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    Symantec AV Registry entry removal

    I recently uninstalled Symantec AV Corp and thought I had everything related to it removed, but I was so wrong. What tipped me off was looking through my Event Viewer (WinXP SP-2) and seeing repetitive Service errors. Looking at these items it showed 4 Services which failed to start, all related to Symantec AV. Doing a little research I learned how to remove these left-behind services to do a little more digging. Searching through the Registry, there are quite a number of entries which I am tempted to delete but reluctant to do so until I am confident it is safe to do so. Many are related to those rogue Symantec rogue services. Let me give you just 2 samples:
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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet001EnumRootLEGAC Y_SYMANTEC_ANTIVIRUS0000 (DeviceDesc=Symantec AntiVirus)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionInstallerUserDataS-1-5-18ComponentsDE6692E1170B7234EB5CFD71486A1C3F (00000000000000000000000000000000=C:Program FilesCommon FilesSymantec SharedDecomposersDec2GZIP.dll)
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    There are lots of these "LEGACY_SYMANTEC_ANTIVIRUS" entries and the remainder of the ones I am tempted to remove are of the "Symantec Shared" variety.

    Can someone tell me if these items are safe to delete?

    Oh, and there are a host of entries for the "Event_log" which I assume are safe to delete as well, yes? no?

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    Re: Symantec AV Registry entry removal

    Symantec has tools available to remove 'leftovers' that remain after an uninstall. See this thread <post#=503,718>post 503,718</post: > for more information.

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    Re: Symantec AV Registry entry removal

    Joe,

    Yeh, I have used those tools a couple of times when uninstalling SystemWorks 2003 and 2005. But I wasn't sure if they had one that worked with the Corporate version. And, lately, I have been reading some horror stories about the aftermath that occurred after using those Symantec "cleaners". I would prefer to remove these items manually, if possible. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Symantec AV Registry entry removal

    Jeff,

    As long as you don't have any other Symantec products installed you should be able to remove anything related to Symantec from the registry. Good luck. And from what I've seen be prepared to reload your system.

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    Re: Symantec AV Registry entry removal

    Joe,

    Thanks...... I was able to remove 67 out of 103 items. The remaining 33 were not able to be removed and thus I am assuming that they were system items. Of course, I created a full backup image with True Image before deleting anything. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Symantec AV Registry entry removal

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    <hr>I created a full backup image with True Image before deleting anything<hr>
    </center>That would seem to be the best thing to do whenever you are dealing with any Symantec products. Installing or uninstalling or deleting. The after effects of a failed install of Norton AV 2005 have messed with my virtual memory and the global template for Word. My system was running just fine with no problems until I paid Symantec to trash my system with one of their product upgrades. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15> Fortunately, I too created a backup with True Image before I started. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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