How to Uninstall Norton Antivirus From Any Computer

Remove Norton from any computer you own

You may want to remove Norton antivirus software from your PC or Mac if you're switching to another protection app, or you'd like to uninstall Norton temporarily while you refresh your hard drive. In some situations, it may be sufficient to turn off or disable the software. In others, completely uninstalling Norton is the only solution.

The instructions in this article apply to computers operating Windows 10, 8, and 7, and Mac computers.

How to Uninstall Norton Antivirus on Windows

To uninstall Norton antivirus on your Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 computer:

  1. Launch the Windows Control Panel interface.

  2. If you run Windows 10, select Programs and then Programs and Features on the subsequent screen. If you're running Windows 8 or 7, click Programs and Features.

    Programs and Features in Windows 10's Control Panel
  3. Scroll down the list of installed applications until you locate the one labeled Norton Security and select it.

    Norton Security in Windows 10 Programs and Features
  4. Click or press Uninstall/Change in Windows 10 or Uninstall in Windows 8 and 7 located above the installed program list.

    A User Account Control dialog may now appear, asking if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device. Choose Yes to continue.

  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstall process. You may be prompted to reboot to completely remove Norton from your PC.

  6. Some Windows users experience problems when attempting to uninstall Norton using this method and receive a message stating that an error occurred, and the software may have already been uninstalled. It is important to note that it has not been uninstalled in this case, and you need to download and launch the Norton Remove and Reinstall tool directly from Symantec.

    Norton Remove and Reinstall Tool license agreement
  7. If you take this route, click the Advanced Options link on the Remove & Reinstall Tool's second screen and select Remove Only.

    The Remove Only button in Norton Security

Norton is removed from your PC. Install or activate another antivirus application as soon as possible. It's never a good idea to leave your computer unprotected.

How to Uninstall Norton Antivirus on a Mac

It is equally as easy to remove Norton on a Mac computer.

  1. Launch the Norton Security app by clicking its icon in the Dock.

  2. Click Norton Security in the app menu bar, located in the upper left corner of your screen next to the Apple logo.

  3. Select Uninstall Norton Security in the drop-down menu.

    A screenshot of the Norton Security macOS menu
  4. A Norton Security Uninstall dialog appears. Click Uninstall.

    The Uninstall button in Norton Security Uninstall
  5. The Mac informs you that a helper tool is needed to uninstall Norton Security. Enter your macOS system password in the field provided and select Install Helper to continue.

    A screenshot of the Install Helper dialog for Norton uninstall
  6. Click Restart Now.

Be sure to save open documents or anything else that you don't want to lose before you restart.

The Restart Now button in Norton Security Uninstall

Norton Security is removed from your Mac. Delete the Dock icon manually by clicking and dragging it to the Trash.