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Silently remove Symantec AV through GPO?

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  • Silently remove Symantec AV through GPO?

    I need a way to check for the existence of Symantec AV and silently uninstall it if necessary. I need this to happen in the machine startup script.

    Does anyone know how? I've looked at nonav and that doesn't seem to work.

    Is anyone familiar with calling the uninstall program silently and automating the process?

    Many thanks

  • #2
    Re: Silently remove Symantec AV through GPO?

    You could give msiexec a go and try to incorporate it into a scrip.

    Click START then RUN and type msiexec to see all the available switches for uninstalling.

    Hope this helps

    Michael Armstrong
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    • #3
      Re: Silently remove Symantec AV through GPO?

      Removing NAV/SAV can be like trying to trim the nails on an angry polar bear, let alone trying to do it silently from an automated script.

      How well versed are you with scripting? Detecting its existance on a machine would be fairly easy to script and there are a few different ways I can think of to go about this: Checking for the existance of files, checking for the existance of SAVs services, checking the registry for existing SAV keys, checking the registry under Microsoft's uninstall data key, etc.

      I've seen NONAV do a lot of damage to servers. Be careful with that tool.
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