How to Uninstall Norton Internet Security

What is the Norton Internet Security tool?

Symantec Norton Internet Security is a useful tool for users who spend a lot of time online, especially via a cable modem or broadband connection. The Norton Internet Security tool stands as a guard to keep your computer safe from malware, hackers and malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets. The tool also secures your PC against annoying popup ads or adware, and helps you implement parental control to manage the websites your children visit. It also protects your personal information. But despite all these features, you may need to uninstall the Norton Internet Security tool from your system to prevent certain problems.

Why do I need to uninstall the Norton Internet Security tool?

Some of the most common reasons to uninstall the Norton Internet Security tool are:

  • In the process of securing your PC, the tool consumes a lot of system resources, such as CPU and RAM, which may cause your computer to slow down and make it virtually impossible for you to work properly.
  • The tool requires two times more space on the hard disk than other similar products developed by other companies.
  • The registry suffers the most when you install any Norton product, because it add hundreds of entries to the registry and considerably increases its size. To make matters worse, many of these entries are left behind even after you uninstall the products, causing more harm to the registry.
  • The software may block certain websites you visit frequently by marking them as malicious websites. This may lead to a lot of wasted time while you unblock your site and change system configuration.
  • The trial period is only one day, and you may not be ready to put your money on a product that does not even allow you to try it out for a while.
  • There is some problem with the current installation and you want to perform a clean uninstall and reinstall the product to repair these errors.

How do I remove the Norton Internet Security tool from my PC?

If you are tired of the system problems caused by the Norton Internet Security tool or after your one day trial you are still not ready to buy the product, then you may want to uninstall the product from your system. There are two main methods that you can use to uninstall the tool, either by using the Control Panel or by using the Norton uninstall tool.

To uninstall by using the Control Panel on your Windows XP computer, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Open the Start menu, and then select Control Panel.
  2. Select the Add or Remove Programs option.
  3. In the Currently installed programs list, select the Norton Internet Security (Symantec Corporation) option.
  4. Select Remove and then select Remove All.
  5. Go through the Subscription Period Warning, and then select Next to continue with the uninstallation process.
  6. Follow the screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process, and finally restart your PC to complete the process.

If you are unable to uninstall using the Control Panel, then you can download Norton uninstaller tools from the Symantec website and run it on your computer to remove the Norton Internet Security tool.

To start the download of Norton Removal tool for your product, first visit their website.

Here, select the Norton product version that is installed on your computer. Next, follow the instructions given for your specific product to remove the Norton Internet Security tool.

Note: As recommended on this website, if you are using ACT! or WinFAX, then backup their databases, before proceeding with the uninstallation process.

Although useful, one of the main disadvantages of many Norton products is that they consume a lot of system resources and clutter your registry with hundreds of entries. If you are facing any problems, you can remove the software by using the Control Panel or by using the Norton Removal tool. Whichever method you use, it is a good idea to perform a registry scan, either manually, or by using a registry cleaner, to remove any left over Norton entries within the registry. Because the manual method is quite tedious and has a higher chance for errors, it is always better to opt for a good and efficient registry cleaner tool to do the job.