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Deleting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT


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I'm trying to delete all files associate with an old installation of Symantec AntiVirus. I see quite a few in the registry as shown in the title. Will I cause problems by deleting these?

Thanks!
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Probably

click run it now from here

http://service1.syma...n...v=&osv_lvl=
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i wouldnt bother too much with the registry

try using norton tool removal

http://service1.syma...n...cid&seg=hho
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Thank you, Keith and Rushin1nd,

That seems to have cleaned everything up except "Antivirus Definition Watcher." Things are running much more quickly now!

Thanks again!
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You can click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit, select all, right click any file, click delete, confirm

Is antivirus definition watcher named as Symantec
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Antivirus Definition Watcher does this run at start up it can be disabled go start then run type in msconfig click ok look under services for it and un check it or look for it in the start up tab uncheck it then click apply and ok restart your computer
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I have personally attempted to remove symantec products through the registry once upon a time... My computer did not start back up to windows.

Go with what keith said.
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When I look in Services, I still find a Symantec AntiVirus Definiton Watcher. I disabled all the Symantec services before I ran the utility from Symantec you mentioned above. I don't see it listed when I run msconfig.

Maybe I should just leave well enough alone?
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type services.msc in the run look for Symantec AntiVirus Definiton Watcher if you see it on the left click stop

long as it doesnt intfere with other antivirus programs you should be ok
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Thanks all! The service is disabled but still shows up in the list. I don't think it's interfering with anything else, so I'll just leave it alone.

Thanks again for all your help!
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It will show, though should stay as you set it

Symantec were involved in shared projects with Microsoft so you would find references to it even without specifically installing any of their products, and that is what anyone needs to be careful with in the registry

Generally, if you cannot see it in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software

OR

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE

Closing the registry Editor is probably the better thing
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