Uninstalling Symantec Antivirus: Wants "uninstall password"



scs0
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
(which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?

After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.

lvee
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
lol...great visual on that one. lol

"scs0" <scs0@vol.com> wrote in message
news:1116649516.469618.83540@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.
>

Jupiter Jones [MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
You or someone else probably set the password at some time.
I have not seen that issue unless a password was set.
AFAIK, there is no default password, at least I have not seen it in the
various NIS and NSW products I have dealt with.

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"scs0" <scs0@vol.com> wrote in message
news:1116649516.469618.83540@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.

PA Bear
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Is it a Personal or Professional edition of Symantec (Norton?) AntiVirus?
What version (e.g., 2004)?
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scs0 wrote:
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.

Sunny
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
"scs0" <scs0@vol.com> wrote in message
news:1116649516.469618.83540@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.

"Norton AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus Professional allow YOU to protect the
Norton AntiVirus Options settings with a password. This feature adds an
additional layer of security to protect against malicious code or hackers
who try to disable features in Norton AntiVirus, such as Auto-Protect."

Find out who set the password and give them a smack :-)

Leythos
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
In article <1116649516.469618.83540@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>, scs0
@vol.com says...
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.

Actually it's a normal security feature. It keeps the software from
being uninstalled by malicious programs.

Maybe you need to consider things other than big brother doing things to
harm you.

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Bruce Chambers
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
scs0 wrote:
> The Symantec Antivirus has a problem so stupid that hopefully caused
> someone at Symantec to lose their job. During the uninstall process
> (which was being done on in my case because their antivirus scan failed
> to scan and I needed to reinstall this POS), the uninstaller asked for
> the "uninstall password". What the hell is an "uninstall password"?
>
> After looking around on the web I discovered that the uninstall
> password is "symantec". If there's any justice in this world that
> sadistic Symantec developer is standing in the pouring rain along the
> road with a "will work for food" sign at this very moment.
>


And if you had bothered to read the documentation before installing the
product, you'd have known the default password, as well.


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Bruce Chambers
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
Jupiter Jones [MVP] wrote:
> You or someone else probably set the password at some time.
> I have not seen that issue unless a password was set.
> AFAIK, there is no default password, at least I have not seen it in the
> various NIS and NSW products I have dealt with.
>


JJ --

There's no password needed to uninstall Symantec's consumer product
line, Norton Antivirus, but the Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
does have such a feature, to prevent unauthorized users from removing
the client, thus endangering the network. As the documentation makes
clear, the default password for removal is, indeed, "Symantec."
Naturally, network admins are expected to change this.


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Uninstalling Symantec Antivirus: Wants "uninstall password"