The easiest method to uninstall McAfee AntiVirus Plus from Windows is to follow the guide in this article. Removing antivirus by McAfee should be done only if you are having problems or if you plan to use another virus protection for Windows.
Uninstall McAfee AntiVirus Plus
The McAfee antivirus program can be removed from Windows with the help of the McAfee product removal tool. The removal tools were developed by the antivirus vendor to assist end-users in completely removing their product. Before running the uninstaller for McAfee software, ensure that you have firmly decided on removing the program.
Use McAfee PreInstall Tool
The above guide should uninstall McAfee Antivirus Plus in Windows but to remove temporary files, temporary Internet files and McAfee cookies, you need to run the McAfee PreInstall Tool or a CCleaner program.
The CCleaner program is freeware privacy cleaning software that will clean the PC for unnecessary files. However, CCleaner will not scan Internet Explorer settings to check if required dll files are registered. Note that the dll files are legitimate and available in Windows but if they are not registered correctly, the McAfee PreInstall Tool will automate the registration so IE will run properly. This should help to prepare your computer in case you decide to reinstall McAfee Antivirus Plus or other antivirus programs.
To use McAfee PreInstall Tool, follow the following steps:
Download the tool from McAfee website. Save Mcpreinstall.exe on the desktop.
Run Mcpreinstall.exe by double-clicking it. Click the Start button in the PreInstall tool.
Click OK to proceed with the cleanup and scanning of required dll files for Internet Explorer.
When the PreInstall tool has finished with its task, you should see a confirmation dialog box that the operations completed successfully. Note that you can always view the log file of the PreInstall tool by clicking on View Log in the PreInstall tool menu bar. The log file is located where you run the tool e.g., from the desktop.
- Proceed to reinstall McAfee Antivirus Plus or another antivirus program of your choice.
Screenshots taken by the author courtesy of McAfee.