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Should I remove Norton Online Backup?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
23% remove it77% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,187
United States Rank #993
Reach 0.5833%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.68 days
285.53 days >
Average installed length: 150.02 days


VersionDistribution 1.01% 0.08% 0.29% 15.07% 0.01% 37.92% 45.63%

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Norton Online Backup

What is Norton Online Backup?  (from Symantec)

Keep copies of your irreplaceable digital photos and important files safe from loss with secured, easy-to-use, professional-grade online backup. Norton Online Backup lets you quickly and easily recover your files in case of hard drive crashes, file system damage, or other data loss mishaps. If a computer disaster strik...  Read more


Norton Online Backup is a software program developed by Symantec. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named NobuActivation.exe. The setup package generally installs about 1 files and is usually about 3.31 MB (3,473,496 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 7. While about 56% of users of Norton Online Backup come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: us.norton.com/online-backup
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\Activation\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{C57BCDE1-7CB9-467D-B3BA-7E119916CDC1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.31 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Norton Online Backup

Program executable:NobuActivation.exe
Name:Norton Online Backup
Norton Online Backup Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\Activation\NobuActivation.exe
  • NobuActivation.exe - Norton Online Backup (Norton Online Backup Service)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • NobuActivation.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E021168D-F831-4F74-9266-AF9D3D4B05B7}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • NobuActivation.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'NortonOnlineBackupReminder' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\Activation\NobuActivation.exe" UNATTENDED.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • NobuActivation.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'NortonOnlineBackupReminder' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Online Backup\Activation\NOBuActivation.exe" UNATTENDED.

How do I remove Norton Online Backup?

You can uninstall Norton Online Backup from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Norton Online Backup, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Norton Online Backup.

Win 7 (SP1) 80%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 23%
Keep it 77%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 93.08%
Windows 10 6.37%
Windows XP 0.51%
Windows Vista 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 84.08%
Windows 10 Home 5.40%
Windows 7 Professional 4.62%
Windows 7 Starter 2.63%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 0.58%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.43%
  United Kingdom 7.43%
  Germany 4.87%
  France 4.42%
  Canada 3.83%
  Italy 2.81%
  Australia 2.33%
  Netherlands 1.67%
  Sweden 1.59%
  Spain 1.57%
  Belgium 1.11%
  Brazil 0.94%
  Finland 0.69%
  Taiwan 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 52.01%
Acer 45.42%
Sony 1.88%
Toshiba 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.18%
HP G62 Notebook PC 5.14%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.13%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 3.79%
HP G72 Notebook PC 2.64%
Acer Aspire 5738 2.61%

About Symantec

Symantec developers security software for business and consumers and helps customers protect their computers, information, identities and infrastructure by delivering software and services that address risks to security with various products such as Norton AntiVirus, Internet security, and anti-spyware products e.
Publisher URL: www.symantec.com


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