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Easiest way to completely remove McAFee

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by dotbowels, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. dotbowels

    dotbowels Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2006
    Last time I tried to remove McAFee Virus Software it was a disaster. used the add remove & then put Norton on and remnants of McAFee were hiding and disrupting. Is there a good way to do it right & thorough? Thanks Dorothy
  2. stantley


    May 22, 2005
    You should uninstall Virus-Scan, Personal Firewall, Privacy Service (If you have it), Spamkiller (If you have it) and lastly uninstall Security Center. This is from McAfee tech support:

    Automatic Uninstall of VirusScan

    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Click on Control Panel. The Control Panel will then appear.
    3. Double click on the Add/Remove Programs icon. The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box will then appear.
    4. Locate McAfee VirusScan on the list of installed programs and single click on it so it is highlighted.
    5. Click the Add/Remove button.
    Note: If at any time you are prompted to remove shared files, answer Yes To All.
    6. Windows will then attempt to remove McAfee VirusScan from your computer. If McAfee VirusScan is successfully uninstalled you do not need to complete the remaining steps in this document. If you receive error messages or find that McAfee VirusScan was not completely removed then follow the steps below to manually remove the program.

    If VirusScan is the only McAfee service installed on your computer, uninstall SecurityCenter. If an automatic uninstall of VirusScan was unsuccessful, please follow the instructions below to completely uninstall VirusScan.

    Manual Uninstall of VirusScan

    Please follow the instructions below to run the VirusScan removal tool. This will completely remove VirusScan from your computer.

    1. Download and save the Virus Scan removal tool VSCleanupTool.exe to your desktop.
    2. Locate VSCleanupTool.exe on your desktop and double-click to launch.
    3. The removal tool will schedule and display a time when the removal process will begin.
    Note: The displayed time should be within one mintute of the current system time shown in the bottom right side of the screen.
    4. Removal will begin at the displayed time.
    5. During this process, several icons will be created on your desktop. All of these new icons, except one, will be removed when the uninstall is complete and the computer has been restarted. The file mccleanup.log will remain on the desktop. Once you have verified the removal was successful, you can delete this file.
    6. When finished, the following message will be displayed: The machine must reboot to complete the uninstallation. Reboot now?
    7. Press "Y" on your keyboard to restart your computer and complete the removal process.

    If VirusScan is the only McAfee service installed on your computer, uninstall SecurityCenter.
  3. dotbowels

    dotbowels Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2006
    Thanks for assistance didn't completey work (did both methods) but got online chat assistance, had to go in safe mode, then play with registry -succeeded so far Thanks again
  4. golferbob


    May 18, 2004
  5. iLLegaL89


    Jan 27, 2005
    heh i used mcafee shredder to shread all its folders which previously it wouldnt let me :p
    ironic yes :D

    then i deleted the shredder :p

    got rid of the pop ups i use to get but i no its still in my system >_<
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