Symantec Antivirus 9 managed install

So if you ever have to deal with a “Managed” installation of Norton / Symantec Antivirus (in this case v9) and cannot seen to uninstall it because it asks you for a uninstall password remember that the password is “symantec”. We have some older machines on the network that our last audit missed as being originally installed by someone other then us. As it turns out he had set them up as managed installs, and well they haven’t updated their virus definitions in almost 2 years. Of course since they are managed one cannot change the settings. We can only blow it away and install a newer version. But to remove it you need the password. Stupid crappy software.

side note: booting in safe mode and nuking the directories isn’t enough. Also the uninstaller located on symantec’s web page will not remove version 9.