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How to Terminate a Norton Process

To terminate a Norton process, you need to proceed with caution. Disabling or stopping Norton’s processes can leave your system vulnerable to security threats. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Using Task Manager:
    • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
    • In the “Processes” tab, locate the Norton process. It may be listed under names like NortonSecurity.exe, NSBU.exe, NIS.exe, or similar.
    • Right-click on the process and select “End Task” or “End Process”.
  2. Using Command Prompt:
    • Press Windows Key + R, type cmd, and press Enter to open Command Prompt.
    • Use the taskkill command to stop a Norton process. For example, if the process is NortonSecurity.exe, type taskkill /IM NortonSecurity.exe /F and press Enter.
    • The /F parameter forcefully closes the process.
  3. Using Services:
    • Press Windows Key + R, type services.msc, and press Enter.
    • Find the Norton service in the list (it might be listed as Norton Security Service or something similar).
    • Right-click on the service and select “Stop”.
  4. Via Norton Interface:
    • Open the Norton application.
    • Navigate to the settings or protection center. Look for an option to disable or pause the antivirus protection temporarily.
  5. Using System Configuration:
    • Press Windows Key + R, type msconfig, and press Enter.
    • In the “Services” tab, uncheck the Norton service and click “OK”. This action will prevent it from starting automatically with Windows but won’t stop it if it’s currently running.
  6. Boot in Safe Mode:
    • Restart your computer in Safe Mode, where many background services, including Norton, do not run by default.
    • From Safe Mode, you may have better luck in stopping the process or carrying out tasks that are being blocked by the antivirus.
  7. Uninstalling Norton:
    • To permanently remove Norton, you can do so through the Control Panel or Settings app under “Add or Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”.

Remember, it’s important to re-enable your antivirus protection as soon as you’re done with the task that required its deactivation. Keep your system secure by ensuring Norton is running during normal operation.

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