How to Remove Norton Toolbars

By Joshua Duvauchelle

The Norton toolbar, designed and developed by the Norton anti-virus and computer security company, is intended to protect users as they browse the web. The two main features provided by the Norton toolbar are anti-phishing protection and secure data encryptions. Occasionally, users may wish to disable or remove the Norton toolbar. Though it is generally not recommended that computer users disable any security programs, it is sometimes necessary (when installing certain operating system updates, for example).

Step 1

Launch the Internet Explorer browser by double-clicking its icon on your desktop or selecting it from the Start menu.

Step 2

Click "Tools" in the top menu bar of the browser and select "Manage Add-Ons." Write down the name of the Norton toolbar (e.g. Norton.dll).

Step 3

Click the Start menu button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

Step 4

Select "Run."

Step 5

Type the following code: regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files\Symantec\filename." Replace "filename" with the name of the Norton toolbar file as noted in Step 2. The specific name for this file may vary depending on the version of the Norton toolbar that's installed on your computer.

Step 6

Press "Enter." This disables the system file that automatically launches the Norton toolbar program when you start up your computer.

Step 7

Open the Norton security suite software by double-clicking the Norton icon in your system tray in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Step 8

Click "Settings."

Step 9

Uncheck the box next to "Phishing Protection." Close the window.

Step 10

Restart your computer. The Norton toolbar is now deactivated and removed. Reinstall the toolbar as soon as possible to prevent any security threats to your computer, or install another security program that offers similar features.