How to completely uninstall McAfee Internet Security from Windows 10

Windows 10 has been one of the most popular operating system from Microsoft and it sure does offer us many new features and an entirely ramped up experience. Windows 10 however comes with a handful of pre-loaded applications while most of them are useful some are just crapware. Most OEMs load the new Windows machines with a lot of trialware. One of them is McAfee Internet Security. While some may want to use it, there are others who want to completely uninstall & remove McAfee Internet Security from their Windows PC.

Uninstall McAfee Internet Security or Antivirus

McAfee is owned by Intel and therefore on almost all OEM machines using Intel chip, you will see McAfee security software installed.

Although McAfee may be great in malware removal, it sure can turn out to be a nuisance once the trial period is exceeded, like other trialware. If you want to continue using McAfee than it won’t be a problem – you need to pay for the license. But if you don’t, then that can be a bit of an issue. Pop-ups regarding renewing the subscriptions keep popping up and the worst it will also not let you enable the inbuilt Windows Defender security, thus leaving the whole system vulnerable.

While one can uninstall McAfee Internet Security or McAfee Antivirus software via the Control Panel > Programs & Features applet, the process is many a times unsuccessful. Even if it does succeed, it leaves a lot of junk registry and files behind.

The best way, we found out, is to use the MCPR or McAfee Consume Products Removal Tool.  In order to completely uninstall the McAfee from your Windows 10/8/7 computer, here is what you can do.



McAfee Consume Products Removal Tool

Download McAfee Consume Products Removal Tool or MCPR from the McAfee site and run it. Once you agree to the T&Cs, the program will start. Strangely enough there is no trigger to uninstall the McAfee program as MCPR automatically detects the McAfee software installed on your computer and uninstalls it for you.

Uninstall McAfee Internet Security

Uninstalling McAfee software & products

So the entire uninstallation process will take a couple of minutes and post which, the program will display a restart prompt. The restart is to ensure that the product is completely removed from the system and even the residual registry files are cleared out. That being said we would warn you to save the impending work in other applications before rebooting the system.

If you are looking to uninstall some other security software, then it is better to use one one of these AntiVirus Removal Tools for completely removing these anti-virus software from your computer.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.