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Make Norton Anti-Virus work with Windows XP Home/Professional

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You might think you're crazy, but all they want is your money

Norton Anti-Virus 2001 works perfectly well on Windows XP Home or Professional. Symantec's website knowledgebase says so.

It's very simple to do; just load up Norton Anti-Virus and ignore any error screens by clicking on continue...

Before you reboot, download the SYMEVNT.EXE update from Symantec for Windows 2K...

Now reboot...

That's it, you're all set.

Make sure to check the proper settings so that NAV protects you properly.

Click here for my tutorial on how to do this.

Symantec DID have a page explaining how to make Anti-Virus run under Windows XP, but it has mysteriously vanished from their knowledgebase... 

Here is what Symantec wants you to believe...

Here's the article on how to make Norton Anti-Virus 2001 work under XP from Symantec's site... They hide it.

Removing SymEvnt the hard way:

Symevent most definitely IS a component of NAV (and in fact, virtually all Symantec products), despite your having uninstalled it. Here's how to remove it manually (instructions copied from Symantec web site):

1. Delete the Symevnt files from the following folders:
\Winnt\System32\Drivers (Symevent.sys only)
\Program Files\Symantec

1. Delete the following registry key:

CAUTION: We strongly recommend that you back up the system registry before you make any changes. Incorrect changes to the registry could result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Please make sure that you modify only the keys that are specified. Please see the document How to back up the Windows registry before you proceed. This document is available from the Symantec Fax-on-Demand system. In the U.S. and Canada, call (541) 984-2490, select option 2, and then request document 927002.


2. Navigate to the following key:


3. In the right pane, double click the value:

VDD value.

4. In the Value Data box, delete everything except the numvers 0000 that appear on the firs line.

5. Click OK.

6. Exit the Registry Editor.