McAfee products can be uninstalled from your computer using the Windows Control Panel. To fully remove McAfee, however, a removal tool provided by McAfee must be used. After uninstalling the software and running the removal tool, McAfee will be completely erased from your system. Uninstalling the McAfee software from your computer will leave it vulnerable to security threats. A new antivirus program should be installed as soon as possible following the removal of McAfee.
Start your computer and access the Windows desktop. Close and exit out of any running McAfee programs.
Click the "Start" button located in the lower left hand corner of your desktop. Highlight the "Settings" option and left click the "Control Panel" button in the menu that pops up.
Double click on the "Add or Remove Programs" icon in the Control Panel window. Locate and click "McAfee SecurityCenter" in the list of installed software. Click the "Uninstall" or "Remove" button that appears, and McAfee will go through an automated process of removing itself from your computer.
Close any McAfee software that may have been opened during the previous steps. Open a web browser from your Windows desktop.
Navigate to the McAfee site and download the product removal tool (see link in Resources). Click the "Save" button to save the program removal tool to the preferred location on your computer.
After the removal tool has completed downloading, double click it to open it from the location that you saved it to. The file will have saved as "MCPR.exe" in Windows.
Reboot your computer after the program removal tool has ran and completed on your computer. After completing, you will be shown a message reading "Cleanup Successful" on your screen. McAfee will be completely removed from your computer after it reboots.
Boot up your computer and allow the Windows desktop to load. Exit any McAfee programs that are currently running on your computer.
Click on the "Start" button positioned on the bottom left hand side of your desktop. Click in the blank search field in the menu that pulls up above the Start button. Enter "Programs and Features" into the search field, and click the magnifying glass icon to search.
Locate "McAfee SecurityCenter" in the list of software that appears. Click "McAfee SecurityCenter," and proceed to click the "Uninstall" button. McAfee will walk you through a brief uninstall process and begin uninstalling.
Close out of any windows and programs that have been opened throughout the previous steps. Launch a web browser from your desktop.
Access the McAfee website to download the McAfee product removal tool (see link in Resources). Click on the "Save" button to copy the program removal tool to your computer.
Open the program removal tool from the location that you saved it to on your computer by double clicking the file. Right click the file and lef click "Run as administrator" in the menu that pops up. The removal tool is saved as "MCPR.exe" in Windows.
Restart your computer as soon as the McAfee program removal tool has finished running. The "Cleanup Successful" message will display on your screen once the tool is done running. The McAfee software will be completely uninstalled from your system after it is restarted.
- After uninstalling McAfee, install a new antivirus program as soon as possible to protect you from viruses.
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