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Huw Morgan-Jones
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 12:32 am:   

I think this is a software problem; the computer hard drive is clicking now and the computer is excessively slow.
It started when I tried to install Norton Antivirus via a download. The installation got half way through then an error occurred and wouldn't proceed. I couldn't therefore uninstall it so I had to manually erase it ( I have erased the registry entry as well now). Since the abortive installation the computer continually clicks .. I assume this is the hard drive in action.
I have tried freeing up disc space and cleaning up the registry all to no avail.
Anyone got any suggestions?
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 3:29 pm:   

Fdisk and Format and reinstall the operating system. All I can think of with a Failed Norton Antivirus install.
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 7:45 pm:   

it is possible to do the uninstall manually with norton antivirus, i have never had a clicking noise after though. it's possible that you may have inadvertently deleted an entry in the registry that you needed. what steps did you use to delete norton's in the registry? need more info. otherwise, i'd say, go and re-install winxx again. it might be that something's messed up, and it'll be too hard to fix it as i am not in front of it to see. not only that, it'd take way more time to try and fix it, rather than re-install.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 7:49 pm:   

Yeah, I had a similar problem. If Norton doesn't install correctly, it can be nearly impossible to remove from the machine. Always use the uninstaller if possible.

Perhaps I'm paranoid, but downloads like that scare me - try the CD version.

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