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I have uninstalled Symantec a long time ago, but there are still some leftovers remaining. Every time I start my computer, some dialogs will pop up and it's annoying.

There is no uninstallation entry in the Add/Remove program panel, so I cannot uninstall it using Windows tools.

I have downloaded the official Symantec removal tools, but the tool says that I have to first uninstall the software via Window's Add/Remove utility, which makes it a deadlock.

How do I clean these leftovers up?

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Format. (please excuse the glib answer, but Symantec is hideous when it comes to removal) – Paul Oct 10 '11 at 23:27
Can you tell us exactly what product your are dealing with? – Dave M Oct 28 '11 at 20:54


Use AutoRuns to see if you can disable drivers or other Norton leftovers from the registry.

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Maybe I missed something, but his question states that he downloaded the tool already and it's not working. – Fambida Oct 11 '11 at 1:54
you are not the one who missed something, thanks. – Moab Oct 11 '11 at 15:13

Since you did not specify the specific product, I'll give you two answers.

For Norton / retail products:

For Symantec / corporate products: You can call them and get an updated version of the Cleanwipe removal tool designed for this purpose. If THAT fails, there are detailed manual uninstall docs here:

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+1 Have used the Cleanwipe tool and the previous iteration and both work well. – Dave M Oct 28 '11 at 20:53

I'd use CCleaner to search the registry, then do a full file-system search for folders names Symantec, and then use Autoruns (from Sysinternals) to disable the start up entries and system services.

If that doesn't work, the other option is to download and install (preferably the same version of) Symantec again, then uninstall it. The install should bring together all the currently disconnected and orphaned parts and then make it easier to remove them using Uninstall.

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