How to disable the “uninstall password” to uninstall Symantec Antivirus

I was trying to install Oracle 11g client on to a WinXP box but Symantec Antivirus wouldn’t let me because it thought it was infected with over 800 viruses.  Same file was marked clean on another box.  So, I picked several of the viruses it said was infected with and looked for any evidence of them on the WinXP box.  No dice.  This led me to believe that Symantec Antivirus itself was somehow mucked up.

When I tried to uninstall Symantec Antivirus, it asked for a password.  When I put in the correct password, it refused it.  So how to uninstall it with a messed up password?  Easy..

Open up regedit (as an administrator) and change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\INTEL\LANDesk\VirusProtect6\CurrentVersion\AdministratorOnly\Security\UseVPUninstallPassword to “0” (zero).

I was able to uninstall and reinstall Symantec Antivirus.

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6 thoughts on “How to disable the “uninstall password” to uninstall Symantec Antivirus

  1. Excellent tip to uninstall it quickly,although i had never faced this type of problem but i have found many peoples asking question in forums about how to uninstall it so i think this tip will be useful for them.

  2. When i bought my laptop it came with the norton antivirus trial version then later i bought bitdefender and installed it in my laptop without removing the trial version,so it interferes with my laptop when i try to connect internet.I want to uninstall it but its still refusing to uninstall so can you help me to uninstall it

  3. I changed the reg as mentioned above but the uninstallation is still asking me for a password. Is there anything more I need to do after reg changes. Also, is there any other way to take the Symantec off my laptop… Please suggest, I am really pissed with Symantec and the products.

  4. “@ Anirudh
    November 14th, 2010 at 4:40 am
    I changed the reg as mentioned above but the uninstallation is still asking me for a password. Is there anything more I need to do after reg changes. Also, is there any other way to take the Symantec off my laptop… Please suggest, I am really pissed with Symantec and the products..”

    >>>>>if you want to remove

    make these 2 key values to 0

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Intel\LANDesk\VirusProtect6\CurrentVersion\AdministratorOnly\Security /v LockUnloadServices

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Intel\LANDesk\VirusProtect6\CurrentVersion\AdministratorOnly\Security /v UseVPUninstallPassword

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