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Remove McAfee

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#1 menton1


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 03:15 PM

My new computer is coming with McAfee installed. I do not want it! I remember that when I got my last computer, removal was quite tricky. I had to run some special program and do a line-by-line removal process. The Windows add/remove program, and the McAfee Removal Tool will still leave remnants of McAfee scattered in the system. How can I completely delete all McAfee stuff? Thanks.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 03:47 PM

Hey menton1 check out:



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Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:37 PM

Hi -
The PC Decrapifier 2.2.5 > List > Info > Tool
A good basic cleaner for most new computers from Singular Labs Removal Tools -

Please ask if you find other Pre-installed software :)

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 05:55 PM

In most cases the best thing to do is to download and use the MCPR removal tool to get rid of McAfee once and for all.

After that simply go through your registry and make sure no listings of McAfee remain.

Most all AV programs now use specific removal tools and these are the most effective at removing any unwanted Anti-Virus programs including:

Bit Defender

There are several others but these are the ones I use the most. Always make sure to check your registry though after removal.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:07 AM

This is not an answer to your question, just a suggestion.

When I get a new computer, I first make a system backup. This way, I can "decrapify" and install it according to my own wishes, and I don't have to be afraid of making my machine unusable during that process.
These backups are very small, as there's no data and not much has been installed.

I even make a backup with a Live CD before I power the machine on for the first time.

So make a full disk backup before you start cleaning your machine.

Edited by Didier Stevens, 02 October 2012 - 08:08 AM.

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