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ROBERT DELORENZO asked on March 20, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Unable To Remove ccSvcHst.exe In Notification Area Icons List

» I can't get rid of ccSvcHst.exx in the list of notification area icons. It indicates that it belongs to Norton Internet Security. And I'm wondering how much other hidden Norton stuff is still on this new computer. I would appreciate any advice on how to remove this. Perhaps there is a third party removal tool that is safe and not provided by Norton that might be more thorough.

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» When you install Norton software on your computer, the ccsvchst exe process automatically installs itself to your system. This process is also known as the Symantec Service Framework. It displays the graphical user interface of Norton products. For that reason, if this process malfunctions, the Norton graphical interface will not display correctly. If you want to kill the ccsvchst exe process, use simple procedures that are native to your system.

Here is how to remove ccsvchst exe process: Click "Start" in the bottom left corner of the desktop. > Type "cmd" in the search box and press "Enter" to load the Command Prompt. > Type "taskkill /ccsvchst.exe" at the prompt and press "Enter." This will kill the process. Exit the Command Prompt.

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STEPHEN LUSARDI replied on March 26, 2013

All Answers:

  1. MRA WICKWAR replied on March 20, 2013: » Try using the Norton Removal Tool: Download and run the Norton Removal Tool to uninstall your Norton ...

    You could also check your Startup programs to see if it is listed there: Click Start, type: msconfig > Hit Enter on your keyboard > Go to the Startup tab > Uncheck entries related to Symantec or Norton > Click Apply and OK > Restart when prompted.

  2. ROBERT DELORENZO replied on March 21, 2013: » I have run the Norton Removal Tool you suggest. It did not remove ccSvcHst.exe. There are no Norton or Syamantec items in the start menu.

  3. MUTHIAH KRISHNAN replied on March 22, 2013: » We need to delete IconStreams, PastIconStreams in registry key, then restart...


  4. ROBERT DELORENZO replied on March 23, 2013: » I can’t seem to ever get all of Symantec stuff off this computer and quit trying. Using the uninstall program function really does not seem to uninstall anything completely. Files and folders are left behind. I still find ccSvcHst.exe in two locations when I search C: drive for it. (C:\SYSTEM.SAV\LOGS\misc\SetupComplete.cmd and C:\SYSTEM.SAV\LOGS\SymNIS) and I do not know if it is OK to delete these text files so I did not.

    However ccSvcHst.exe has disappeared from the list of notification area icons. I think it was simply bumped as other icons populated the list.