How Do I Remove Norton Utilities™?
The antivirus software removal has long become a troublesome problem for users. There are a couple of reasons they want it gone. Some of them don’t like the one that the computer store installed for them after the purchase, so they want to replace it with another. Some just didn’t find it useful as expected, so they rather free up some driver space for other purposes.
Norton Utilities™ as a computer system security software designed and distributed by Norton (Symantec Corporation), have won a certain reputation in this industry as one of the reliable products in the market. There have been cases however that some components it installed have gone so deep into the system, making it almost impossible to remove.
You might want to uninstall it because the current version on your machine is outdated/corrupted. But if you removed something in a wrong way, bad consequences may follow, such as:
- Programs malfunction, and can’t be either completely removed or reinstalled.
- Related registry entries are left behind on system driver.
- Necessary got damaged, leading to system crashes.
To correctly remove Norton Utilities™, you can follow this instruction to start.
Step-by-Step Guide – Manually Remove Norton Utilities™
This is how to normally uninstall a program. You can choose to perform this in Safe Mode, better with Networking in case you need to use the Internet for update or download. Then make sure you’re using this machine with the administrator account or you know the administrator password.
1. Shut down the program and any other related process, you can access Task Manager (by continuously pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del) to do it if necessary.
2. Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner to open the Start menu, see if there is an uninstall option under Norton Utilities™, click it to start the first part of removal. If no, move to the next step.
3. Access Control Panel:
Windows 7: Open the Start menu > click Control Panel > select Uninstall a program/Programs and features > when the window opens, scroll down to find Norton Utilities™ in the list, double-click it to activate the removal > follow the uninstall wizard to proceed.
Windows 8/8.1: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner to open the Start menu > select Control Panel > click Uninstall a program/Programs and features > when the window opens, scroll down to find Norton Utilities™ in the list, double-click it to activate the removal > follow the uninstall wizard to proceed.
Wait for the process to finish before closing all open windows.
If the removal process freezes or stops responding, restart the computer. Then delete the “Uninst.isu” file which can be found in the folder of Norton Utilities™ under “Program Files”. (Or you can search for “Norton” in the target driver to find it.) Then reinstall the program to replace the deleted one with a good copy, and repeat the above steps 1-3.
4. Then you get to remove its written entries, before which you can choose to backup the Registry first in case of any mistake.
(How to back up the registry: Open the Start menu and search for “regedit” > Locate and select the key you want to back up > click the “File” menu and select “Export” > In the Save in box, select the location you want to save the copy to, then type a name for the copy > click “Save”.)
Windows 7: Open the Start menu > type “regedit” in the search box to open Registry Editor (What is it?) > locate your target in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Symantec/, and right-click the folder and select “Delete”.
Windows 8/8.1: Hover your mouse pointer in the bottom-left corner until you see the charms bar on the right > type “regedit” in the search box to open Registry Editor > locate your target in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Symantec/, and right-click the folder and select “Delete”.
5. Now you can reboot your computer to take effect. If this didn’t work on your system, continue your tour below and you will have a much easier solution.
Safely and Effectively Remove Norton Utilities™
This is a small-sized professional Windows cleaning tool, using which you only need to open the program instead of accessing this and that. Steps are as follows:
1. Click on the green download button here or visit the homepage to try out Max Uninstaller.
When installing something, whatever the program is, I suggest putting on any other hard drives instead of the C drive (system drive). Then when you have to re-install the system, things you previously installed would still be there, and you only need repair their registry entries. At the meantime, C drive space can be saved for better running performance.
2. Double-click the desktop icon to open it, you will know what programs are currently installed on your PC. Find and select the Norton Utilities™ icon, and press Run Analysis to scan all the related files.
The tool will finish scanning the files of targeted program within a few seconds.
3. In the list presented, tick all the items displayed belonging to the toolbar, and hit the Complete Uninstall button.
Then it’s time to delete the written registry entries from your system.
4. A window will show up telling you “Please wait while it initializes the uninstall process.”, after which press Scan Leftovers > and Delete Leftovers at last.
At last, click “Back to Step 1” to automatically refresh the programs list, you will find the program has gone. Play the following video demonstration for a quick view of the whole process.
Video Demonstration – Remove Norton Utilities™
See, it’s not that difficult to remove Norton Utilities™ this way, and that’s all for this instruction, in which if there is any part you don’t understand, please feel free to leave comments, or directly contact our tech support team. We will reach you with proper answers as soon as possible.
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