New twist on old (Norton) question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by riprap, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. riprap

    riprap Guest

    Hello, All
    I know there are a ton of posts here about Norton uninstall
    problems, and I'm aware of them.
    But my question is this: I bought a new machine w/ Vista pre-
    installed (don't worry; I've still got
    3 others w/ XP Pro that all work flawlessly---in case Vista doesn't
    pan out). One of the first things I
    did was to uninstall Norton (in my experience, it's far more trouble
    than its worth). Then I went to
    Symantec, dwnloaded their Norton uninstall tool, and ran it. OK so
    Then I fired up an old friend--Registry Workshop--and ran a search
    for keys/values/data containing
    the string "symantec". 920 (that's not a typo) hits. So I spent
    approx. 1.5 hrs backing up all those keys
    to .hiv files, and then deleting those keys in registry.
    So what happens? I went to re-boot, and Windows tells me that the
    box can't start correctly 'cause
    vital files are missing, and it's going to go into Sys Restore if it's
    OK with me; so I say fine. [And you know
    what's coming, right?] And then the box fires up just fine, and all
    920 reg keys related to Symantec are
    right back where they were before the 1.5 hrs of manual key-deletions!

    My present question: Why would any of those Symantec keys be
    vitally-necessary for Vista to
    boot up?

    living under the bridge eating binary roadkill
    riprap, Jan 5, 2008
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  2. riprap

    Not Me Guest

    Orphaned registry keys really don't affect the system performance.
    They just sit there and do NOTHING. And they take very little HDD space.
    Since the system is not generating errors about Norton trying to start or
    run, I'd be really tempted to leave them alone.
    Not Me, Jan 5, 2008
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  3. riprap

    uvbogden Guest

    I had a similar problem with Symantec. I uninstalled it using Programs &
    Features and then tried to install McAfee Security Center and it would not
    install because there were elements of Symantec remaining on my system. So I
    used the Norton Removal Tool to completely uninstall Symantec, but McAfee
    still saw remnants of Symantec on my system and would not install. I used
    Smarty Uninstaller and it found broken program remnants of Symantec and
    removed them, then McAfee installed without difficulty. For details of
    install/uninstall problems and links see this tutorial.
    uvbogden, Jan 5, 2008
  4. riprap

    riprap Guest

    To NotMe & uvbogden:
    Very much appreciate your input.
    I believe what NotMe's saying about the orphan reg keys not really
    hurting anything, and I know that's true. It's just that I tend to be
    a freak on keeping things as close to razor-clean as I can....And as
    far as uvbogden's post: I appreciate the shared experience + the link
    added. I will check it out!
    Have an excellent weekend [:p
    riprap, Jan 5, 2008
  5. riprap

    Dave T. Guest

    I used to do the same thing. I would spend hours searching for any damn
    utility I could find to futz with my OS. If you lurk here much, you'll
    find that the thinking from the experts all leans toward not using reg
    cleaners at all, or very little, and only then by individuals who truly
    know what they're doing.

    Dave T.

    "Many people die at twenty-five and aren't buried
    until they are seventy-five".
    Benjamin Franklin
    Dave T., Jan 6, 2008
  6. riprap

    Not Me Guest

    To me a reg cleaner in a moderately skilled user's hands is like hiring your
    butcher to do your may or may NOT survive...

    A Professional Amateur...If anyone knew it all, none of would be here!

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    Not Me, Jan 9, 2008
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