This article describes the methods that can be used to remove Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). Included are instructions and tools if the usual uninstall methods fail.
Uninstall options include:
- Client uninstall (including remote uninstalling of large groups)
- Removing specific client components
- Symantec Endpoint Protect Manager (SEPM) uninstall
- What to do when conventional uninstall methods fail: Cleanwipe, manual removal methods
- Mac client uninstall
Here are the recommended methods for uninstalling the Symantec Endpoint Protection client.
|Uninstall for a small group of clients||For small numbers of clients, use the standard Windows uninstall method.|
|Uninstall for a large group of clients||When accessing each client physically is not practical, there are many ways to automate the process. These include:|
It is possible to remove specific components from a Symantec Endpoint Protection client without the need to fully uninstall and reinstall.
|Removing components from a client||You can modify the installation for managed or unmanaged clients using Add or Remove Programs, or Programs and Features. You can find more information by visiting Add or remove features to existing Endpoint Protection clients.|
|Removing components from multiple clients||You can use the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (enterprise edition only) to modify the installation features on an entire group. Instructions for doing this can also be found in Add or remove features to existing Endpoint Protection clients.|
|Uninstall and reinstall LiveUpdate||To uninstall and reinstall LiveUpdate without uninstalling the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, see Reinstall LiveUpdate for Endpoint Protection Manager.|
The Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager uninstall is fairly straightforward and should be done on a per-manager basis. The following table lists topics that are related to this process.
|Backing up the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager||You should back up the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager using disaster recovery procedures. If you need to uninstall the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager, making these preparations in advance makes it easier to reconnect with existing clients and use previously configured policies when you reinstall. For information on preparing for disaster recovery, see Disaster recovery best practices|
|Removing the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager||The recommended method is to use the standard Windows uninstall method. For more information, see Uninstalling Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (enterprise).|
|Connecting existing clients to a new or reinstalled Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager||If it becomes necessary to uninstall and reinstall the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager without preparing in advance for disaster recovery, it is possible to reconnect existing Symantec Endpoint Protection clients to a new manager installation. See the following document for more information: How to point clients to a new Endpoint Protection Manager after decommissioning or replacing the existing one.|
Sometimes the recommended and preferred methods for uninstalling Symantec Endpoint Protection fail or do not work as expected.
|Cleanwipe||The Cleanwipe utility is intended for use only when uninstalling Symantec Endpoint Protection from the Windows control panel fails. For this utility, see Uninstalling Symantec Endpoint Protection with the CleanWipe utility.|
|Manual Removal||You can perform a manual removal. Instructions for the manual removal of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 and legacy products Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.0 Small Business and Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x can be found in the knowledge base article Manual uninstall documents for Symantec Endpoint Protection.|
Removing the Symantec Endpoint Protection client from Mac computers requires different methods and tools.
|Removal from a single client or small group of clients||
As of version 14, you can uninstall directly on the Mac.
For 12.1.x, Use the Symantec Uninstaller. For detailed instructions and how to get the tool, see Uninstalling the Symantec Endpoint Protection client for Mac.
|Removal from a large group of clients||You can accomplish removing a large number of clients at once by using the SymantecRemovalTool in conjunction with a remote management system like Apple Remote Desktop. You can find more information about SymantecRemovalTool by visiting the appropriate section in Remove Symantec software for Mac OS using RemoveSymantecMacFiles.|
|What to do if conventional methods fail||The RemoveSymantecMacFiles utility will remove all files and folders related to the Mac client install. More information and instructions for use can be found in the document Remove Symantec software for Mac OS using RemoveSymantecMacFiles.|
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