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McAfee - Remove Products from a PC Running Windows

This article describes how to remove (uninstall) a McAfee Consumer product from a PC running Windows using the standard Windows removal steps and the McAfee MCPR tool.

  • To remove from a Mac, see TS101226.
  • To remove from a PC running Linux, see TS101168.
  • To remove from iOS or Android, see TS101407.
IMPORTANT: If your McAfee product came pre-installed on your PC:
  • Activate your McAfee subscription before you attempt to remove your product.
    This is so that you keep your right to use the product (license) without having to buy a new subscription.
  • To activate the McAfee software that came pre-installed, see TS102477.
Step 1: Remove using Windows
The standard Windows removal method is the best way to uninstall your McAfee product(s).

Click the link for your version of Windows. You will go to
Follow Microsoft's removal steps:
If removal succeeds, your McAfee products are now removed from your PC.

IMPORTANT: Your PC will no longer be protected from viruses and malware. Ensure that you reinstall your security software as soon as possible to restore protection.

If removal fails using the standard Windows removal method, go to Step 2.
Step 2: Download and run the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR)
You should only use the MCPR tool if the Windows removal methods shown above do not work.
  • Always download a new copy of MCPR before each use.  
    This ensures that you have the latest version, and that newer McAfee products can be successfully recognized.
  • MCPR will clean up only the components needed for reinstallation. It is not designed to clean up 100% of components.
  • Completing this step will require a restart.
Before you start:
  • Bookmark or favorite this article so that you can easily get back to it.
  • Save all open files.
  • Close all programs.
  1. Download the MCPR tool.
  2. Double-click MCPR.exe.
  3. If you see a security warning:

    Click YesContinue, or Run (depending on your version of Windows):

    Open and Run Software Removal tool

  4. At the McAfee Software Removal screen:
    1. Click Next
    2. Click Agree to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
  5. At the Security Validation screen:
    1. Type the characters exactly as shown on your screen (validation is case-sensitive).
    2. Click Next. This step prevents the accidental use of MCPR.

      Sample Security Validation window
  6. When the process is complete, you will see one of the following messages. Click the one that you see.
If you see this message, the MCPR tool has completed successfully.
  1. Restart your PC to complete the removal process.
     Removal Complete Window

    IMPORTANT: When your PC restarts, it will not be protected from viruses and malware. Ensure that you reinstall your security software as soon as possible to remain protected (see below).

If you see this message, the cleanup did not go as planned:
  1. Restart your PC and run MCPR again.
  2. If you see Cleanup Unsuccessful again, ignore it.
  3. Restart your PC again.
  4. Attempt to reinstall your McAfee software.
If you are still unable to install:
  1. Click here to contact Technical Support.
  2. Let the agent know:
    • MCPR produced a Cleanup Unsuccessful message.
    • You are unable to reinstall your McAfee software.

Virtual Assistant
Table iconFor guidance while running MCPR, use the Virtual Assistant .
NOTE: The Virtual Assistant will open in a new tab or window. Follow the prompts and close the window when you have completed the steps.
Related Infomation
Reinstall your product(s)

CAUTION: Your PC is unprotected until you reinstall your security software.
Download your new version from the same place you purchased it. For more details on re-installing a McAfee product, see TS100342.
Purchased fromStart from here
McAfee to log in and download your software
AOL and scroll down to Safety & Security

How to manually release your product license
The above removal steps should release your product license so that you can reinstall your software. If your license was not released, you will see a No more licenses available message when you try to reinstall. To fix this:
  1. Go to
  2. Click My Account.
  3. Sign In using your McAfee user account email and password.
  4. On the My Account page:
    1. Select the tab for the PC that you want to deactivate.
    2. Click Deactivate in the details section of the selected PC.
    3. On the Confirm deactivation, click Deactivate.

Keywords:How to remove McAfee products from a PC running Windows   Doc ID:80401
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-02-23 10:05 MDTUpdated:2018-06-06 12:42 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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