Guide to Uninstall McAfee Softwares from Windows 7/Vista/XP Computer

By Sidharth | How-to

There are various reasons why removing or uninstalling a McAfee product from your computer makes sense:

  • You find McAfee’s software unfit and inefficient for your computer.
  • You have downloaded an illegal copy of McAfee.
  • Your PC or laptop already has similar and better programs.
  • Your current McAfee version is corrupted after updating Windows.
  • You want to reinstall McAfee again.
  • You consider McAfee as a bloatware.
The list can run endlessly, but if you cannot stand the sight of McAfee programs on your computer — running either Windows 7, Vista, or XP OS — then consider uninstalling the program completely.

Ways to Uninstall McAfee Products on Windows 7/Vista/XP

Here are the top three ways to uninstall McAfee products from any computer:

  • First, the McAfee’s way — you will download a “McAfee uninstaller” file and wipe out all the existing McAfee products, along with its version number and genuine license key, from your computer forever.
  • Second, the Windows way — you will navigate to the Windows Control Panel, find and uninstall the McAfee problem. This is a traditional approach.
    Click here for the instructions
    Deleting McAfee from Control Panel on Windows XP:1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Point to Settings (Windows XP users skip this step).
    3. Click on Control Panel.
    4. Double click Add or Remove Programs.
    5. Locate McAfee program (example: SecurityCenter) from the list.
    6. Single click on the McAfee program (example: SecurityCenter).
    7. Click the Add/Remove or Change/Remove button.
    8. Follow the dialog box to remove the software (example: SecurityCenter).
    9. Restart your computer or laptop.Deleting McAfee from Control Panel on Windows Vista/7:1. Select the Control Panel item.
    2. Navigate to Programs.
    3. Choose Programs and components.
    4. Select McAfee product (example: anti-virus) from the list.
    5. Double-click on the selected program.
    6. In the Programs and components window, click the Yes button.
  • Third, your way — you will manually delete McAfee folders from the Program Files, launch Registry and tweak or mess up files to get rid of McAfee completely.

The best solution?

Needless to say, if you are not familiar with your Windows computer’s registry, do not even think about the third option. The second option will uninstall McAfee applications, yes, but sometimes junk files are left behind. In other words, redundant files and folders may remain on your computer if you chose to delete using the second method.

The first option is probably the most convenient. Here, you will download McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool, execute the downloaded tool on your PC, and finally breath a sigh of relief. Every McAfee products can be uninstalled using this utility.

See the list of McAfee Products
  • McAfee Total Protection
  • Internet Security Suite
  • PC Protection Plus
  • VirusScan Plus
  • McAfee AntiSpyware
  • Data Backup
  • Personal Firewall
  • Privacy Service
  • QuickClean
  • McAfee SecurityCenter
  • SiteAdvisor
  • McAfee Anti-Spam
  • SpamKiller
  • VirusScan
  • Wireless Protection

How to Uninstall McAfee using McAfee Removal Tool

Step 1

Download the executable file of McAfee Consumer Product Removal.

Step 2

Launch the .exe file. You will get a “McAfee Software Removal” window.

Part 1: Uninstall McAfee Program

Step 3

Accept the End User License Agreement and enter the security code.

Part 2: Uninstall McAfee Program

Part 3: Uninstall McAfee Program

Step 4

The tool will remove all the McAfee products installed on your computer. This may take a while.

Part 4: Uninstall McAfee Program

Part 5: Uninstall McAfee Program

Step 5

After the process is finished, reboot your computer.

Part 6: Uninstall McAfee Program

That’s it! You have successfully uninstalled every files and folders of McAfee from your computer.

Screenshots via my friend Vishal.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!