McAfee does a very good job when it comes to blocking and removing online threats viz. Spam, phishing, virus, Trojan, keylogger, and rootkit amongst others. After that, you may have already decided to remove McAfee antivirus from your computer due to a number of reasons.
Now that when you actually go to remove it, you may face difficult doing so. Also it may happen that you might be unable to remove it after following a standard procedure to the very best. So, to prevent you from facing such a problem, I have designed an easy and free McAfee Antivirus support program that will help you easily remove the McAfee program from your PC.
Open Task Manager. Right click anywhere on the taskbar and then select Task Manager . Alternately, you can open it by pressing the key combination of Alt , Ctrl , and Delete on the keyboard. When in Task Manager, click the Processes tab and look for McShield.exe, McProxy.exe, McAgent.exe, MFP.exe, and / or updateservice.exe process. Click to select it and press the End Process button. This will prevent the McAfee antivirus process from running and obstructing with the McAfee antivirus removal procedure. Click the X button at the extreme top right corner of the Task Manager window to close it.
If you are using Windows XP, click on the Start menu and go to Control Panel . Double click the Add or Remove Programs icon. Wait for it open and populate with programs. When done, look for McAfee Security Center or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or anything by the name McAfee, select it and then hit the Change / Remove button on the right hand side. When prompted, confirm the action. Wait for the Windows to complete the action. When prompted, reboot your PC.
If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, click the Start button and type 'programs and features' (without quotes and as is) in the Start Search bar. Look for the Programs and Features option in the search results, select it and hit Enter to get in. When in Programs and Features, look for McAfee program (as mentioned above), select it, and hit the Uninstall button. If prompted for a confirmation, click Yes or Uninstall (whichever you see there). Reboot your computer when prompted. Make sure that you are logged in as an administrator to your computer to do this action. Failing to which will not let you uninstall the McAfee program.
Now look for the McAfee files in C: directory (it is always the default main directory in most of the computers, if your main directory is different, change to that). Click on the Start menu and browse to either Control Panel or My Computer. Press the Ctrl and F keys together to bring up the Windows Search utility. Select Local hard drives (C, D, H etc.) from the drop-down arrow under Look in . Type 'McAfee' (without quotes) in the All or part of the file name box and hit Enter . The utility will search for the McAfee files through all the folders, directories and display them in the search results.
Select each file and delete it. Repeat the procedure for all the files. Always select to search from a directory. It will save your time by searching through all the places Temp folder, Program Files, Desktop, Local Settings, and Administrator among others a directory has. You need not search for an individual file or folder for McAfee files. When done deleting all the files, close the Windows Search utility. Open Registry Editor. Click on the Start menu and browse to Run . Type 'regedit' (without quotes) in the blank field and hit Enter . This will take you to Windows Registry Editor. Windows 7 and Vista users may need to enter the admin password to continue.
When in Registry Editor, first back up your registry or create a restore point in your computer. Registry is the heart of a Windows computer. It stores all the configurations and settings for a Windows operating system. So, if you wrongly modify your registry, your computer may fully or partially become inoperable. In other words, you can say that it can crash. When done, bring the Find utility again by pressing the Ctrl and F keys together. The method I am going to describe here will save you a tremendous deal of time searching for McAfee or any other program entries that you may want to remove from your PC.
So, bring up the Find utility. Type 'mcafee' (without quotes) in the Find What box and hit the Find Next button. Alternately, you can press the Enter key to continue. It will search for the McAfee registry entries through the individual registry branches like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, and HKEY_CURRENT_USER etc. Select each McAfee registry entry and delete it. Repeat this procedure for all the registry entries of McAfee and delete them. Beside, keep searching for the entries until the Find utility stops bringing them up in search results. This is the easiest and fastest method of searching through the Windows Registry Editor.
When done, exit the Registry Editor window. Now that all the files and entries have been deleted from your computer, restart it. When done, connect to the internet and download the MCPR.exe tool from the McAfee website. Save the downloaded file and exit the browser window. Afterwards, locate the MCPR.exe file and run it. Hit the Next button. Accept the McAfee user license agreement and hit the Next button. When asked, run a scan for the leftover McAfee files and remove them. Exit the tool window and reboot your computer.
In case of a wrong doing, contact a McAfee product support or McAfee technical support service.