Remove Crapware - completely?

By VAR1016 ·
Hello all.

In the thread about Dell stopping supplying Crapware, I read with interest that merely uninstalling it leaves a certain amount of rubbish behind, but I understood from some of the posts that this can be put right. How is it done?

And on this subject I have Norton Internet Security on my new computer (Vista) and cannot uninstall it - uninstaller says "files cannot be found", but they are there all right!

Thanks in advance


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Variety of methods

by JamesRL In reply to Remove Crapware - complet ...

I regularly use CCleaner which tries to do a number of things, including cleaning the registry. This will get rid of some leftovers.

But your Norton problem seems to be different. It looks like some of your files are corrupted. I don't know if the Norton installer has a repair function, but I would either repair or reinstall before uninstalling.


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Norton is the biggest proponent of Cr@pware...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Remove Crapware - complet ...

So, it's not surprising it's putting up a fight when you try to get rid of it.

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Norton Uninstaller

by Mayhem1969 In reply to Remove Crapware - complet ...

I have over the years fought to get rid of Norton, like so many. I came across a program download called Norton Uninstaller that should uninstall it and clean out those remaining files.

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Sorry, its called Norton Removal Tool. <NT>.

by Mayhem1969 In reply to Norton Uninstaller
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Thank You

by VAR1016 In reply to Sorry, its called Norton ...

Thanks to all for responding so quickly. I shall search for Norton Removal Tool and get back to you.

I do use CCleaner and RegCure so perhaps I do not have to worry about potential problems?


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If you can't find the removal tool

by Tig2 In reply to Thank You

Find the file in Program Files and delete it. It isn't all gone yet so open CCleaner and run it recursively until it finds nothing else. Reboot. Don't forget to make a backup of your registry.

You should now be in a clean machine. Create a Restore point now.

Good luck!

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You chaps are brilliant!

by VAR1016 In reply to If you can't find the rem ...

Well I Googled for the tool and there it was; it worked properly and it's gone, gone, gone (a bit like King Creole I suppose).

I suppose I should say "thanks" to Norton for being professional enough to recognise that some of us like to arrange our own computers as we want!

And Tigger, just to be on the safe side I'll run CC etc.

Thanks again to all.


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