How to Uninstall Norton Completely

By Mickey Walburg

There are many reasons why you may want to remove a Norton product from your computer. Whether you want to reinstall the software, you're changing computers, or you're moving to a different type of software, you may have become frustrated with trying to completely remove the program from your computer. Don't worry, though, since there is an easy, step-by-step approach that will completely remove any Norton product from your machine, leaving it ready for whatever you are going to do next.

Step 1

Log in to your computer with a user account that has full administrator privileges. This is to ensure that all Norton files are properly removed, as regular user accounts may not be able to do this if an administrator account originally installed the software.

Step 2

Open the Control Panel from the Start menu and select the "Add/Remove Programs" option. Inside of this new window, search for any entries relating to the Norton product which you installed. Uninstall each entry using the "Remove" or "Uninstall" buttons. If you are asked to restart the computer after removing an entry, do so, then pick back up where you left off.

Step 3

Download the Norton Removal Tool that is specific for your particular Norton product and save it to your computer.

Step 4

Double click on the Norton Removal Tool to start it, then follow the automated process to remove any traces of Norton products from your computer. You may have to restart your computer multiple times during this process, so be sure to close all open windows and programs before starting the program. Once the program finishes running, Norton will be completely uninstalled from your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you completely uninstall Norton from your computer, you will be required to reinstall it to use it again. You should also back up your product keys before removing the software, since you will need them to reinstall it. The product key can be found by going to the "Help" menu option on the software and looking at the About window. It is especially important to back up this product key if your Norton product was downloaded from the web, since you won't have a physical CD to prove that you bought it.