Occasionally, uninstalling an antivirus program using Windows Removal program is not sufficient due to system integration. Because of the nature of software and system integration, most antivirus developers has come up with special tool to completely remove their products.
Removing Nod32 is not actually problematic as many people think. Having said that, after we just finish performing a normal uninstallation, you need to remove manually few files in its directory. That shouldn't be a problem but it requires some registry tweaking which in turn demands some advance knowledge. In this post I will show you 2 methods on how to completely remove NOD32 Antivirus from your PC. We will go with the easiest first (NOD32 Removal Tool) before we get our hands dirty with manual removal using the registry. Please note, try to remove NOD32 with the 1st method first. If for some reasons it doesn't work, proceed with the second method.
Method 1: Nod32 Removal tool
Nod32 Removal Tool v.18.104.22.168 is a small tool developed by Nod32 team in Netherlands (thus the interface language is on Dutch only!). This Nod32 Removal Tool only require a single click to complete the job. Yes! it's really peace of mind. You don't really have to understand the Dutch language to perform the removal.
After you have downloaded Nod32 Removal Tool on your PC, double click on the remover, select "Yes" and wait for a confirmation before it finishes its job. That's it!
Method 2: Removing NOD32 manually
This method requires several steps and it's not really pleasant to follow through these steps but please bear with me and it will be over within minutes.
Step 1: Restart your PC and enter your Windows through Safe Mode.
Step 2: Hit the "Start Menu" and then click on "Run...".
Step 3: Key in regedit into the prompt and press [ENTER].
Step 4: Your registry editor will pop open. Browse to the following registry paths and delete them
Step 5: Open any Windows explorer (say for example from your "My Computer"). From the top menu go to "Tools > Folder Options > View (the middle tab) and tick on "Choose hidden files, folders and drives". This step essentially allows you to see all hidden files.
Step 6: Now go to C:\WINDOWS\inf directory and delete INFCACHE.1 file.
Step 7: Restart your computer and after that, locate the following 3 folders and delete them.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET
C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\ESET
By now you have completely uninstalled any Nod32 products from your PC.