I thought I had uninstalledd Norton from my computer. It doesn't show up in a search even when I search hidden folders. Symantec seemed to be connected to Norton so I deleted that to and it doesn't show up in the hidden files either but I found symantec in the common files folder. I was able to delete all the exe files in the Symantec folder but it would not let me delete the dll files. Yet ever time I start my computer the Noerton Protection Center tries to install something on my computer. Fortunately it is something that requires permission so I have the option of canceling it. I looked where Windows Vista lets you determine which programs are automatically started up. symantec is there but it won't let me disable it. when I try to change the permissions for symantec's dll files it goes through the motions but then converts back to system immediately. How can Nortonbe on my computer yet not on my computer? why can't I find it and get rid of it? brw, my computer seems to be running much smoother since I got rid of the Symantec exe files but the mouse pointer still sticks a little bit and it sometimes seems like someone else is controlling it but not as much as before.