Tech Tip: Removing Security Software, the Clean Way

By Julio Franco
Jun 27, 2012
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  1. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,765   +534

    Very Handy Link! Just sent it round our company so everyone knows about it :)
  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,293   +439

    We've been using removal tools for years.
    I've wrote some of them into batch files so a single execution does multiple removals at once.
    Some of the older McAfee installs were a damn pain.
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,112   +61

    Have recently had trouble removing Trend Micro from 4 different computers. THANK YOU TECHSPOT!

    I've used one before, but for Symantec, and didnt think to look for one for Trend Micro.

  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 690   +206

    Pretty much any time I buy a laptop, I set it up, then pull the hard drive, set it on a shelf with a sticker with the warranty expiration date, pop in a new clean drive and set it up the way I want. Gets rid of the junk and the junk security that comes with a laptop.
    After the warranty is out, I wipe it and mirror the drive, throw it in the laptop case with my computer stuff, so if the drive crashes in the field, I can pop it out, throw in the backup and keep running. If a warranty problem appears, pop out the drive I installed, throw the original drive back in, and let the warranty process proceed without having to worry about any personal data being in the hands of the repair facility.
  5. haryaaditia

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  6. Coodu

    Coodu TS Enthusiast Posts: 155

    Yeah, I have a whole section on my PortableApps framework memory stick just for removal tools. Especially CA, my god that is a vile piece of code...

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