Using registry to remove Symantec

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Doodler, Dec 24, 2007.

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  1. Doodler

    Doodler Registered Member

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    Two weeks ago, as my subscription with Symantec was expiring, I jumped ship and purchased NOD32 v3.0.566.0. I'm pretty much a newbie with computers (go easy on me!), but carefully followed the Norton removal tool instructions and had no problems. I also followed the additional instructions described here: http://pc1stop.com/PCHealth.html (Tip 2 - How To Get Norton Off Your System).

    NOD32 installed without any glitches. But I've read that Symantec/Norton leaves lots of remnants on one's computer, so after going through the above steps, I went into my registry, used Edit and Find, and searched on "Symantec" and "Norton". Sure enough, I found somewhere between 20 - 30 remaining entries. Three or four of them were folders with "Symantec" or "Norton" in the name. But most of them were entries that began with the letters ab and had the name "Symantec" or "Norton" in the string.

    Would appreciate the advice of the experts on this forum:
    Should I delete these additional Symantec/Norton entries or leave well-enough alone?
     
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  3. larryb52

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    I use ccleaner to remove excess stuff that the removal tool misses, have a nice holiday...
     
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    The instruction's appeared fine with one exception, registry backup.
    Beyond that I would keep any removal's manual; file system, registry.

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  5. AKAJohnDoe

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    I used the Windows uninstaller, then the Symantec uninstaller, then did manual cleanup of the registry, and then the file system, and then did manual cleanup of the hidden device drivers.
     
  6. Doodler

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    Thanks to all for their input thus far. I appreciate the responses and I'm learning.
    Question for ADAJohnDoe...It sounds like the approach I took is somewhat similar to yours (except I didn't do the Windows uninstaller first). Can you help me understand how you did the manual cleanup of the registry? In other words, how did you locate the Symantec/Norton entries? Did you use Edit>>Find>>Symantec and Edit>>Find>>Norton? And is it safe to delete any and all registry entries with Symantec or Norton in their names?
     
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    I believe that is what I did. As to safe .... well ... I always take a backup before doing too many changes. ;)
     
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