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Removing McAfee Antivirus in Windows 81.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 03:31 PM



My friend's computer came with McAfee Antivirus preinstalled. On my computer, I found that McAfee seemed to slow down the computer quite a bit, and I got rid of it in favor of Microsoft Security Essentials. As I recall, someone on this forum told me that I needed to download and run a utility to completely remove McAfee, since Windows Uninstall alone would not do the whole job. Is there a similar utility for Windows 8 that I should use to help in deleting McAfee from my friend's computer and if so, where can I get a copy?





Edited by Queen-Evie, 20 October 2014 - 03:49 PM.
moved from Windows 8 to the more appropriate forum

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 03:59 PM

McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool




Download link is under XP removal instructions.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:20 PM

Also, from a post by quietman7...


Summary of steps to replace an existing anti-virus

  • Before removing your old anti-virus, download and save the setup file for the anti-virus you are going to replace it with.
  • Download any specialized removal tools available from the anti-virus vendor for your current anti-virus in case you need them.
  • Disconnect from the Internet.
  • Uninstall your current anti-virus following vendor's instructions - sometimes uninstalling in safe mode works better.
  • Run the anti-virus vendor's specialized cleanup utility if needed.
  • Reboot normally and install the replacement.
  • Reboot again if prompted to ensure the anti-virus is working properly before reconnecting to the Internet.
  • Connect to the Internet and immediately download the latest definition database updates.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 05:34 PM

McAfee recommends you uninstall using the Windows Control Panel before running the MCPR (McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool).

How to uninstall your products using MCPR.exe

Use the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR) to remove data completely for a McAfee Security product installation on a supported Windows operating system. The tool can clean up data from 2005 - 2013 versions of McAfee Security home user products for Windows.

IMPORTANT: You must uninstall your McAfee products using the Windows Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8, 7 and Vista) before you run MCPR.

How to uninstall or reinstall McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)

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