McAfee Family Protection allows parents to limit what their kids can access online. As you'd expect, removing the software isn't as simple as navigating to your computer's Control Panel and clicking on "Uninstall." If it were, most web-savvy children would find a way around it in next to no time.
You'll need to obtain an uninstall code before you can remove McAfee Family Protection from your computer. To get this, double-click on the "Family Protection" icon in your computer's taskbar. Log in to your Family Protection user interface with your administrator credentials and click "Get Uninstall Code." Make a note of your code and click "Done." Your uninstall code will expire at midnight on the day you obtain it. If you don't use it before it expires, you'll need to log back into your account and obtain another one.
Shut down all programs running on your computer and disconnect it from the Internet. Click your computer's "Start" button followed by "All programs," "McAfee Family Protection" and "Uninstall Family Protection." Select "Remove" and follow the instructions to uninstall your McAfee software, entering your user credentials and uninstall code when prompted. Restart your computer at the end of the process and reconnect your Internet connection.
If you've decided you don't want to use Family Protection within 30 days of taking out a subscription, you'll be able to contact McAfee for a full refund. You'll also be entitled to your money back if you cancel within 60 days of your annual subscription automatically renewing. Remove your McAfee software outside of these time frames, and you'll still be paying for it whether you use it or not.
Installing a replacement family protection program will be necessary if you still want to monitor and police what your children are getting up to online. If you've decided to do away with Family Protection on cost grounds, you may be able to take advantage of free parental controls from your Internet service providers. TalkTalk, Vigin and BT all provide online security controls for parents. You can also set PINs to block adult content on streaming video services such as the BBC iPlayer, 4OD and Netflix.
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