How to remove "NOD 32" completely from the computer? ESET NOD32

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How to remove "NOD 32" completely from the computer? ESET NOD32
How to remove "NOD 32" completely from the computer? ESET NOD32

Yes, of course, many users will agree that Eset's software products in the form of antiviruses used in Windows or mobile systems are very reliable and have proven themselves well in securing any device. Everything would be fine, but quite often, when a user tries to uninstall an antivirus in order, for example, to switch to using another protection tool, "NOD 32" is not removed. How to remove this antivirus and all similar applications like Smart Security or Internet Security, read on.

The instructions below must be followed very clearly, otherwise, during the uninstallation process, you will get all kinds of errors and failures, or at the end of the uninstallation, a huge amount of computer garbage will remain in the system, due to which it may not be possible to install another antivirus (it will determine that the system already has another software product of this class). In passing, it is worth noting that the solutions below are equally well suited for everyone.antivirus from ESET.

How to remove "NOD 32" using standard system tools?

As the first and one of the simplest solutions, consider using the built-in tools of the Windows systems themselves, regardless of which modification is installed on the user's computer terminal or laptop.

You can use the standard Programs and Features section located in the "Control Panel" for uninstallation. In order not to search for it for a long time or not to perform a lot of unnecessary actions, you can immediately call the “Run” console with a quick combination of Win + R and write the appwiz.cpl command in it. Now you need to find the antivirus itself (Eset NOD32 or any other installed product) in the list of installed applications and click on the uninstall / change the program item, which is located above the list.

Removing an antivirus using the standard method
Removing an antivirus using the standard method

After that, your own antivirus uninstaller will start. If this does not happen, one of the two tools built into the OS itself will be activated instead.

Don't be fooled though, because in some cases you won't be able to completely remove GCD 32. The reason is only that at the end of the removal followed by a restart (or without it for now), you will have to get rid of entries in the system registry and residual files on your own. If there should not be any particular problems with registry keys, then quite often it is impossible to find and delete antivirus files and directories, since they turn out to be blocked. If you have suchsituation, proceed to the following steps.

How to remove antivirus "NOD 32" with built-in uninstaller?

As you know, for almost all applications during installation, installers usually create their own sections and links in the main Start menu. The described antivirus is no exception. Do not be too lazy to expand the main menu, find the antivirus folder there, open its contents and launch your own uninstaller. If the uninstaller is present there, and the program was initially installed correctly, the removal will be completed without problems.

Missing uninstaller in start menu
Missing uninstaller in start menu

However, even here some difficulties may lie in wait for you, since there may not be a tool for uninstalling in the specified section. In this case, you need to call "Explorer" or any of the available file managers, go to the directory with the installed antivirus, taking into account its bit depth (Program Files or the x86 folder of the same name), and run the uninstaller from there. But even here it may not be! How to remove "NOD 32" in such a situation? In this case, you can use an additional tool called ESET Uninstaller.

Using an additional official tool

You can download this small utility directly from the official website of the developer.

Uninstalling antivirus with Eset Uninstaller
Uninstalling antivirus with Eset Uninstaller

After downloading on all systems of the seventh version and above, it should be run as administrator, after which the uninstallation will beactivated using the command line, in which you will have to agree to the removal of the software product in use twice by pressing the confirmation key "Y".

What to do if deletion is not possible: preliminary steps

However, even when using all sorts of official means, as it turns out, problems very often cannot be avoided. The main reason for this phenomenon, most experts call only the fact that it is strongly recommended to uninstall any anti-virus software (with rare exceptions) only when the system starts in safe mode. In modifications of Windows 7 and earlier, to select a safe start, you must use the menu called up at boot by pressing the F8 key, and in the eighth and tenth versions, you need to use special boot options, but the easiest way is to perform a standard reboot while holding down the Shift key.

Note: in order to return the classic menu using F8, first, in the command console, launched exclusively on behalf of the administrator, you must enter the combination bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy legacy.

After starting in the above mode, first call the "Task Manager" and see if there are any active Eset NOD32 antivirus processes there. If there are any, end them all either by clicking the button at the bottom right, or by using the RMB menu on the selected process.

Disabling antivirus at startup
Disabling antivirus at startup

Now, in modifications 7 and below, call to the configuration (msconfig), and in the eighth and tenth, stay in the "Task Manager",go to the startup tab and disable all protection components. In the case of the described product, these are the processes Nod32kui.exe or Nod32krn.exe.

Antivirus removal process

Now uninstall using one of the above methods, but it is better to give preference to either your own uninstaller or an additional tool preloaded from the developer's site. But how to remove "NOD 32" if you forgot the password, which can sometimes be required when starting the uninstallation?

In this situation, you can act in the most rude way, using the registry editor (regedit), where you will need to find and delete all antivirus keys through the search, setting the name of the program (Eset) as the search criterion. The method, I must say, is far from the best and safest. We will dwell on more preferred options a little later, but for now let's see what needs to be got rid of if the deletion did take place.

Clean up antivirus leftovers

First of all, after deleting the keys, you will need to check the directories of the program files and completely get rid of the contents of the ESET directory, deleting it after clearing the files that may be present there.

Antivirus folders in the user's AppData directory
Antivirus folders in the user's AppData directory

The directories of the same name must be found in the Local and Roaming directories, which are nested in the hidden AppData folder in the main user directory, which is located on the C drive in the general section of all users (Users). At the end of the action, the system will need to be rebooted in the regularmode.

Note: if files and folders for some reason, even after deleting registry entries, are locked and not deleted, use the Unlocker unlocker by calling its command after installation in Explorer from the RMB menu. If necessary, right in the utility, expand the list of processes blocking the selected file and “kill” them all, then repeat the deletion.

Remove antivirus in CCleaner optimizer

Now let's see how it is possible to remove "NOD 32" from the computer completely using third-party software tools. CCleaner, I think, needs no introduction! This powerful program can remove any application from the system.

Removing antivirus in CCleaner
Removing antivirus in CCleaner

First, use its service section, where in the startup and on the "Scheduler" tab, disable everything related to the antivirus, then go to the uninstall section, mark the antivirus and click the uninstall button. In theory, even if a password was used for the antivirus, this application will simply ignore it, and the removal will be carried out in full even without the need to use the safe start mode. To be sure, go to the registry key, analyze it, and then apply automatic fixes.

Using uninstallers to uninstall

It is possible to completely remove "NOD 32" by the same method described above by using narrowly targeted uninstallers.

Removing antivirus in iObit Uninstaller
Removing antivirus in iObit Uninstaller

BIn particular, iObit Uninstaller seems to be the most relevant tool in this regard, since you just need to mark the antivirus in the list of installed applications, click the uninstall button, and then activate the option to automatically clean up leftovers, which will include both registry keys and files. In some cases, it may be reported that the cleanup will be performed at the next system start. Reboot and see the result.

Using iObit Uninstaller to find and clean leftovers

In order to remove the remnants of "NOD 32" if the main application is incorrectly uninstalled or due to their blocking, you can use the same uninstaller.

Tools to clean up leftovers, force delete and shred files
Tools to clean up leftovers, force delete and shred files

Only in this case you will need to call the automatic search and removal tool. If the files are still not deleted, activate the file shredder, drag the objects that cannot be deleted from the antivirus folder in Explorer to the tool window, and confirm the deletion.

Note: even if using the standard uninstallation, you can’t completely remove “NOD 32” in any situation and none of the proposed tools, run the forced uninstallation process in iObit Uninstaller, which almost always gives a 100% positive result. To do this, in the object field, you will need to specify the path to the antivirus executable file in the above Program Files program directories using the browse button.

Filtration mechanism bug fix

Finally, if you can't completely remove GCD 32, but you get an error with the basic filtering service, use the services section (services.msc).

Starting the Basic Filtering Service
Starting the Basic Filtering Service

Find the specified service there, double-click to edit options, press the start button, set the start type to "Automatic", save the changes and try to uninstall again.

Crash fix 2350

Finally, let's see how to remove "NOD 32" from "Windows 10" if error code 2350 is displayed in the error message. The proposed solution is also suitable for situations where you do not remember or lost the password, but to restore it by contacting support do not want or simply do not have time.

Start the command console as an administrator, then sequentially execute the commands MSIExec /unregister and MSIExec /regserver in it. Try uninstalling your antivirus.

Configuring Environment Variable Settings
Configuring Environment Variable Settings

If this does not help, go to the settings of environment variables in the advanced system settings and change the values of the TEMP and TMP variables, specifying the combination %USERPROFILE% for local folders at the beginning of the location path, and after saving the options, repeat the deletion.

Note: as an additional measure, you can use the search for temporary files directories (all TEMP and TMP objects) in Explorer, completely clear everything that is in them, and only then proceed to re-uninstall anyfrom the available protective packages from Eset.

Last tip

It remains to be said that you should never, under any circumstances, manually delete folders and files of protective packages without first activating the process of uninstalling the main components of antiviruses, since such rash actions can lead to completely unpredictable consequences, which can have an extremely negative impact on the functioning of the entire operating system.

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