(Last updated on January 14th, 2021)

Wondering how to uninstall, disable, or turn off McAfee? You have come to the right place!

McAfee is one of the most popular and reliable antivirus programs out there. It not only comes with a lot of advanced features, but it also offers excellent malware protection and pricing options.

However, if you are using McAfee or your device came pre-installed with one of McAfee’s antivirus suites, but now you want to switch to some other antivirus program for any reason, it’s always safe to first uninstall the existing software before going ahead.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of uninstalling McAfee from your Windows and Mac devices.

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Uninstalling McAfee from Windows

Below are the steps to uninstall McAfee from different Windows operating systems (Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7).

Uninstall McAfee in Windows 10

  • From the Start menu, click the gear-shaped Settings icon located on the lower left side of the menu. (You can also access Settings by typing its name in the Windows search bar.)
open settings
  • In the Settings section, click Apps to see the list of all the apps installed on your device.
open apps from windows settings
  • From there, locate the McAfee product installed on your PC, or find it using the search box under the ‘Apps & features’ and press Enter.
find Mcafee in apps and features
  • Select the McAfee product you want to remove and click the Uninstall button shown below it.
select uninstall mcafee
  • If prompted for confirmation, click Uninstall
click uninstall to continue
  • Windows will prompt a request for verification. Click This will take you to the McAfee uninstall wizard.
confirm prompt
  • Once the uninstall wizard is open, check the following boxes:

McAfee® Total Protection box

Remove all files for this program

checking boxes-uninstall wizard
  • Then click the Uninstall Click Uninstall again if prompted.
click continue to confirm uninstall mcafee
  • Restart your device to complete the uninstallation process.
select restart now to finish uninstalling mcafee

Uninstall McAfee in Windows 8

  • Press Windows Key or click Start in the Charms bar to access the programs installed on your computer.
window 8 start program
  • Right-click the McAfee software you want to remove and click Uninstall. The Programs and Features window will open.
click mcafee in programs to uninstall
  • When the new window pops up, once again select the McAfee product you don’t want in your PC.
  • Click the Uninstall/Change button.
select mcafee file then to click on change and uninstall
  • Click Uninstall again for confirmation.
 select yes to continue uninstall mcafee
  • Click Yes if Windows asks for your permission before making changes to your computer.
removal of mcafee programs
  • Wait for the uninstallation to complete and then close the Programs and Features window.
  • Restart your computer to apply the new changes to your device.
restart windows 8 to apply changes

Uninstall McAfee in Windows 7

  • Go to the Start menu and open Control Panel.
start windows 7-click control panel
  • Find Add or Remove Programs and double-click it to open.
open programs
  • Click on the McAfee product you want to remove.
find mcafee in programs to uninstall
  • Look for Add/Remove or Change/Remove button and click on it.
  • Next, click Remove.
  • If prompted by Windows for your permission, click Yes.
click yes to continue mcafee programs removal
  • Let the uninstallation wizard do its work and follow on-screen instructions. Close the window when the process is complete.
  • Finally, Restart your PC to apply new changes.
restart windows 7

Uninstall Using McAfee Removal Tool

The above-mentioned steps of removing McAfee are quite simple. However, sometimes this uninstallation process doesn’t do the job for you and some elements of the software remain inside your PC. Uninstallation can also become a little tricky if McAfee came pre-installed with your PC.

In this case, you can use the McAfee Removal Tool to completely remove the antivirus from PC. Below are the steps that can help you in completing the task:

  • Download the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool from McAfee’s official website.
mcafee consumer product removal
  • Next, double-click the downloaded file (MCPR.exe) and click Run/Continue to open the tool.
mcpr.exe run
  • Click Next on the window that pops up.
  • Accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
agree mcafee end user liscense
  • Then, carefully type the security CAPTCHA code as requested and click Next.
security vallidation code by mcafee
  • Wait until the process is complete, which might take a few minutes.
  • Restart your PC so that new changes take effect.
restart pc-apply changes

Uninstalling McAfee from Mac Devices

The following are the couple of methods that will help you to remove McAfee from your Mac devices.

Uninstall McAfee Using Application Method

  • Search for the Applications folder in the dock and open it.
go to apps on mac
  • Open the McAfee Internet Security Uninstaller app.
open McAfee Internet Security Uninstaller app.
  • Select the Uninstall SiteAdvisor option and click Continue.
Uninstall SiteAdvisor option and click Continue.
  • Enter your Administrator ID and password and click OK.
enter password
  • When you’re done with these steps, Restart your device to apply new settings.
restart mac

Uninstall McAfee Using Command Method

  • Open Spotlight by clicking on the magnifying glass icon located at the top-right corner of the screen. A search bar will open.
  • Access the Terminal app by typing its name in the search bar.
access terminal app
  • Type or copy-paste the following Uninstall Command in the Terminal window:


type command
  • Press Return.
  • If prompted a request by the system, enter your Administrator password and press Return.
type password if needed to uninstall mcafee
  • Confirm that you do want to uninstall the McAfee product when received a prompt for approval.
click continue to confirm mcafee uninstallation
  • Wait for the uninstallation process to finish and then Restart your computer to complete McAfee’s removal from your Mac.
restart mac

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McAfee Uninstalled!

You can use the above methods to uninstall any McAfee home antivirus program from your computer. However, after uninstalling McAfee (or any other antivirus program for that matter), it is highly recommended that you install another antivirus program as soon as possible to protect your computer from all sorts of digital threats.

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