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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Norton Removal Tool

Symantec has dominated the PC security market with their Norton line of antivirus software, among other security based applications for years. The products are very good, which is the reason the company has stayed on top for so long. There has however, been one problem, especially for computer users who depend on a screen reader. The products often cause the computer system to be sluggish and some features are not accessible. Once people run into these issues, they usually want to remove the software and use something that works better with speech. I have been asked to help people remove the products, which is often not an easy task.

I have seen it time and time again. A piece of Norton software (usually the antivirus program) simply does not uninstall. Sure, it will appear as though it uninstalls, but the next time you reboot your computer, you get some error message, because Norton cannot launch like it should. Of course it can't launch normally, half of the components of the program have been removed and the other half are looking for them. This situation has cost me plenty of frustrating hours over numerous machines.

Since everyone who has owned a PC seems to have had the Norton antivirus program at some point in their life of computer exposure, I thought I'd bring you a program to help remove all aspects of the Norton products.

The Norton Removal Tool is small and easy to use. Just double click on the icon and watch it take care of business. The Removal Tool can handle not only antivirus software, but a slew of Symantec's more popular programs as well, including these:

  • Norton AntiSpam 2004, 2005
  • Norton Antivirus 2003 through 2007
  • Norton Ghost 2003, 9.0 and 10.0
  • Norton GoBack 3.1 through 4.2
  • Norton Internet Security 2003 through 2007
  • Norton Password Manager
  • Norton Personal Firewall 2003 through 2007
  • Norton System Works 2003 through 2006
  • Norton Confidential Online 2007

If you have a Norton product on your PC, this is the tool you'll want to use to remove it. It shouldn't give you any problems. It's fast and most importantly, it's complete. The Norton Removal Tool can put the age old Norton uninstall issue to bed, once and for all.

There are two versions of the Removal Tool available. Choose the one that is right for your machine and get started. You can find a complete set of instructions, as well as, the downloads for both the Windows Vista/XP/2000 and the download for ME/98 by clicking this link.

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