look hard at all if you are evenly moderately computer literate. I actually like the fact that it gives the user more options and control over what to do, and doesn't "hold your hand" for you.

    Even the left over files/registry keys isn't a huge deal. I'd imagine that most registry cleaner software could clean it up in no time at all? I even have the "know how" to manually make these changes if neccessary, but would rather not have to.

    So is this a problem? Have they maybe fixed this in the new 2.7 version? I'm using KAV 6 right now and plan on changing to Nod32 when my subscription runs out (less than a mo.) This 1 con would be the only thing to make me consider otherwise.

    Thanks in advance for any responses
     
  2. kjempen

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    I never had a problem switching between NOD32 and other antiviruses (at least not from NOD32). (And I've tried most of the big ones.)

    Also, may be worth mentioning a couple of programs to help keep your PC "clean" if you like trying softwares: Your Uninstaller! 2006 and Smarty Uninstaller 2007 Pro. I guess the latter one is a little bit better at "cleaning" up after uninstalling the softwares you try.
     
  3. ASpace

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    Hey , that is not Norton ! ;) :p

    NOD32 removes installs and removes flawlessly . In installs from a self-extract archive.It extracs to a folder in order to start the setup process . This is the onliest folder that is left after the installation . It does not interfere with other applications and it can be manually deleted just like a file
    C:\Program files\ESET\Install


    NOD32 is really fast,light and reliable solution . You can read more about the components and NOD32 in general here:
    http://www.eset.com/products/index.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/compare.php
    http://www.eset.com/products/compare-NOD32-vs-competition.php

    Enjoy ;)
     
  4. luciddream

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    I use software called Total Uninstall to remove installed applications from my computer.

    On some software it removes a lot, but on nod32 it removes a bare minumum.
    So i'd say it has one of the best uninstallers around:D
     
  6. SSK

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    I haven't seen anything they describe re: uninstalling. As HiTech_boy said, only the Install folder remains after uninstall.

    IMO Cnet is not that good a site...
     
  7. luciddream

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    Yeah upon reading some of his other reviews I can't say I'm too confident in his opinions. Cnets ratings are often WAY OFF from the user ratings, and I'm more inclined to believe the masses that actually use the product from day to day. It seems that all they do is install this software on freshly re-formatted PC's... run 1 scan... then uninstall it and move on to the next product. They don't have the time to pay attention to detail and don't test it long enough to really get a good evaluation of it.

    I have seen him describe such products as Nortons & Mcafee as "stable", and "light"... LMAO! Yeah, right.

    The user rating is a ludicrous 9.1! I think I'll take their word for it. Plus as I said if it comes down to it I'm capable of making any changes neccessary manually, but from what I gather it isn't even a problem to begin with. Pretty certain I'll be switching to Nod32 when my KAV subscription runs out. Really it's like splitting hairs, they are both great products. Looks like the pro-active components in the new 2.7 version are a step up from KAV's active "protection". And I hear it runs lighter as well. Those are the 2 reasons I plan on making the switch. Both have excellent detection rates.

    I almost feel guilty because KAV has been great to me, no complaints whatsoever. I still plan on using their on-line scanner from time to time to see if they can find something the Nod32 can't... as nothing will find EVERYTHING. Between the 2 however, can't imagine much would get by. And the nice thing about the KAV on-line scanner is that it shows you the path of the infected file, allowing you to manually delete it if it does happen to find something.

    Appreciate the quick responses
     
  8. webyourbusiness

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    luciddream,

    I'm glad you came to the opinion you did - I too read his "work" and all I could think was that he must be on something - I also saw the Norton/McAfee descriptions and the first thing through my mind was "what kind of quad-core, 10k raid-0 system was he running to not notice the MASSIVE slow-down imposed by N-roton et alii?!?

    I don't often browse Cnet, but now I'll be making a point of looking for this guy's reviews when I need a little "light relief" - or - backwards logic.

    On the uninstall - I've installed and uninstalled nod32 hundreds of times - it is among the cleanest uninstalls I have EVER seen.. yes, there is a folder left behind - which I understand holds your quarantined files etc as well - and I am pretty sure that's a safe-guard in-case you need anything - if not, blow it away and you're done!

    hth

    Greg
     
  9. lodore

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    i think he must of meant reviewed norton on the same day and got the products mixed up nod32 only leaves an empty folder in program files.
    lodore
     
  10. Lollan

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    Do what works best, try it yourself! Don't trust the reviews of some overpaid "professional" to tell you what's good! Check out the 30 day trial and continue to ask here if you have any more questions. :) I use it on every PC I clean at work so it has interracted with a very large number of different clients, never once have I had a single issue with NOD32 in 3 years now, plenty of issues with the others though!
     
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    luciddream, You mentioned that you wondered if NOD32 is complicated to use. I was apprehensive before I bought it about the same thing. I was pleasantly surprised to find it really simple to set up and use. :)
     
  12. lodore

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    also luciddream should look at the beta suite screenshots to see how easy that version is.
    i think eset with version 3 are trying to get more home users who where put off by the interface before.
    lodore
     
  13. luciddream

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    Thanks guys. I did check out eset.com and got a good look at the interface, it doesn't look confusing at all actually, maybe for a complete newb that's used to having their software hold their hand for them. I like having more control over what I do... I don't want my software telling me ANYTHING. That's just my perogative.

    I'll certainly try out the 30 day trial as soon as my KAV subscription is over, I always like to test things out before I make a purchase.
     
  14. Brian N

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    Amen! That's one of the reasons I love NOD32 - You have complete control.
     
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    one question, to save space - can the install folder be deleted althoughI still use nod32??

    Ruben
     
  16. JerryM

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    I have installed and uninstalled NOD 3 or 4 times without a hitch.
    Jerry
     
  17. lodore

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    nod32 seems to do a clean install and uninstall no matter how messed up the system is. trust me i know i have windows me and its messed up on a fresh reinstall:D
    unless you have traces of old versions of norton.
     
  18. mrgigabyte

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    since were talking about unstallers i would like to know whice one everyone likes the best for being user friendly and good on resources i notice one person was saying your installer and smarty uninstaller and he said the latter one is better i do not understand which ine is the latter one i also notice a third one advanced uninstaller pro i would like to have one and from what i see i think smarty might be the one it not a lot of money and it seems good the reviews are also good but i would like to know what other members think thanks mrgigabyte
     
  19. Blackspear

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    Hi mrgigabyte, as this is the NOD32 Support Forum you will need to start a new thread about uninstallers in Software and Services

    Cheers :D
     
  20. De Hollander

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    Here there are traces of nod32 left in the registry. For instants: LEGACY_NOD32 and LEGACY_AMON.

    When Nod32 is removed, entries off AMON and NOD32 are still display under System/Hardware/Device manager/Display/Show hidden devices.
     
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