Monday, August 29, 2011

How to Remove McAfee Products

The article has been designed to help users remove McAfee products from their system using simple methods. The methods described in the article are simple and correct to the date. It is still advised that users follow the instructions carefully to remove the desired product and avoid running into common McAfee product problems.

McAfee products are ranked among the best security products for computer systems. However, sometimes users may want to uninstall their McAfee product(s) for the reinstallation purpose or due to unwanted technical issues or meddling with third-party programs or hardware among other reasons. Though it is easy to uninstall the McAfee products, you may still run into problems that might prompt you to contact your McAfee support services. However, the below mentioned guide will help you get rid of the McAfee product(s) on your own.


Click on the Start menu, go to Control Panel, and then double click on the Add or Remove Programs icon to open it. Wait until the window populates with all the programs. Locate the particular McAfee product or suite like McAfee Internet Security etc. and then click on the Change/Remove button. When prompted, click on the Yes or OK button to proceed. If you see that only some files are being offered to remove, click on Yes, for all to remove all the files. When prompted, reboot the computer to let the removal procedure complete and save changes.

Windows Vista/7 users click on the Start menu and type ‘programs and features’ (without quotes and as is) in the Start Search menu and hit Enter on the keyboard. When the window opens, click Uninstall a program, select the particular McAfee product like McAfee Internet Security etc., and click on the Uninstall button. When prompted, click on the Yes button or whatever option you see there to proceed. Wait until the process completes and prompts you to reboot the computer. You must reboot your computer when prompted to let the changes save.

Finally download and run a free or paid registry cleaner, an automated tool, to clean up the empty and/or damaged registry entries of the uninstalled McAfee program. Make a backup of the registry (the automatic tool will let you create a restore point) before running the registry cleaner. This shall completely remove the desired product along with its traces from your computer.

If the abovementioned method doesn’t completely remove the desired McAfee program(s), then download the MCPR.exe tool from McAfee’s website to download the tool. Click on the Save File button and save the file to a desired location where it is easily accessible from. When done, locate the file, and double click on it to open. Run the file (run as an administrator in Windows Vista/7) and wait until the process completes. When you receive the message Cleanup Successful, reboot your computer. If you want you can view logs of the uninstalled program and save these to a Notepad. When done, contact your McAfee technical support and give them the log details to confirm that McAfee products have been fully removed from your computer.
If everything else fails, then go to the McAfee website, login to your McAfee account by entering the username and password, and unsubscribe to your product by clicking on the Deactivate button.

Additional Tips:

The MCPR.exe (McAfee Consumer Product Removal) tool will uninstall all the versions (from 2005 to 2011) of McAfee consumer products. The tool doesn’t support Windows ME and 98.

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