Norton Antivirus 2010 is a security software from Symantec Corporation that protects your computer from viruses, spyware, bots, worms, and other malware programs. Norton Antivirus 2010 uses signatures and heuristics to identify malware programs and offer essential protection features, such as phishing protection and e-mail spam filtering.
In case you have installed Norton Antivirus 2010 but have found its services to be unsatisfactory, then you may use the steps listed in this article to perform a Norton antivirus uninstall.
How to uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 using Add or Remove Programs
If you use Windows XP, then perform the following steps to remove Norton Antivirus 2010:
- Click Start, select Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel.
- Locate and right-click Norton Antivirus 2010 in the Add or Remove Programs window.
- Select Uninstall to remove Norton Antivirus 2010 from your Windows XP computer.
If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, then perform the following steps to remove Norton Antivirus 2010:
- Click the Start button, type add or remove programs in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.
- Locate and right-click Norton Antivirus 2010.
- Select Uninstall.
After you have uninstalled Norton Antivirus 2010, it is recommended that you run a registry scan using a reliable registry cleaner, such as RegGenie, to ensure that all the entries related to this software are also deleted from your registry.
In fact, it is advisable that you run a registry scan every time after uninstalling a piece of software. The reason being that sometimes not all the registry entries related to the program you uninstalled are automatically removed. These left-over entries, in turn, contribute to the unwarranted growth of your Windows registry and may render it unusable. To prevent this and to keep your registry clean and compact, always run a registry scan after uninstalling a piece of software.
Cannot Uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 Using Add or Remove Programs
In this section, we discuss your options in a scenario where you are unable to uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 using Add or Remove Programs. Typically, such behavior is reported when your Norton Product is damaged or your registry is corrupt. In either of the cases, you will receive an error when you try to uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 through the Add or Remove Programs option.
Uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 Forcefully Using Norton Removal Tool
The Norton Removal Tool is an uninstaller program from Symantec Corporation that allows users to forcefully uninstall various Norton Products and delete their associated files and registry entries. Please remember that you should use the Norton Removal Tool only when you are unable to remove Norton Antivirus 2010 using Add or Remove Programs.
Download Norton Removal Tool from the official Symantec website and install it on your desktop. Next, run this tool and follow the onscreen instructions to forcefully uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010.
Uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 Using Third-Party Uninstaller Tools
Another option is to use a reliable third-party uninstaller tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller, to uninstall Norton Antivirus 2010 forcefully from your Windows computer.
The obvious advantage of using Perfect Uninstaller over the Norton Removal Tool is that the services of the former extend beyond Symantec products.