I deleted Symantec Anti Virus but it still seems to be running!

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  1. surrea1ist macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone--

    I deleted Symantec anti virus but it still seems to be running around somewhere on my computer. I deleted it and then downloaded a couple of applications just to see if it would stop scanning, but it hasn't! I deleted the Application Support Files and the Preferences folder, and of course the main folder, but it still seems to be running! How?
     
  2. celticpride678

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    Check Activity Monitor for any processes regarding Symantec Anti Virus
     
  3. surrea1ist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do I do after I find any activity, though?
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Sometimes I think Symantec products are a sort of Trojan and very hard to remove short of re-install of OSx.
     
  5. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Anything made by Symantec is a virus. Just reinstall the OS and don't do it again.
     
  6. surrea1ist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I reinstall the OS will I lose all of my files and apps? I'm worried that traces of Norton may be on one of my back ups.

    Also, I quit the processes related to Norton in the Activity Tracker and it seems to have stopped running.
     
  7. celticpride678

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    Sorry. I didn't post earlier. Yes, if you reinstall, everything will be lost. So you figured it out, right? Don't pay attention to the two posts that say Symantec is a trojan. Sorry to break it to you, but its not. It might not be the best out there, but calling it a trojan? Really?
     
  8. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Norton doesn't meet the definition of a trojan, but it's definitely malware.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    does no one understand sarcasm?
     
  10. surrea1ist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    LOL. I got what you meant.

    Somehow its running again wtf?!?! Ughhh time to figure out how I got rid of it the first time...I have a backup on Time Machine, how can I get it back to the form that it was on the backup?
     
  11. Shownarou macrumors regular

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    You can open up time machine and find a time before Symantec was installed, but you'll lose everything after that unless you back that data up first.

    Does Symantec dig itself into time machine backups?
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    see, this is EXACTLY what norton wanted.. they wanted you to install it on your system so that it can never be removed again. you will have to remove a number of carefully placed files in order to completely get rid of it.

    norton is infact a virus in itself.

    goodluck getting rid of it :rolleyes:
     
  13. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Anti Virus software are by design hard to remove, if it was easy to delete and for it to stop running it really wouldn't be very effective.

    Try running the installer again and see if it gives you the option to uninstall. If not Symantec probably have instructions/tools on their site on how to remove it.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    because people are so lazy at times :D...

    http://service1.symantec.com/Support/num.nsf/docid/2005051716291611 tada!
     
  15. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Guess you don't know what malware is either. Don't get me wrong, I hate Symantec protects...
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i guess in some respects it is malware, but the correct term would be virus.
     

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