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Removing McAfee Security Center and all its components?

by br1anstorm / April 21, 2009 9:23 AM PDT

I have a new Dell Inspiron 1520 with McAfee Security Center preinstalled as a 30 day trial. Because of past bad experience with McAfee, I want to remove it and install a range of other preferred security software. So I want to make sure I get rid of McAfee completely.

I'm still within the 30 days and I have NOT yet 'registered' this preinstalled McAfee product. The popup appears to suggest that if I embark on the registration process and opt to decline the EULA, the product will uninstall (or perhaps just be deactivated?). I note that McAfee Security Center is listed under "Add/Remove Programs". So I plan (1) to decline the EULA, and then (2) to remove the program if it is still listed under "Add/Remove".

But I don't trust this to get rid of all the traces of McAfee. So, what else, or what more, can I do to make sure that McAfee has gone completely before I start adding other security software? I had thought of downloading and running McAfee's own removal tool MCPR.exe. But I note that on the relevant page of the McAfee site it indicates that this is designed to remove RETAIL products, and it warns that any OEM McAfee products should be registered before running the removal tool (why?). I really don't want to register, in case that begins to lock me into the McAfee spider's web!

Incidentally I've checked what Security Center contains, and it lists the following (though they don't show separately in "Add/Remove Programs"):

Security Center v 8.1
VirusScan v 12.1
Personal Firewall v 9.1
Anti-Spam v 9.1
Privacy Service v 10.1

Advice please, on how to ensure a clean, tidy, and full removal of the McAfee products.

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Are they all listed in Add/Remove

Are all of the McAffee programs shown in Add/Revmove? You could try uninstalling with Revo uninstaller. That should get rid of all of it, or you could just reformat your hard drive so you can get rid of any extra stuff dell put on the computer(but that's a pain).

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Removal tool
by Phil Crase / April 21, 2009 10:03 PM PDT

Download the Mcafee removal tool and run it, should do the trick.

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Here's That Removal Tool From McAfee ..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 22, 2009 4:13 AM PDT

As mentioned above, start by removing each one of the McAfee items from the "Add/Remove Programs" section, then download and run the McAfee removal tool from the link below. It should remove any of the McAfee remnants left behind.:

Note: Clicking on the link below will immediately start the download dialogue box.

If you're using Vista, after downloading the file to your desktop, RIGHT click on the file, choose "Run as administrator", then run the tool.

Hope this helps.


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Removing McAfee completely
by br1anstorm / April 23, 2009 9:54 AM PDT

Grif - and others

Thanks for this advice, which I'm aiming to follow. But no, I'm not about to reformat the whole drive.

Just one thing bothers me. In Add/Remove Programs, only McAfee Security Center is actually listed. The others (AntiVirus, Firewall etc) do not appear, although all show as programs within the Security Center display/listing. If I remove Security Center, will they all go - or do I have to hunt down and get rid of the others by using the McAfee MCPR?

Maybe I'll just have to try it and see...

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If Only One Shows Up, Remove Just The One...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 24, 2009 6:04 AM PDT

Then use the removal tool afterwards.

Hope this helps.


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Removing McAfee Security Center - job done
by br1anstorm / April 26, 2009 7:57 AM PDT

Just to complete the story - when I declined the EULA, the McAfee window asked if I wanted to uninstall, and showed the full list of programs within the Security Center suite. I ticked them all, hit uninstall, and they all disappeared. Nice and clean. Even the folder in Program Files was removed. So I didn't in the end need to use MCPR.

Thanks all the same to those who commented: your advice helped me to go ahead with confidence.

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Just For Grins...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 27, 2009 1:28 AM PDT

If you think all McAfee was removed, try doing a registry search for the words "McAfee", "Network Associates", and "mcshield".. See what you find..

Hope this helps.


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remove mcafee too
by davidlau1981 / October 26, 2009 3:27 PM PDT

wanna ask u... u still use the MCPR in order to complete remove the mcafee??
mind to tell me what anti virus u installed on ur computer?

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(NT) Yes, You Still Use The MCPR.exe Tool To Remove Retail McAfee
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 27, 2009 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: remove mcafee too
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