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Dec 11, 2011

How to Remove McAfee From Your Computer

McAfee is one of the most popular antivirus program which comprise the common functions available in modern security software. However, sometimes for some reason, the program may not meet your expectation and you just want to completely uninstall all McAfee components from your system to install another security application. In this blog I tried to explain how to safely uninstall and remove McAfee from your Computer using McAfee Removal Tool. McAfee Removal Tool is a software program designed to remove McAfee products from an operating system.
How to Remove McAfee From Your Computer

 Steps to Remove McAfee Using McAfee Removal Tool

•  Close all McAfee applications windows. Download the McAfee Removal tool from http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe.

•    Click on the "Save" button and save it to the desktop.

•    Double-click on the MCPR.exe file to launch this tool. If you use Windows Vista, then right-click on it and choose "Run as Administrator."

•    Once the process is complete, you will receive the message: "Clean Up Successful." Now re-boot your computer – this is required to fully remove the McAfee product. Once re-booted, the McAfee product will be uninstalled. 

•    Remove Leftover McAfee Folders. This is an optional step. Click on "Start" and then "My Computer." Double click "Program Files." Locate any McAfee product folders that may still be listed. Right click on each one and click on "Delete." Close the "My Computer" window.

Above procedure will help you to uninstall McAfee antivirus from your computer.


Steve January 22, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I experienced lots of errors when removing a trial version of McAfee Anti-virus. The McAfee Removal Tool helped but didn’t remove all of the registry keys in this instance.

I used regedit to perform an Edit/Find on the word McAfee. I didn’t have any other McAfee products loaded, so any registry keys with the word McAfee in them were deleted. Press the F3 key to automatically search for the next key with McAfee in it once the initial search has found one.

Before doing this, I exported the full registry for backup purposes (File/Export whilst ‘computer’ at the top of the hive list is highlighted).

A reboot after the manual regclean resolved the issue.




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