How to Uninstall McAfee Anti-Virus

By Fred Decker

The McAfee suite of anti-virus and anti-malware programs is one of the most widely used products of its type, but occasionally you'll have occasion to uninstall a copy. At work you might do this when you're replacing an old computer, so your McAfee license can be transferred to the newer PC. At home, you might simply want to try a different program. Whatever your motivation, you can use Microsoft's uninstall process or -- if that fails -- a separate McAfeee program.

Windows Uninstall

Type "Control Panel" (without the quotation marks) on the Start screen, and then select that program from the list of search results. Tap or click "Programs and Features," then select your McAfee program and tap or click "Uninstall." Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

Using MCPR

Sometimes McAfee won't uninstall cleanly if it's tightly integrated with Windows. When that happens, you'll need to use McAfee's Consumer Products Removal Tool (MCPR). Download the program file, then double-click or double-tap on it to launch the installer. Follow the on-screen prompts to accept the End User License Agreement, and to start the uninstall process. Restart your computer when you receive the "Cleanup Successful" message.