How to Uninstall Norton on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling Norton on Mac is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. Whether you want to switch to a different antivirus software or no longer need the protection, this tutorial will guide you through the uninstallation process. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Quit Norton and Close All Related Processes

Before uninstalling Norton, make sure to quit the program and close any related processes running in the background. This ensures a smooth uninstallation process without any interruptions.

  • Option 1: Click on the “Norton” icon in the menu bar and select “Quit Norton.”
  • Option 2: Open “Activity Monitor” by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to “Applications” > “Utilities” > “Activity Monitor.” In the Activity Monitor window, locate any Norton processes (e.g., Norton Security, Norton Antivirus) and click on the “X” button in the top-left corner to quit each process.

Step 2: Open Finder and Locate Norton Applications

Norton applications are typically found in the “/Applications” folder. To locate them:

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in your Dock.
  2. In the Finder window, navigate to “Applications” located in the sidebar.
  3. Scroll through the list of applications until you find any Norton-related applications (e., Norton Security, Norton Antivirus).

Step 3: Move Norton Applications to Trash

To uninstall Norton from your Mac, simply move each Norton application you found in Step 2 to the Trash. Here’s how:

  1. Click and drag each Norton application to the Trash icon located in your Dock.
  2. Right-click on the Trash icon and select “Empty Trash” to permanently remove the Norton applications from your Mac.

Step 4: Remove Norton Files and Folders

To ensure a complete uninstallation of Norton, you should also remove any associated files and folders. Follow these steps:

  1. In Finder, click on the “Go” menu in the menu bar and select “Go to Folder. “
  2. In the “Go to Folder” window, type in: ~/Library/Preferences
  3. Delete any files that start with “” or “”.

    They are related to Norton preferences.

  4. In the same “Go to Folder” window, type in: ~/Library/Application Support
  5. Delete any folders that contain “Norton” or “Symantec”. These folders may contain additional Norton files.


You have successfully uninstalled Norton from your Mac. Remember to restart your computer for all changes to take effect. If you ever decide to reinstall Norton or switch to another antivirus software, you now know how to uninstall it properly.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out. Stay protected!

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