Operating System: Windows 10
Antivirus version: McAfee LiveSafe
McAfee is an antivirus software notorious for a difficult uninstall, but the 2016 products have brought about a change.
I decided to test it out and see if I can compile an easy tutorial about uninstalling McAfee.
Today, you can easily remove McAfee using the Windows add/remove programs menu.
Before we dive in, I have an important tip:
Don't leave your computer unsecured; choose and download another antivirus software from our list of reviews and install it immediately after you uninstall McAfee antivirus.
I recommend installing Bitdefender.
You can remove McAfee's software from your PC in a few simple steps:
In my case, it's the LiveSafe product. Note that McAfee WebAdvisor is also an installed app, but it's going to be removed when I remove McAfee LiveSafe.
Now, select your McAfee product and click "Uninstall":
This is the usual prompt Windows pops up when you run a non-native app, so you need to click "Yes":
On the screen you need to select all the products that you'd like to remove from your PC.
In this tutorial, I'm showing how to remove McAfee entirely so I selected all the options.
When you made your choices, click "Uninstall":
The next screen is an attempt to retain you and a reminder that you can reinstall it again because you have an active McAfee subscription.
Click "Uninstall" to begin the process of removing McAfee from your PC.
At this point you can lay back and relax as McAfee is uninstalling. This process took me approximately 5 minutes.
Throughout the removal process you might see this type of warnings, but it's cool because you have an antivirus software ready to install right after you uninstall McAfee.
Good, so just click "Close" if you see this message:
When the process of removing McAfee is completed, you'll get a prompt to leave feedback as to why you removed it.
I usually don't bother with those, and just skip ahead.
So click "No thanks" and on you go:
The last and most important stage - reboot your PC.
Don't postpone it, click "Restart now":
Once your machine booted up, you won't find any memory of McAfee in your task manager, installed apps or browser.
Here's my Windows 10 Apps & features menu after restarting the computer:
So as you can see, uninstalling McAfee completely from your computer is a 10-minute process lasting only a few clicks and a reboot.
The hype about McAfee being difficult to remove doesn't have much merit when it comes to its new product line.
And now to my everlasting reminder to stay safe:
If you still haven't, choose an antivirus software from our list and install it without delay.
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