Whether your McAfeelicense has expired or you just feel that it’s time to let go of your McAfee antivirus and move on to other options, you have to learn about uninstalling the software properly on your computer.
Luckily, McAfee has created a removal tool that will help you remove all traces of the product on your device. This removal tool only needs 8MB of free space and is incredibly easy to use.
How to use the McAfee removal tool
If you want to get rid of McAfee on your computer, you simply need to download its removal tool, run it and choose “Install anyway” if a prompt appears.
Follow the instructions and enter security validation keys or Captcha if you’re required to. Once download is done, the tool will automatically start the removal process, which may take some time.
After the removal is complete, you will be notified through a message and you’re already good to go. This tool is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 for both the 32 and 64 bit.
What to do if the removal tool doesn’t work
Even if the developers at McAfee had the best intentions when they created this removal tool, there are times when it won’t work on a computer.
But you don’t have to worry because you can still remove all the traces of the antivirus using the standard removal procedure.
Removing McAfee products using the standard procedure could be time consuming, but it ensures that you get rid of every trace of the product on your computer without the help of a removal tool.
Remove the McAfee LiveSafe/Internet Security, which is the actual antivirus on your computer. Then, remove McAfee WebAdvisor, which is an extension that allows you to learn about the reputation of the websites that you’re visiting.
Go to the Start button and click on Control Panel or Apps if you’re using Windows 10. This action will lead you to a list of programs installed on your computer.
Choose the antivirus and its extension and click uninstall. Once the process is done, restart your computer for the changes to take full effect.
How to remove McAfee apps from mobile devices
Since the newer versions of the McAfee suite of products include apps for smartphones and tablets, you can remove them by following a few simple steps.
Start by selecting the icon of the app from the list. If you’re using an Android phone, you can simple drag the app to the trash bin to delete it. But if you don’t have that option, you can hold the app longer and choose uninstall if a prompt appears.
What to do after removal
Since your computer will no longer be protected from viruses and malware once McAfee is fully removed, you have to install your new antivirus right away to ensure that your computer will be safe. Removing McAfee and re-installing it is also a great option if you want your antivirus to always stay updated.