There may be several reasons for removing Mcafee or temporarily turning it off. In case you are using any of the Mcafee products i.e. McAfee Security Center (for Dell PC), McAfee Total Protection, McAfee LiveSafe, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, McAfee WebAdvisor and now you want to turn it off.
Here we have explained simple and straight methods to do so. Read this article if you want to turn off Mcafee or remove/uninstall it from Windows PC.
How to Turn Off McAfee Antivirus on PC
First, you have to check what Mcafee antivirus product you are using. the methods to turn it off may differ for each tool.
How to Turn off/Disable McAfee Security Center?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Right-click the McAfee icon at the bottom-right corner of your Windows Desktop.
Step 2: Select Change settings > Real-time Scanning from the menu.
Step 3: In the Real-Time Scanning status window, click the Turn-off button.
Step 4: You are asked to specify when you want Real-Time Scanning to resume. Select Never from the drop-down menu. Click on the Turn-off button to confirm your selection.
Step 5: Right-click the McAfee icon again and then select Change settings > Firewall.
Step 6: In the Firewall status window, click the Turn-off button.
Step 7: You need to specify when you want the Firewall to be automatically turned back on. Select Never. Click on the Turn-off button to confirm your selection.
How to Disable McAfee Total Protection
Open the McAfee Total Protection program.
Step 1: Click the PC Security tab.
Step 2: Click Real-Time Scanning on the left pane.
Step 3: On the pop-up window, click the Turn Off Similarly, select Never, and click the Turn off button to confirm your selection.
Step 4: Click Firewall on the left pane, click the Turn Off button, and go through the same process.
Step 5: Click Automatic Updates and Scheduled scans on the left pane one by one and go through the same process to disable them.
How to Disable McAfee LiveSafe
Step 1: Open McAfee LiveSafe.
Step 2: On the left menu, click the My Protection tab.
Step 3: Click Real-Time Scanning.
Step 4: Click Turn Off and specify the resume time.
Step 5: On the My Protection tab, under Protect your PC, click Firewall.
Step 6: Click Turn Off and specify the resume time.
How to Disable McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
Step 1: Right-click on the McAfee icon in the System Tray and choose VirusScan Console.
Step 2: In the VirusScan Console, right-click on Access Protection, and choose Disable.
Step 3: Do the same for On-Delivery Email Scanner, and On-Access Scanner.
How to Disable McAfee WebAdvisor
Step 1: Open your browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Firefox).
Step 2: Click the menu icon on the upper right.
Step 3: Click Extensions / Add-ons.
Step 4: Disable the McAfee WebAdvisor or SiteAdvisor extension.
How to Remove McAfee Antivirus From Windows 10/11 PC?
If you have decided to permanently delete the McAfee product you use then there are 3 methods you can follow to uninstall it.
Method 1. Uninstall McAfee via Control Panel
Step 1: Open Control Panel.
Step 2: Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
Step 3: Select the McAfee product you want to remove.
Step 4: Select Add/Remove or Change/Remove.
Step 5: Select Remove.
Method 2. Uninstall McAfee via Settings
Step 1: Open Settings.
Step 2: Select Apps.
Step 3: Under Apps & Features, find the McAfee product you want to remove.
Step 4: Select Uninstall.
Method 3. Uninstall McAfee via the MCPR Tool
Step 1: Download the MCPR (McAfee Consumer Product Removal) Tool.
Step 2: Double-click the MCPR file.
Step 3: Select Next on the McAfee Software Removal screen.
Step 4: Select Agree on the End User License Agreement (EULA) page.
Step 5: Enter the characters shown on the Security Validation screen, and then select Next. The uninstallation process will begin.
Step 6: When it completes, click Restart to finish the removal process.
What is McAfee Removal Tool (MCPR)?
McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool is an official utility designed for the complete removal of McAfee Security products to reinstall or install a different antivirus.
Why Can’t I Remove Mcafee From my Computer?
Even if you uninstall Mcafee products some files may remain. So it is advised to download Mcafee Removal Tool to completely remove it from your PC.
How to Remove McAfee WebAdvisor from Chrome
Open Chrome. Click the menu icon on the upper right (the three dots stacked vertically). Click More Tools > Extensions. Deselect the checkmark next to McAfee WebAdvisor.
How to Stop or Remove McAfee Pop-Ups?
Follow these steps:
- Access the McAfee dashboard then select Navigation from the top-right corner.
- From the Next tab, select General Settings and Alerts.
- Select the Informational Alerts and Protection Alerts option.
- Uncheck the boxes to stop receiving pop-up alerts.
- Click OK to keep your changes.
How To Fix Mcafee Removal Tool Not Working?
Sometimes the Mcafee removal tool does not work in normal mode because of malware or trojan attack. You can try running the removal tool in safe mode. Read 5 Ways To Enter Safe Mode in Windows 10 & Windows 11 PC/Laptop.