I personally adore and recommend ESET Nod32 Antivirus / Smart Security suite for everyone. But there are times when you want to test some other antivirus solution on your PC or may be want to use a different version of the same ESET antivirus and that would need you to uninstall the current Nod32 antivirus totally from your PC.


If you are facing problem to uninstall or remove ESET NOD32 antivirus, or if you want to totally remove NOD32 from your computer or if you need to uninstall NOD32 and need to install another antivirus, this article gives a detailed description to remove ESET NOD32 antivirus form your computer. Just follow one of these simple methods.

Steps to uninstall or remove ESET Nod32 antivirus completely

Method 1: Uninstall NOD32 by using Windows uninstaller

1. Click on Start → All Programs → ESET → Uninstall. After you uninstall, you will need to restart your computer.
Warning: Do not attempt to uninstall your ESET security product using the Windows Add or Remove Programs utility from the Control Panel.

2. After restarting, confirm that you can see hidden files and folders by clicking Start → Control Panel → Folder Options → View and select the Show hidden files and folders option.

3. Click Start → My Computer and then navigate to and delete the following folders:

C:\Program Files\ESET
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET
C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\ESET

Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users must delete the following folders:

C:\Program Files\ESET
C:\Program Data\ESET

NOTE: The uninstaller may remove the above folders automatically. If you are unable to find the folders after selecting Show hidden files and folders, the removal is complete.

Method 2: Uninstall NOD32 by NOD32 removal tool

This is the easiest way to remove NOD32. Follow the following steps:

1. Download NOD32 removal tool by clicking here [Download NOD32Removal].

2. Install the Nod32 removal tool

3. After finishing uninstallation, Restart your computer.

Method 3: Remove NOD32 manually

This method is the most complex amongst all the methods. Apply this method, when all of the above methods fail:

  • Restart your computer and start Windows with Safe Mode. Press the F8 key while rebooting and choose Safe mode from the list.
  • Click on Start menu and then click on Run.
  • Type regedit and hit Enter key of your keyboard.
  • From the registry editor find the following keys and delete them:
[c] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\egui

  • Click Start → Control Panel → Folder Options → View, Select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Go to C:\WINDOWS\inf folder and delete INFCACHE.1 file from that folder.
  • Now. Restart your computer and after reinstallation, delete the following three folders.

C:\Program Files\ESET
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET
C:\Documents and Settings\%USER%\Application Data\ESET

By following the above steps, you can easily remove ESET NOD32 antivirus totally from your computer.

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