How to Reinstall Norton

by Kefa Olang

Norton Antivirus is one of the most common security programs designed to protect your computer from malicious tools (e.g., spyware, viruses) that threaten computer performance. While it is a good security program, it can become corrupt or damaged (e.g., missing DLL files) and cause system errors or stop working effectively. Uninstalling the program and reinstalling it is a simple solution to resetting corrupt entries and ensuring that your computer remains protected from dangerous files.

Uninstall the current Norton Antivirus application you have installed on your computer. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button and click "Control Panel."

Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" (Windows 98, ME and XP users) to open the programs window. For Windows Vista users, click "Program and Features" and click "Uninstall a Program" to open the programs window. The uninstallation steps are the same for all Windows operating systems once you are in the programs window.

Scroll through and click Norton Antivirus. Click "Remove/Uninstall" and click "Remove all." Restart your computer when prompted to. Uninstall any other antivirus programs you have installed on your computer as well.

Insert the Norton installation CD into the CD-ROM drive on your computer if you purchased one. The CD automatically runs and launches the installation wizard. If you downloaded Norton Antivirus from the Symantec website, double-click the installation file and click "Run" to begin the installation wizard.

Remove the check from "Join Community Web Watch" if you are not interested in this feature. Click "Install Options" and click "Browse" if you want to change the default installation location. Click "OK" after making the selection.

Click "User License Agreement," and click "OK" after reading it. Click "Agree and Install" to begin the installation. Norton Antivirus will launch automatically when the installation is complete.

Click "Activate Now" on the program and type in the product key. The product key is located on the packaging on the purchased CD or on the email sent to you when you purchase the online download. Click "Next." Type in your email address and click "Next."

Type in your password and click "Next." Since you are reinstalling the program, you should already have the account you created when you originally installed the first copy. You do not have to create a new account.

Click "Done" to compete the reinstallation.

About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.