Tuesday, 07 February 2012

How to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password

This article explains How to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password the easy way! Just follow the steps outlined below.

When removing Symantec anti virus you often need to supply a password for the uninstall to run. This can be a very big pain if you've forgotten the password or if the original install was done by an administrator that has long since left. As usual, there is a work around. Here's how to remove SAV without supplying a password:

- Press Windows Key + R (This brings up the run dialog box)

- Type regedit and press Enter (This will open the Registry editor)

- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\LANDesk\VirusProtect6\CurrentVersion\AdministratorOnly\Security

- Look for a DWORD value called UseVPUninstallPassword. Once you find it, double click it.

- Change the value of UseVPUninstallPassword to 0 (zero) and click OK [See pic below]

how to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password

- You can now close the Registry Editor window

- We're done! You will now be able to uninstall Symantec anti virus without the annoying password request!

Learning how to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password is really that simple!

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25 Responses to “How to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password”

travis ham said...
30 May 2007 at 8:52 PM

This password issue stemming from some old corporate software that was used on my personal notebook has been a wall I've beat my head against at least a few times. Thanks for the tip - this is glorious ;-)


Anonymous said...
08 June 2007 at 7:47 AM

:) Cool... Thanks a lot dude... Indeed this tip was very helpful :)

Anonymous said...
15 August 2007 at 3:58 AM

thanks for this useful information

Anonymous said...
18 September 2007 at 1:43 AM

you could always try "Symantec" for the password - worked for us

deve said...
21 November 2007 at 12:44 AM

worked for me.
very helpful !

Radovan said...
11 July 2011 at 10:13 AM

Thank you so very much for this very good article sir.
It has helped me at my company to remove the symantec anti virus and to install the Kaspersky.

Sorry for poor english. I am serbian.

Anonymous said...
27 July 2011 at 4:28 PM

thanks, thanks, thanks...
wery helpful!

Suntheran said...
18 August 2011 at 3:03 PM

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...
19 August 2011 at 6:40 PM

Brilliant. I had this in an ancient VM and have no idea what the password was. Thanks very much.

Anonymous said...
28 September 2011 at 3:00 AM

Thank you for a very detailed and helpful explanation.

fahad yousaf said...
06 October 2011 at 3:30 PM

thank u soo much

Anonymous said...
03 November 2011 at 3:05 PM

Thank you my friend I was having a big headache with this issuee and now is gone.

Oscar said...
07 November 2011 at 6:40 PM

Great help! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...
10 November 2011 at 1:28 AM

This changed with the newer version to

HKEYLM\Software\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\AV\AdministratorOnly\Security

Anonymous said...
11 November 2011 at 12:10 AM

Thank you very much work as described !!!

Margaret said...
15 November 2011 at 2:07 PM

wow this was a fantastic tip.. very very helpful. Thanks a lot...

anon said...
06 January 2012 at 3:03 PM

thanks, thanks, thanks...
wery helpful!

Rob said...
11 January 2012 at 10:26 PM

Perfect! Thank you!

Rob said...
11 January 2012 at 10:27 PM

Perfect! Spot on! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...
12 January 2012 at 8:01 PM

thanks a lot.....

rudy said...
14 January 2012 at 2:33 AM

Excellent! Thanks, this helped!

Anonymous said...
02 April 2012 at 5:45 PM


Anonymous said...
19 April 2012 at 6:55 AM

Beautiful...exactly what I needed. Thanks dude!!

Anonymous said...
27 April 2012 at 9:27 AM

MAN!!! you're awesome dude...really thank you so much!

U. W. BALDE said...
09 January 2013 at 1:13 AM

Oh Thank you so much for the tip, I have been going nuts with this!
Much respect and appreciation.

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