Most computer users are familiar with Norton security products because a lot of laptops come with pre-installed trial versions of Norton Anti-Virus or Norton 360. While these products offer reasonable good anti-virus and anti-malware protection, some users may decide not to get the full version and install a different security solution. Here are some reasons why you may decide to uninstall Norton 360:
- the price of the product is high
- Norton 360 consumes a lot of system resources
- Norton 360 can make your computer slow
The best way to uninstall Norton 360
Unfortunately, Norton products are not all that easy to uninstall. Very often the usual uninstall procedure through the Control Panel doesn’t work and you need to take other measures to remove Norton products completely. To do that, do the following:
- Click on Start and go to the Control Panel
- Under Programs, find Norton 360, highlight it and click on Uninstall
- This should launch the Norton 360 uninstaller
- If all works correctly, the uninstaller will remove most of Norton 360 components from your computer
Now you’ll need to find and remove other Norton bits and pieces manually. To do that, run a Windows search for “Norton” and delete everything that’s found.
The next step is to run a registry cleaner. While uninstalling Norton 360 via the Control Panel should remove most of its settings, a lot of registry entries and references will be left behind. These leftovers can make your computer slow and result in all sorts of errors. Removing them with a good quality registry cleaner will resolve all Norton 360 related errors.
What to do if Norton doesn’t uninstall?
If your copy of Norton doesn’t respond to uninstalling it via the Control Panel or using the Norton uninstaller, you should try running a Norton removal tool from Symantec. This will work to uninstall recent versions of Norton products installed on your PC, including Norton 360. You can download the removal tool here.