McAfee Security Center for better or worse comes pre-installed or bundled on many new computers. While some users love McAfee products, others could live without it. The question naturally arises then, whether you got stuck with it when you bought your new computer or you installed it yourself and now just want to get rid of it, just how do you uninstall McAfee Security Center?
Your first stop to uninstall McAfee Security Center, as with just about any other program, should be the Windows Control Panel under Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features if you are using Windows 7 or Vista). Locate the application on the Add/Remove Programs list and choose the remove option. Follow the on-screen instructions and make sure you place a check mark next to every McAfee related program when prompted. If all goes well, McAfee Security Center should be uninstalled after you reboot your computer.
However, that’s not quite the end of the road. A couple more steps may be required to completely remove all traces of the program even after you uninstall McAfee Security Center from the Windows Control Panel. First, you need to remove any remaining program folders from your hard drive. Delete all folders named McAfee and McAfee.com, which will most likely be located in the Program Files folder and Documents and Settings/All Users/Application Data folder. Finally, remove all McAfee registry settings by using the Registry Editor. Search for and delete every instance of “McAfee” you find. Be very careful when editing the registry, as incorrect settings can cause major system errors.
Unfortunately, if the McAfee uninstall program becomes corrupted or non-functioning (errors occur) for some reason, you will have to manually uninstall McAfee Security Center completely, which can be a daunting task and is beyond the scope of this article.
A much easier option is to turn to a third-party uninstaller program. Perfect Uninstaller is one of the best programs available because it of its Force Uninstall mode to deal with corrupted programs that cannot be uninstalled using the normal channels. If you are unfamiliar with practices like editing the registry and unregistering DLLs, then a good uninstaller program like Perfect Uninstaller is your best bet to “manually” uninstall McAfee Security Center.
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