Friday, March 25, 2011

How to uninstall Symantec Anti Virus without a password

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
  • 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!

Prevent Mac OS X to write .DS_Store on network drives

Simply enter
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

in a terminal