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    McAfee removal

    Neighbor has an old Dell PC Windows XP that came with the MCaffee installed. Want to remove it and needing some help.

    Told that add-remove program might do the job but then read something about an MCPR program that might get the job done. Any clues please.

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    I would follow the 2nd course of action if the product was ever activated even if only for the trial period. If it never got it's fingers into the proverbial pie, Add/Remove should be sufficient. http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/mcafee_consumer_product_removal_tool.html

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    Once you get McAfee off, make sure you put something good in its place, such as Avast (free) or Trend Micro (paid). There are others, but those are my preference.

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    I would follow the 2nd course of action if the product was ever activated even if only for the trial period. If it never got it's fingers into the proverbial pie,
    Yes they never had a clue and activated it and I actually went to Major Geeks before and downloaded the MCPR.exe but decided to jump on here cause this place is amazing with help solutions.

    Once you get McAfee off, make sure you put something good in its place, such as Avast (free) or Trend Micro (paid). There are others, but those are my preference.
    Avast is also my weapon of choice.

    Thanks for quick replies.

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    In its latest AV-Comparitives Summary Awards, Avast was one of the top rated products, alongside Avira, Bitdefender, BullGuard, Eset, F-Secure and Fortinet which all scored multiple awards. My own preference - AVG - didn't get a single award. It looks like its performance was mediocre across the board so I'm now testing Avast as a probable alternative.

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    More info on the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool, including direct download link.

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    When using Avast ensure that at least Windows Firewall is active as it doesn't have its own or you could Google for a choice that will run alongside of Avast such as Comodo

    I think there is a compatibility problem between ZoneAlarm firewall and the latest Avast release, unless they have resolved that.

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    you may need a special mcafee program to do it
    check their site and also
    google for removing 'program name' and see what turns up

    i know i cant remove my norton because it protects itself
    but they have a special uninstaller when i do want to get rid of it

    Quote Originally Posted by Not Brightest Bulb View Post
    Neighbor has an old Dell PC Windows XP that came with the MCaffee installed. Want to remove it and needing some help.

    Told that add-remove program might do the job but then read something about an MCPR program that might get the job done. Any clues please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedball View Post
    you may need a special mcafee program to do it
    No searching needed, already linked in #2 and #6 here.

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