How to Uninstall McAfee Total Protection in 3 Simple Steps



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How to Uninstall McAfee Total Protection

Two Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to remove the McAfee Total Protection app from your Windows or Mac computer.

Steps

On Windows

  1. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Open Settings .Click the gear-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.
  3. Click .It's in the Settings window. Doing so opens a list of your currently installed apps.
    • If you don't see a list of your currently installed apps, make sure that you're on the right tab by clickingApps & featuresin the upper-left side of the window.
  4. Scroll down to the McAfee option.You'll find the "McAfee® Total Protection" heading in the "M" section of the menu.
  5. ClickMcAfee® Total Protection.Doing so expands the heading.
  6. ClickUninstall.It's below the "McAfee® Total Protection" heading.
  7. ClickUninstallwhen prompted.You'll see this option above the firstUninstalloption.
  8. Click when prompted.This will take you to the McAfee uninstall wizard.
  9. Complete the uninstallation form.Once McAfee's uninstall wizard opens, complete it by doing the following:
    • Check the "McAfee® Total Protection" box.
    • Check the "Remove all files for this program" box.
    • Click the blueUninstallbutton.
    • ClickUninstallagain when prompted.
  10. ClickRestart now.Once McAfee finishes uninstalling, you'll be prompted to restart your computer. This will complete the uninstallation process and remove McAfee from your computer.
    • You can clickRestart laterto restart your computer manually at a different time, but keep in mind that the uninstallation process won't be complete until you restart the computer.
  11. Re-enable Windows Defender if necessary.If you haven't restarted your computer, Windows Defender (the default Windows antivirus protection) may still be turned off. While it will eventually turn itself back on, you can speed up the process by doing the following:
    • OpenStart
    • Type inwindows defender
    • ClickWindows Defender Security Center
    • ClickTurn onif possible. If you instead see green checkmarks (not red Xs) next to the different security icons on the dashboard, Windows Defender is enabled.

On Mac

  1. Open Spotlight .Click the magnifying glass-shaped icon in the top-right corner of the screen to do so. A search bar will open in the middle of the screen.
  2. Search for Terminal.Typeterminalinto the search bar in the middle of the screen.
  3. Open Terminal.Once it appears, double-click theTerminalresult. This will open the Terminal window.
  4. Enter the uninstall command.Type insudo /Library/McAfee/cma/scripts/uninstall.shand pressReturn.
  5. Enter your administrator password if prompted.If you see a "Password" line appear, type in the password that you use to log into your Mac's administrator account, then pressReturn.
  6. Follow any on-screen prompts.While the uninstall command should prompt McAfee to begin uninstalling automatically, you may have to confirm the uninstallation by navigating through a pop-up window.
  7. Restart your computer.Once McAfee indicates that is has been uninstalled successfully, you'll want to restart your computer to complete the process:
    • Click theApple menu
    • ClickShut Down...
    • ClickShut Downwhen prompted.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    McAfee doesn't show up on my uninstall program page, but I can see that I have it installed because the icon is on my task bar. What do I do now if I want to uninstall it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you go to the directory where the program is installed, there should be something labeled, "uninstall.exe," or likewise. Running that should do the trick.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I get McAfee off my Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go into your apps, hold on the app and drag it to the trash can. It will un-install and be gone. You can also go to your folders and manualy delete it from there.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What do I do if there is no "Exit" button when I right click the McAfee icon?
    Community Answer
    When you run the uninstaller, it should automatically close McAfee, so you can just run the uninstaller.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    When I try to delete it from my computer (Windows 10) from the control panel, it says "Error," even though I am not opening any windows. What do I do?
    Community Answer
    Try to run the uninstaller from the settings app, the directions in thce article above will tell you how.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I uninstalled McAfee on Windows 10, but it keeps coming up when I try to go to my Gmail and I cannot get beyond it. What do I do?
    Community Answer
    Check your browser extensions, McAfee WebAdvisor might still be installed.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • The antivirus software was installed automatically with Adobe Reader DC and in the settings the uninstall button is not working. What can I do?
  • How do I uninstall McAfee mobile security off my device?
  • It shows up as a white, unclickable window, what do I do then?
  • When I double click to remove my McAfee security plus, nothing happens. What should I do?
  • On my Mac Book, I went into Finder, applications, and McAfee (which I am trying to uninstall) is not there, yet the icon is still there in the upper right hand corner of my screen and it keeps complaining! What should I do?
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  • Upon completing your uninstallation, McAfee will almost immediately be replaced by Windows Defender on Windows computers.

Warnings

  • Macs don't have built-in antivirus protection. If you remove McAfee from a Mac, be sure to install a different antivirus program as soon as possible.

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