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john9210 Newcomer 5 posts since
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Jun 2, 2011 2:54 PM

I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

I’m using Windows 7, 64 bit. I can’t completely removeMcAfee from my computer. After running uninstall, the Security Center seems tostill be on the computer. I still get McAfee warnings about programs wanting togain access the internet.

 

I’ve worked with the chat room three times in an attempt toremove McAfee Virus program from my computer. All attempts failed. Each time thetechnicians have had me run MCPR.exe in the Windows mode. When I reboot, thecomputer crashes. I have to go to the Safe Mode and run system restore.

 

The last time, I ran MCPR in the safe mode, but it wouldn’trun. I got the error “the process cannot access the file because it is beingused by another process”. Naturally, it doesn’t say what file or what process.Even though the MCPR would not execute in the safe mode, when I tried to returnto windows, the computer crashed. I again had to go back to safe mode and usesystem restore.

  • Ex_Brit Volunteer Moderator 59,545 posts since
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    1. Jun 2, 2011 3:31 PM (in response to john9210)
    Re: I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

    System Restore will have also restored McAfee I would assume.   But it also could have restored malware so I suggest doing the following.

     

    As a precaution run a full scan using the FREE version of THIS software and update it first before running.

     

    If malware prevents you doing that in regular more, do all that in 'Safe Mode with Networking' reached by tapping F8 repeatedly while booting up and selecting #2 from the menu.

     

    It works in that mode.

     

    Back to the McAfee software......

     

    If normal removal and MCPR both fail to remove McAfee then either it wasn't the consumer version of McAfee protection that was installed in the first place, you can clarify that for us, or, if it was, we will have to start a very long and laborious registry cleanup method which will take hours.  I can explain that later.

     

    Have you by any chance been using registry cleaners?   This is the usual result of that.

     

    Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 02/06/11 4:31:33 EDT PM

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    3. Jun 3, 2011 8:46 AM (in response to john9210)
    Re: I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

    Registry cleaners often remove too much and are one of the causes of these problems with malfunctioning software.

     

    If you recently ran one and it has a reverse or restore button try that and then see if things work better.

     

    If not then to remove McAfee (or any similarly effected software) is a rather long and laborious process.

     

    Here are the manual removal steps for anything by McAfee (or anything for that matter - just change the name...!)

     

    Go to Start/Run and enter regedit and click OK.

    A page should open with the top left hand corner looking like this:

     

    https://sa-live.com/l?v=0&ui=0&p=000c00000000000000000000400000000000&spid=mcafee-forums&url=-+6a6e682f71697075706376646c66752f64706e/albums/v732/Ex-Brit/My%2520Stuff/Regedit.jpg

     

    If for some reason it's expanded, collapse it and then highlight My Computer (Computer in Vista/Windows 7).

    Go to File tab and click "Export" and send all of the registry to your desktop. This is in case something goes wrong. It can then be rebuilt by simply right-clicking that desktop item & selecting 'merge'.

    Now click the Edit tab and then "Find". Enter "McAfee" (minus the "") then click "Find next" (or hit the enter key).

    Whatever is found, right-click and delete.

    Hit your F3 key for the next instance and keep going until all entries are gone.

    If one says it can't be deleted this is where it gets complicated. You have to then find which key on the left column pertains to it and right-click/Properties/Permissions and give yourself permission/ownership.

     

    It's a long process.


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    5. Jun 3, 2011 12:51 PM (in response to john9210)
    Re: I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

    Delete any folders labelled as such and that probably will take care of the rest of those registry entries.  If you have problems deleting anything, take ownership.  This should help:  http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1911-take-ownership-shortcut.html?ltr=T


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    7. Jun 3, 2011 1:00 PM (in response to john9210)
    Re: I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

    Delete anything McAfee.   You can't delete something from task manager but you can go to its location and do it there.


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    8. Jun 4, 2011 4:17 PM (in response to john9210)
    Re: I can’t remove McAfee from my computer

    john9210 wrote:

     

    I’m using Windows 7, 64 bit. I can’t completely removeMcAfee from my computer. After running uninstall, the Security Center seems tostill be on the computer. I still get McAfee warnings about programs wanting togain access the internet.

     

    I’ve worked with the chat room three times in an attempt toremove McAfee Virus program from my computer. All attempts failed. Each time thetechnicians have had me run MCPR.exe in the Windows mode. When I reboot, thecomputer crashes. I have to go to the Safe Mode and run system restore.

     

    The last time, I ran MCPR in the safe mode, but it wouldn’trun. I got the error “the process cannot access the file because it is beingused by another process”. Naturally, it doesn’t say what file or what process.Even though the MCPR would not execute in the safe mode, when I tried to returnto windows, the computer crashed. I again had to go back to safe mode and usesystem restore.

    Hi john9210,

     

    Contrary, to what other says, the only good Registry Cleaners, presents to you,, what it wants to remove and the reason why for each one. A good Registry Cleaner, is TuneUp Utilities 2011 from http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/ and there is a 15-day Trial Period.

     

    Aside from that, MCPR can't run in Safe Mode.

     

    You haven't stated what version of McAfee you wanted to remove.

     

    You haven't stated which MCPR you are attempting to use.

     

    My Experience, using Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features to remove McAfee newest versions, is a nightmare.

     

    I have always used the MCPR to remove the newer versions of McAfee. The latest is:http://beta.mcafee.com/betamcafee/resources/MCPR_5.0.273.1.exe

     

    You must reboot the computer after running the tool.

     

    Note: Once you remove, McAfee, you can sign up and test and use the latest Beta Version of McAfee Total Protection 5.0 Beta.. The drawback is that everything gets installed, whether you use it or not. Plus, you must report the bugs.


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