FYI from the link provided by buddy215
IMPORTANT: If your McAfee product came pre-installed on your PC:
- Activate your McAfee subscription before you attempt to remove your product.
This is so that you keep your right to use the product (license) without having to buy a new subscription.
BTW...Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers
that load at boot-up and create numerous files, folders, and registry entries in various locations making it more difficult to remove. It is not uncommon for some anti-virus programs to not completely uninstall itself using the usual method of Apps & features in Windows 10
or Programs and Features
) in Control Panel or to result in various errors due to the presence of related services and processes running in the background.
That is the reason most anti-virus vendors provide clean-up utilities
or removal tools
on their web sites to remove remnants left behind after uninstalling, or for a failed uninstall or failed reinstall. Remnants include related registry entries, files and folders created in various areas of the OS. It's always best to download directly from the vendor's site to ensure you are using the most current version of the uninstall utility as it is not