There may be a reason for you to decide to uninstall your McAfee antivirus software. So, if you have already to do the removal job, do it in a proper way. Considering that you need to know the right procedure, I have brought you a free McAfee antivirus support guide. This guide will walk you through the removal procedure step-by-step and help you easily remove the McAfee program. Just make sure that you follow the procedure properly to avoid facing McAfee antivirus problems.
Click the Start menu and go to Control Panel. When in the Control Panel window, look for Add or Remove Programs and double-click to open it. When in Add or Remove Programs, look for the McAfee Security Center program. Click to select it and then hit the Change/Remove button on the right hand site. If prompted, confirm the action. Remember that you must be logged in as an administrator to the computer to do uninstall.
Failing to which will not let you take it off your computer. When the McAfee SecurityCenter window comes up, make sure that all the components viz. VirusScan, Personal Firewall, and SiteAdvisor etc. are checked. Click the Remove button to begin the process. Hit Remove again when you see the McAfee warning message. Wait for the process to complete. It may take some time, so be patient. When done and prompted, reboot your computer.
If you are a Windows 7/Vista user, go to Control Panel from the Start menu and click the Uninstall a program link under Programs. You will be in the Programs and Features window. Alternatively, you can type ‘programs and features’ (without quotes) in the Start Search bar to get in this window. Look for McAfee Security Center (or anything similar like McAfee VirusScan Enterprise depending on the McAfee version you are using), select it, and then click the Uninstall/Change button.
If prompted, confirm the action. Verify that all the McAfee components are checked. Hit the Remove button. Hit Remove again when the warning message appears. Wait for all the components to remove fully. Do not close or stop the process meanwhile as it can lead to other McAfee antivirus problems. Reboot your computer when prompted. The McAfee program should be uninstalled from your computer. In case, you see a message that McAfee did not remove successfully, download and install the McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool (MCPR.exe).
Open your web browser, type ‘download MCPR.exe’ (without quotes) in your search engine’s search bar (Google or Bing etc.), and hit the Enter key on the keyboard. You will a number of sites offering MCPR.exe download in the search results. You can download it from any trusted website like Softpedia or CNET. Click the Save File button to save the downloaded file. If prompted, choose a place where you want to save it. When done, look for the file and double-click to open it.
Hit the Run button when prompted. Wait for the program to look for and extract all the McAfee files. Hit the Next button on the McAfee Software Removal window. Click to the check the Agree button to accept the End User License Agreement and hit the Next button. If prompted, type the Security Authentication code and then hit the Next button. Remember, the code is case sensitive. So type the capital and small letters as is. Hit the Next button to continue.
The McAfee software removal procedure will begin. It may take some time, so do not close or terminate the procedure. When successfully removed, you will see a McAfee successful cleanup message. Otherwise, you will see an Incomplete Uninstallation or Unsuccessful message. Click the View Logs button to check the details of the leftover files. These files will open up in a Windows Notepad. Press the Ctrl + S keys together to save this file. Give it a name like MCPR.exe or any desired name. Contact a McAfee technical support service and present this file to the McAfee agent. Let the McAfee technical support do the clean up.
If you want to manually remove the McAfee files from your computer, here is the procedure. Before you go ahead, make sure that you follow the procedure carefully to remove the files. Click on the Start button and go to My Computer. Windows 7/Vista users should go to Computer. Double click to open the Local C: drive. Navigate to Program Files in the C directory and search for McAfee files and/or folders.
Use the Windows Search tool to find those files. Press the Ctrl and F keys together to bring up the Search box. Type McAfee in the Search box and hit Enter. Select the files and/or folders and hit the Delete key on the keyboard. When done with Program Files, search in the drives C and D etc. Delete all the McAfee files. Exit all the windows.
Open Registry Editor. Click the Start menu and go to Run. Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) in the Open box and hit Enter. Here I am sharing an easy method to search Registry Editor not just for McAfee entries but for any other program’s entries. Use the Ctrl + F key combination to bring up the Find utility. Type ‘McAfee’ (without quotes) in the Find box and hit Enter. The Find tool will search throughout the registry branches and bring up the McAfee entries. Select each entry and hit the Delete button. Repeat this search and delete procedure until the Find tool exhausts all the registry branches. When done, exit Registry Editor and reboot your computer. In case of a problem, contact a McAfee product support service.