How to Uninstall Norton Internet Security 2009 – Removal Steps

Norton Internet Security 2009 is an integrated security software suite comprising various features that protect your PC. These include: Antivirus, Spyware protection, Two-way firewall, Intrusion prevention, OS and application protection, and Web site authentication along with several other features and tools.

There can be several reasons for you to uninstall Norton Internet Security 2009 from your computer:

  • The installation files of the software have become corrupt and you want to uninstall and reinstall the software to fix the issue.
  • You had a trial version of the software and you don’t want to buy a full version.
  • You current subscription has expired and you don’t want to renew it.
  • You want to switch to another security suit.

Whatever your reason might be, it is essential that you follow legitimate methods to uninstall Norton Internet Security Suite from your computer. If you don’t, you may end up with more problems than have now.

Here are some of the methods that you can use to uninstall Norton Internet Security Suite.

Method 1: Uninstall Using Add or Remove Programs

This is the default method to uninstall Norton Internet Security 2009 and other software in Windows. You can start the Add or Remove Programs utility from the Control Panel. Next, select the program you want to remove from the Add or Remove Programs window and then follow the instructions displayed on the screen to complete the process.

Method 2: Uninstall Using Norton Removal Tool

You can also uninstall Norton software by using the tool available on its web site. To uninstall Norton Internet Security 2009 using Norton tool, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the Removing and reinstalling your Norton product Web page.
  2. Click the “I have a Norton 2009 product” link.
  3. Follow the instructions given on the “Download and run the Norton Removal Tool to remove your Norton 2006 product or later version” web page to download Norton removal tool and then use it to uninstall Norton Internet Security 2009 software.

Method 3: Uninstall Using Perfect Uninstaller

Perfect Uninstaller is a third-party party program uninstaller tool that facilitates the removal of software programs from your Windows computer. The software performs a thorough scan of your hard disk and Windows registry to detect and eliminate any information related to the software you are trying to remove to ensure complete uninstallation. You just need to select the software in the installed programs list in Perfect Uninstaller and click the Uninstall button provided on the interface to perform the uninstallation.

One advantage of using a tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller, is that it allows you to uninstall software if it is incompletely installed or incompletely uninstalled from the system. You can also use it to remove software with corrupt files. Let’s see how you can uninstall a failed installation or uninstallation of Norton Antivirus 2009:

  1. Start your PC in Safe mode and launch Perfect Uninstaller. (Here we are assuming that you already have Perfect Uninstaller on your computer.)
  2. Navigate to the Norton Internet Security 2009 folder – C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\NIS.
  3. Right-click NIS, and the click Force Uninstall.
  4. Follow the displayed instructions to complete the removal process.
  5. Restart the PC in Normal mode.
  6. Navigate to Start > All Programs > Norton Internet Security.
  7. Select Uninstall Norton Internet Security to perform normal removal of the software. If this fails, proceed further.
  8. Open Perfect Uninstaller and browse to one of the following Norton Internet Security 2007 folders:
    • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared
    • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec
    • C:\Program Files\ Norton Internet Security
    • C:\Program Files\NortonInstaller
  9. Right-click the folder you select, and then click Force Uninstall.
  10. Follow the displayed instructions to complete the removal process.

After completing these steps you will have completely removed all information related to Norton Internet Security suite from your computer.

It is recommended that after removing Norton Internet Security Suite from your computer, you use a reliable registry tool, such as RegGenie to perform a deep registry scan and eliminate any left behind registry entries.

You may also opt to install efficient and robust antivirus and antispyware tools, such as Antivirus Plus and XoftSpySE on your computer to protect your computer against various security threats.