Uninstall McAfee and the McAfee Removal Tool


Part 1: Downloading McAfee Removal Tool and WSUS Offline Update on Another Computer

Theres a few recommended downloads which should ideally be ran from a patched computer…

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

As you are likely following this guide after a restore from Dell Windows 7 or 8.1 Factory Settings, its a good idea to download the McAfee Removal Tool and WSUS Offline Updates (do not apply the WSUS Offline Updates until McAfee is removed) on another computer.

Windows 8.0

Special notes for Windows 8.0 Factory settings, these factory settings should be considered as a write off. Clean installation of Windows 8.1 is recommended due to the awkward deployment of Windows 8.1 via the Microsoft Store resulting in dreadful system performance. It’ll actually be faster to clean install Windows 8.1 than download and apply all the updates via Windows Update and the Store.

Part 2: Uninstalling McAfee

To stay Offline via this procedure press [Fn] and [F2] to turn your wireless off (just [F2] in some systems depending how you’ve configured your function keys, other systems have a wireless switch on the side of the computer). Alternatively disconnect the ethernet cable.

Close down all programs and go to the Desktop (if you are on the Start Screen press [Windows] and [d]) and start Windows Explorer.

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Select Computer

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Select Computer at the top and then Uninstall or change a program.

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A list of your unistalled programs will now display.

Look for any McAfee programs and also look for any toolbars and unwanted programs these are unfortunately pre-bundled in third party software and users install them unknowingly. They often ruin the performance of Internet Explorer and Windows in general.

Select the McAfee program and then click uninstall or change

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Select yes at the User Account Control Prompt

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The uninstaller should now begin select remove

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At this point it is good to restart the computer.

Part 3: Runnning the McAfee Removal Tool

Run the McAfee Removal Tool

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Select yes at the User Account Control

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The removal tool will now start

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Select next

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Enter the characters displayed on your screen and select next. These will be different at all times to prevent any unauthorised use of the removal tool from malicious software.

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McAfee will be removed and you will be prompted to restart

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Select yes and that is it McAfee is removed.

Part 4: Applying the WSUS Offline Update and Using it to Patch Windows Fully

For Windows 7/8.1 you can use the WSUS Offline Update to patch it fully including the optional but recommended Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7) or Windows Defender (Windows 8.1).

press [Fn] and [F2] to turn your wireless on (just [F2] in some systems depending how you’ve configured your function keys, other systems have a wireless switch on the side of the computer). Alternatively reconnect the ethernet cable. Your system is now patched and ready to use.

You may also install Malwarebytes’ Antimalware:

3 thoughts on “Uninstall McAfee and the McAfee Removal Tool

  1. Thanks! I had to turn the internetaccess off when uninstalling with the McAfee Removal Tool (it would not finish). That solved my problem!
    Thanks a lot for this tutorial🙂

  2. 8-15-16 I just purchased a new Dell laptop today & took the time to read the user agreement. It states even if you uninstall Mcafee software your automatic free trial continues and will auto renew at a monthly fee. Unless you contact Mcafee to cancel.

    1. Its been a long time since I’ve used McAfee. McAfee can only charge you if you have provided them your card details… Dell do not pass these details onto McAfee.

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