TechSpot: Uninstalling Windows Antivirus Software, the Clean Way

Whether you just bought a new system with bloatware or you're just seeking greener pastures, you'll eventually have to uninstall security software. Unfortunately, that's not always as easy as it could be, especially with solutions on mass market retail machines. Shady business tactics aside, making security software tricky to remove increases the chances that clueless users don't mistakenly scrap their protection.

It can also wreak havoc if the same inexperienced user installs new security software without removing their previous solution. Fortunately, most companies provide tools and guides on properly uninstalling their products and we thought it'd be handy to provide a consolidated resource with links to removal tools and/or removal instructions.

Read: Uninstalling Antivirus Software, The Clean Way: 40 Removal Tools

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even after using the snortons removal tool it still left more than 150 entries in the reg

best solution is to Format C:\ /p:10 and start again

Here's the approach I take...we build our own desktop systems, but on laptops, what I do is get the laptop from the manufacturer, set it up OFF NETWORK, then pull the HDD, place it on a shelf with the laptop S/N, and date of warranty expiration. Pop in a NEW clean HDD, set it up the way I want, and use it like that. If a warranty problem happens, pop out my drive, pop back in the warranty drive, and send it in. No worries about data problems either. After the warranty expires, wipe out the other drive and put it on the shelf.
Gets rid of the junk, spy programs, bloat, and cheap antivirus garbage that comes with a laptop.

naap51stang said,
Here's the approach I take...we build our own desktop systems, but on laptops, what I do is get the laptop from the manufacturer, set it up OFF NETWORK, then pull the HDD, place it on a shelf with the laptop S/N, and date of warranty expiration. Pop in a NEW clean HDD, set it up the way I want, and use it like that. If a warranty problem happens, pop out my drive, pop back in the warranty drive, and send it in. No worries about data problems either. After the warranty expires, wipe out the other drive and put it on the shelf.
Gets rid of the junk, spy programs, bloat, and cheap antivirus garbage that comes with a laptop.

Why not just reformat it? Does that void the warranty???

This is one of the most useless articles ever. What makes it so special? Basically it is either add or remove programs in control panel or just download a file from the vendor which just about does the same thing. Even then I do not know if all registry entries and program files are completely deleted.

give it to your best friend hot cick to format and you are golden,you'll be able to h4x0r your way through BF3 and MW in no time on your l337 HP-Compaq gaming rig with 4gb ram and latest i5 from last year

zeta_immersion said,
give it to your best friend hot cick to format and you are golden,you'll be able to h4x0r your way through BF3 and MW in no time on your l337 HP-Compaq gaming rig with 4gb ram and latest i5 from last year

Haha I registered just to laugh at this!
Hahaha

zeta_immersion said,
give it to your best friend hot cick to format and you are golden,you'll be able to h4x0r your way through BF3 and MW in no time on your l337 HP-Compaq gaming rig with 4gb ram and latest i5 from last year

Best post Ever LOL.

I don't understand, nothing is happening i this article? nothing about ininstalling, or have I missed something?