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Trend Micro WFBS installation fails because of previous Symantec Endpoint Protection cloud product
Description of the Problem
You are switching antivirus/endpoint products. Your old product is Symentec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition cloud. Your new product is Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Services. The Trend Micro installer detects a previous product and attempts to remove it, but cannot, so the installation fails. You have checked under "Programs and Features" or "Add/Remove Programs" in the Windows control panel and do not see your Symantec product in the list of installed programs.
You may have even tried running tools such as the Symantec Removal Tool or Cleanwipe, but even after running them, the Trend Micro installer still detects a previous Symantec product that it cannot uninstall.
The Symantec/Broadcom knowlege base has a long article detailing how to perform a complete uninstall of SEP SBE cloud. Following all of the steps it recommends may seem time-consuming, intimidating, and/or overbroad. You are looking for a simple, yet effective fix that will allow your Trend Micro installation to succeed.
First, be sure that you have removed all Symantec endpoint programs from your "Programs and Features" or "Add/Remove Programs" list in your Windows control panel.
Next, open Regedit.exe and find the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Symantec Hosted Services ARP
Select this key and delete it. Your Trend Micro WFBS installation should now succeed.
Posted on September 9, 2020
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