How Do You Uninstall McAfee?


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To uninstall McAfee, deactivate your McAfee account, and run the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool. You need your McAfee account information and a Windows-based, Internet-ready computer to begin.

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  1. Deactivate your McAfee account

    Open a Web browser, and navigate to the McAfee website. Click My Account in the upper-right corner. Type your McAfee account email address and password in the appropriate text fields, and then click Log In. Select the computer you want to deactivate, and click Deactivate.

  2. Uninstall McAfee from Programs and Features

    In Windows 7, click the Start button, and type "Programs and Features" in the search field. Click Go, and click Programs and Features from the list. In Windows 8, type "Programs and Features" on the Start screen. If you do not see it, click Settings in the list on the right, and select Programs and Features. Next, select McAfee SecurityCenter, and click Uninstall.

  3. Run the cleanup tool

    Navigate to the downloads page on the McAfee website. Download and run the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool. Wait for the removal tool to finish locating and completely removing all traces of McAfee on your system. Once the removal is complete, close the tool if necessary, and restart your computer.

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