How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10

How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10: If you have installed Norton Antivirus then you will face a tough time uninstalling it from your system, like most antivirus software, Norton will leave behind a lot of junk files and configurations in the registry even though you have uninstalled it from Programs an Features. Most people download these antivirus programs in order to protect their PC from external threats such as the virus, malware, hijacks etc but removing these programs from the system is one hell of a task.

How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10

The main problem occurs when you try to install another antivirus software because you won’t be able to install it as the residue of the older antivirus is still on the system. In order to clean all the files and configurations, a tool called Norton Removal Tool was specifically developed to uninstall all Norton products on your computer. So without wasting any time let’s see How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

1.Press Windows Key + Q to bring up Windows Search then type control and click on Control Panel from the list of search results.

Type control panel in the search

2.Under Programs click on Uninstall a program.

uninstall a program

3.Find Norton Products then right-click on it and select Uninstall.

Right-click on Norton products such as Norton Security then select Uninstall

4.Follow on-screen instructions in order to completely uninstall Norton from your system.

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

6.Download Norton Removal Tool from this link.

If the above link doesn’t work try this one.

7.Run the Norton_Removal_Tool.exe and if you see a security warning, click Yes to continue.

Note: Make sure to close all open windows of Norton program, if possible force close them using Task Manager.

Right-click on Norton Security then select End Task in Task Manager

8.Accept the End License Agreement (EULA) and click Next.

Accept the End License Agreement (EULA) in Norton Remove and Reinstall Tool

9.Type the characters exactly as shown on your screen and click Next.

Click on Remove & Reinstall to continue

10.Once the uninstall is complete, restart your PC to save changes.

11.Delete the Norton_Removal_Tool.exe tool from your PC.

12.Navigate to Program Files and Program Files (x86) then find the following folders and delete them (if present):

Norton AntiVirus
Norton Internet Security
Norton SystemWorks
Norton Personal Firewall

Delete left over Norton files and folders from Program Files

13.Reboot your PC to save changes.


That’s it you have successfully learned How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

10 thoughts on “How to completely uninstall Norton from Windows 10”

  1. I write to you to relate my difficulty.
    Norton has appears to have trashed the ‘Create a Restore Point facility’. Others have confirmed this – see Google.
    The removal tool failed to work effectively. (Irritating error message appears erratically – cleared by clicking top right ‘x’.)
    Some minor software left (in Priogram Files x86) – now deleted manually.
    When reported to ‘Help desk’ their gurus offered similar advice to that above and then when I came back with unfavourable report of their inadequacy became strangely quiet.
    Beware of this product !

    1. Thanks for the advice!! I got a new laptop with Norton and wanted go back to Kaspersky to use up the licence I bought last year. As you said, go to Users / Program files / Common Files / AV (there’s a folder with Norton – I deleted it)

  2. norton is invasive and opportunist i am replacing my hd to get rid of them they are parasitic and expensive nothing good as far as i can see they do not respond to customers and hide from telephone calls.

  3. I ran Norton Removal Tool, but it seemed to run forever. In fact, it ran for over 20 hours without removing any programs. I ran it a second time and it replied that the system had been removed. However, I still have the software on my disk. I know I can go through the task of deleting about 100 files, but what about other settings – how can they be eliminated or corrected?

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    Thomas F Mohnkern Sr

    Norton should be sued for what they are doing! I am reporting them to the FTC, but I doubt they will do anything since they probably have thousands of complaints.

    I stopped using North 360. For months afterwards they kept sending me offers at my email/text addresses.

    Finally, about a month ago they gave up, and I figured I could go in and delete Norton 360; was I surprised. They screwed up my system and made it so slow I had to buy another computer. They simply won’t let me delete their product and add junk to your computer that slows you down to a snail’s pace. DON’T BUY ANY NORTON PRODUCTS. If you decide to leave them, they will horribly screw up your system. Even the “Norton Removal Tool” doesn’t work!

    I hope someone out there has a suggestion(s). Tom M

  5. I’ve uninstalled Norton 360. I’ve run the Norton Removal Tool a dozen times. I’ve used CCleaner to uninstall Norton. I’ve used CCleaner to remove all registry entries for Norton. I’ve tried deleting the Norton folders. So far, nothing works. Norton is worse than a virus. Guess the next step is to reinstall Windows from scratch then try to find all my programs to install again, problem is I don’t have all the install media available anymore.

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