How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus



How to Uninstall McAfee Internet Security

Three Methods:

While McAfee Internet Security does an excellent job of protecting you from the risks of being connected to the Internet, it is a tenacious program that can hog your computer's resources and create unwanted slowdowns. Uninstalling it can be chose - but isn't all that difficult if you follow the correct steps you can remove the program from your Windows or Mac computer within a few minutes.

Steps

Uninstalling on a Windows Computer

  1. Login to your McAfee account.If you would like to use the license for McAfee Internet Security on another computer after you uninstall it, you will need to release the license from the old computer. This can save you money, since you will not need to purchase a license for your other computer.
    • To log into your account, visit the McAfee homepage at http://home.mcafee.com. You will see a button in the upper-right corner of the page that says “My Account.” Click on this button.
    • Log in using the email address associated with your McAfee user account (the email address you provided when you first signed up) and your password. Click “Log in” to access your account.
  2. Deactivate the license.The My Account page contains all the information about your McAfee Internet Security license including the version and license term and expiration dates.
    • Navigate to theMy Accountpage. Here you will find a list of the computers registered to your account. Select the tab for the computer you wish to deactivate.
    • Look for the “Details” section of the computer. There you should find the “Deactivate” button.
    • A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to deactivate your liscense for this computer. If you are sure you want to do this, click “Deactivate.”
    • Once deactivated, you can reuse the license on a different computer, whether you are buying a new one or just wish to protect a different computer you already own.
  3. Access Settings or Control Panel.To uninstall McAfee Internet Security on a Windows 10 computer, you will use the settings menu (for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista you will use the Control Panel).
    • Click on theStartbutton.
    • Select theSettingsmenu option.
      • On Windows 8 Swipe In from the upper right corner of the screen and tapSearch. Enter “Control Panel” in the search box and Tap or Click onControl Panel.
      • On Windows 7 or Vista click on theStartbutton and then click onControl Panel.
  4. Navigate to uninstall.The Uninstall wizard will guide you through the process of uninstalling McAfee Internet Security completely from your computer.
    • SelectSystem > Apps & Features.
    • SelectMcAfee Internet Securityand then selectUninstall, and follow the prompts and directions on the screen.
      • On Windows 8, Navigate toView byand selectLarge Icons, tap or clickPrograms and Features, selectMcAfee Internet Securityand then tap or clickUninstalland follow the prompts or directions on the screen.
      • On Windows 7 or Vista selectPrograms > Programs & Features, thenMcAfee Internet Securityand finallyUninstalland follow the prompts and directions on the screen.

Uninstalling on a Mac

  1. Login to your McAfee account.If you would like to use the license for McAfee Internet Security on another computer after you uninstall it, you will need to release the license from the old computer. This can save you money, since you will not need to purchase a license for your other computer.
    • To log into your account, visit the McAfee homepage at http://home.mcafee.com. You will see a button in the upper-right corner of the page that says “My Account.” Click on this button.
    • Log in using the email address associated with your McAfee user account (the email address you provided when you first signed up) and your password. Click “Log in” to access your account.
  2. Deactivate the license.The My Account page contains all the information about your McAfee Internet Security license including the version and license term and expiration dates.
    • Navigate to theMy Accountpage. Here you will find a list of the computers registered to your account. Select the tab for the computer you wish to deactivate.
    • Look for the “Details” section of the computer. There you should find the “Deactivate” button.
    • A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to deactivate your liscense for this computer. If you are sure you want to do this, click “Deactivate.”
    • Once deactivated, you can reuse the license on a different computer, whether you are buying a new one or just wish to protect a different computer you already own.
  3. Navigate to the Applications folder.All of the applications on your Mac can be found in the Applications folder.
    • OpenFinder.
    • SelectApplications.
      • If you cannot find Applications in the Finder window sidebar, search for applications within spotlight in the upper right corner of the Finder window.
  4. Start McAfee Internet Security uninstaller.The McAfee product uninstaller will guide you through the successful removal of McAfee Internet Security from your Mac.
    • Find and open the McAfee Internet Security Folder.
    • Double-click theMcAfee Internet Security Uninstaller.
    • Select the checkbox beside Uninstall SiteAdvisor and clickContinue.
  5. Authorize the uninstall.Your Mac will verify that you are both authorized to remove this program and not removing it accidentally by asking you to enter your admin password.
    • Enter your admin password and clickOK.
      • This is the admin password for your Mac, not the McAfee password.
    • ClickFinish.
    • Reboot your Mac.

Uninstalling using MCPR

  1. Download the McAfee Consumer Product Removal.If the above steps do not work for your computer, you will need to use the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool to remove the software installed on your computer. Be aware that you should download a new copy of the MCPR tool any time you wish to use it so that you have the most up to date version of the tool.
    • You can download the MCPR tool from the McAfee website at http://us.mcafee.com/apps/supporttools/mcpr/mcpr.asp. Save the tool to a temporary folder.
  2. Run MCPR.The McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool will remove McAfee software from your computer. To do so, open the temporary file where you saved the MCPR and double-click. The file should be called “MCPR.exe”.
      • If a user account control dialogue box pops up, click “Yes.”
    • Follow the prompts on the screen.
    • Before you can run the tool, you must confirm that you really want to execute MCPR, or that you are really a human and not a bot. You will need to enter CAPTCHA information as it appears on your screen (it is case-sensitive, so make sure you are paying attention to capital and lower-case letters). Then click “Next.”
  3. Restart your computer.A message will appear informing you that the program was successful removed. Once you receive this message, you will need to restart your computer. The McAffee product will not be fully removed until you restart your computer.

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Warnings

  • Being without an antivirus software is dangerous. Make sure you install a reputable antivirus program to place of McAfee.

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