Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How to Remove McAfee from a Registry

The article describes the procedure of removing McAfee program entries from the Windows Registry Editor. It is a database that stores settings, configuration, components etc. in the form of registry keys on which all the applications whether software or hardware along with the Windows operating system in a computer operator. If you face any problem while performing below mentioned steps you can contact McAfee Support at their toll free No. 1-877-452-9201.

Steps to Remove McAfee from Registry 

Backup your registry or create a restore point before performing the modifications. It will help you restore or re-access the critical registry in the event of a wrongdoing. Use Windows’ built-in Backup & Restore utility or offline or online backup features as desired. 

When done backing up, click on the Start button and navigate to Run. Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) in the blank box and hit Enter on the keyboard. If it is Windows 7 or Vista, click on the Start menu, type ‘regedit’ in the Start Search box and then hit Enter. If prompted for admin password, type it in and click on Continue or OK whatever you see as an option. It will bring up the Windows Registry Editor. 

Here we have assumed that you have already uninstalled the McAfee program and need help only with the registry entries. If you haven’t already done so, click on the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs. Locate McAfee Security Center from the listed programs and select it and check all its components. Click on the Change\Remove button and proceed with the instructions. When the program is removed, reboot your computer.  

Now download and install McAfee’s MCPR tool from its official website. Save the downloaded file to your desktop, open it and then run the setup. When completed, open the tool and run the cleaning procedure. Wait until it completes. Reboot computer when prompted. Open the MCPR tool and check what all items have remained undeleted under the View Log option. Make a note of all these files and then open Registry Editor (see above) 

In the Registry Editor window, click on the + sign next to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch. Navigate to Software, locate and McAfee folders, and delete them. Locate the entries that you viewed under View Log and delete them too. You can simplify your search by bringing up the Find utility.  Press the Ctrl + F keys together on the keyboard and you will see the Find box. Type ‘mcafee (without quotes) or the desired name of the file) in the blank box and then hit the Find Next button or the Enter key. You will see the list of McAfee files in the right hand pane. Delete all of them and continue to next step. 

Now expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER branch by clicking on the + sign next to it. Navigate to Software and repeat the abovementioned steps to locate and remove McAfee & folders and entries. When done, exit the Registry Editor window and reboot your computer. You must also remove the .dll files associated with the McAfee program to ensure full removal.


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