Can you take the machine to a local repair shop? If Tech Support are unable to help I suspect that the machine is compromised in some way as the normal uninstallation of McAfee Consumer software is routine and should only take minutes and not cause problems. All the removal tool does is attempt to remove leftover traces of the software that the uninstaller may have left behind and it doesn't touch anything else.
Has any type of registry cleaner been used by any chance and/or have there been any peculiarities in behaviour evident at all that might indicate malware infection?
Also was the machine kept up to date - Windows and other software updates?
By the way Customer Service deal only with account matters, I'm assuming you meant Technical Support.
By the way, unless you were changing the type of package you have there's no need to uninstall one year to get the next, it would automatically upgrade anyway. Also 2011 hasn't been released yet anyway, the package labelled 2011 on store shelves are simply the 2010 product relabelled, a common industry practice.
The 2011 product is still in the public beta testing stages.
Thanks For your help. Its my mothers laptop. She called mcafee to renew her sub and they sent her a disc. When you check the MTP it says the sub is active. When I update it says I need to buy a new sub. Computer seems to run fine. Can I use AVG and just lease mcafee alone?
I would imagine so but only the sales people can tell you definitely. That's Customer Service and is a free phone call:
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Sorry I typed wrong. So I can leave mcafee on the computer expired and use a different security program?
I misunderstood, no you should uninstall it if it's expired as it may start causing problems.
The removal tool is here: http://service.mcafee.com/faqdocument.aspx?id=TS100507&lang=en_US&prior_tid=2&An swerID=16777217&turl==http%3A%2F%2Fkb.mcafee.com%2Finfocenter%2Findex%3Fpage%3Dc ontent%26id%3DTS100507%26actp%3Dsearch%26viewlocale%3Den_US
Right, but if I do that then the computer becomes unstable. So I should take it to a repair shop? I hate to pay over 100.00
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Something else is at fault and the act of removing McAfee obviously is the trigger. It could be malware, believe me when I say that there isn't a security suite in the world that will stop everything out there, and I equally know that removal of said software would never normally create this sort of mess.
It could just as easily have been Norton or Kaspersky security software, certain things would still creep in if due care wasn't taken, could be as simple as a single click on a bad link. One has to be so careful these days and always make sure too that the machine is kept totally up to date, also all the software contained therein. I'm not saying that it's your fault, it could be anything and I'm just speculating as to the cause.
You could try downloading, updating and running the free version of THIS software in "Safe Mode with Networking" (Safe Mode with the internet) reached by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up. That software is designed to run in either Safe or regular mode. If it can be done in regular mode, all the better as it's easier that way.
If all that fails then it's either a PC repair shop at 100 or McAfee Virus Removal Service for about the same and they would most likely use that same tool as part of the process anyway.
I wish I had better news.
Well thank you for your time. And I will try it in safe mode which does work fine. If all else fails I will send it in. Again, Thank you for your time. I will let you know how it turns out. thanks George.