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#1 User is online   brewbob 

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 04:28 AM

I bought an eMachine a couple of years ago and it came with the freaking McAfee Security Center pre-installed. It's a POS and I wanted to remove it from my system. After stopping it on the Services function, and turning off my firewall, I still get a message that it's either protected or in use.

How the he$$ do I get this POS off my system? I hated McAfee before and now totally despise it!

Thanks!

Bob
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 05:12 AM

Hey bob!!



Welcome to PCWorld Community!



I'm sorry you feel that way about McAfee.

OK. I'm not gonna tell you stories ,but, their firewall is a pretty good one .

Anyways , this is the RemovalTool ,

that you will need to completely remove McAfee from your PC.

Just click on the hyperlink( blue word above) and download from Majorgeeks.

run the tool or app. a couple of times to make sure that nothing is left on your PC.

Also read the instructions on how to go about it.

It should be pretty straight forward.

Hope this is what you were looking fo.

If you should need anything else, just call.



FLASHORN.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 07:48 AM

Thanks, FLASHORN, for the link. I've run into another problem in that I can't find the MCPR.exe file. It was probably deleted when I couldn't do the "add/remove" programs a while back. It prevented me from removing McAfee. I didn't realize it was the firewall for my XP system. When I looked at the security center on my PC, there was absolutely no mention that McAfee was running. So I tried deleting any files with the name McAfee in them.

So, I am at the point where I don't have the uninstall routine present and McAfee keeps appearing when I reboot or try to allow a site access to mine.

If you or anyone else has some further thoughts on this, I would appreciate them very much. Otherwise, I will just put up with the periodic McAnnoyances.



Cheers!

Bob
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:06 AM

Hi BrewBob. You may just have to reinstall the version of McAfee you had and then uninstall it using the Removal Tool Flashorn provided to you.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:11 AM

That's what I was afraid of! LOL

It came preinstalled, so I don't know if I can parse it out of the XP reinstallation CD or not. I'll see if I can and report back in case anyone else has the same problem.

Thanks,

Bob
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:39 AM

brewbob said:

I've run into another problem in that I can't find the MCPR.exe file.

hi [~54622]

What do you exaclty mean by the above line ? MCPR.exe is the removal tool for mcafee . If you cant find it , download it again and run it . Now the link that
[~60096] gave is the same mcafee removal tool(MCPR.exe) that will uninstall any traces of mcafee present on the system . It doesnt matter if the uninstaller is partially damaged or corrupted. The removal tool will run fine.


So just download and run that file . I think you were doing something different.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 08:50 AM

:D Hi :



Generally speaking, it is Best to follow the recommendations that McAfee provides at

service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=107083&lc=1033 . The "mcpr.exe"

tool should NOT be used on ALL their products; therefore, it would really help IF you

told us the SPECIFIC Name of your Operating System AND the SPECIFIC Name of

the McAfee product, including IF any "year" is mentioned in the product's "Name" .
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:11 AM

Hey bob!!


Piyush expressed my thoughts exactly.

The MRCPexe. IS the Removal Tool.

Going into the recovery cd , if you can find the installer fine.

re-install and then do the Removal Tool. Both , Piyush and I have kept the McAfee firewall

and think it is a good one.



Like the Removal tool for Norton AntVirus program, you simply have to double click on the

MRCPexe. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:


Using McAfee Consumer Product

:
- Double click the MCPR.exe - A Command Line window will be displayed, and then close automatically. - Wait for a second Command Line window to be displayed. Note: Do
not double-click MCPR.exe again, you may have to wait up to 1 minute
for the next window to appear. - After the second window appears, the program will begin the cleanup. - Observe the ,
which could take several minutes. The following message will be
displayed in the Command Line window: "The machine must reboot to
complete the un-installation. Reboot now? ( Y,N ) Y = Yes , N = No"

- Press Y on the keyboard.

- Wait for the computer to restart.
- All McAfee products are now removed from your computer.



If after rebooting the PC you still have anything left on your PC , we will try


the REVO UNINSTALLER in the HUNTER MODE.


BUT, I must "caution strongly" that this mode is no toy.


It will find and show you the registry keys associated with McAfee.


IT WILL BE UP TO YOU TO EXPAND THE KEYS AND READ WHAT REVO HAS FOUND.


So again , do the Removal Tool first and the if there still is some files left behind

that shows up on start-up we can deal with them afterwards.



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Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:44 AM

I've searched the Recovery CD for my OS: WIN XP and found nothing related to McAfee. I even enabled hidden files, and tried searches every which way for MCPR.EXE and also the keyword McAfee. No luck.

If I understand all this correctly, the Removal Tool on the McAfee site is a set of instructions on HOW TO use the MCPR.EXE routine? That puts me in an infinite loop as I don't have that file on my hard drive nor can find it on the eMachines Recovery CD.

I think it was spiritwind that said to "download the file and run it". I didn't see a stand-alone file by that name, just the reference to it in the removal instructions.

Thanks to all for your help. I really appreciate the quick replies, but I think I'll just live with this until I replace this OS or the entire PC.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:06 AM

brewbob said:


I've searched the Recovery CD for my OS: WIN XP and found nothing related to McAfee. I even enabled hidden files, and tried searches every which way for MCPR.EXE and also the keyword McAfee. No luck.


If I understand all this correctly, the Removal Tool on the McAfee site is a set of instructions on HOW TO use the MCPR.EXE routine? That puts me in an infinite loop as I don't have that file on my hard drive nor can find it on the eMachines Recovery CD.


I think it was spiritwind that said to "download the file and run it". I didn't see a stand-alone file by that name, just the reference to it in the removal instructions.




OMG Are you saying you werent able to get the MCPR.exe file. ????
click on this link - http://download.mcaf...s/licensed/custsupportpatches/MCPR.exe
Next click Save and save the file to a folder on your computer.Then navigate to the folder and run MCPR.exe by doubnle clicking it. Wait for a while and let it run. Restart after it says to do so.

Dont know why are you searching the XP recovery CD , you have to get the MCPR.exe file from the link given and not the CD.
If this still doesnt work , then ..........someone else may try to help.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:32 AM

Piyush,

THANKS! It was exactly what I needed. The link that FLASHORN gave me seemed to be instructions only on how to run the MCPR routine, but I couldn't find the file to download at that site.

I ran it and it removed the evil McAfee stuff. On reboot, no more references to McAfee. Victory!

I really appreciate ALL the responses. This is a great forum with great people that have expert knowledge.



Bob
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:51 AM

The link that flashorn and spiritwind gave , both had the same MCPR file . You should have looked a bit at the web pages they pointed you to.
Anyway , glad you got it working.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 10:51 AM

Hey bob!!



OK, Like Piyush said , You Have To Download That File.



You can download directly from Piyush's link in his last post



and a Black Box will appear on the screen :



!http://forums.pcworld.com/legacyimages/
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Now, as you can see this is the Black Box in question.



ALL you have to do is click on the "SAVE FILE" tab

this will save the MCPR,exe to your Documents and Settings

or to the folder that you save all downloaded files.



In that folder you will see the exe. installer:

or in this case Uninstaller:

"The Removal Tool"



!http://forums.pcworld.com/legacyimages/
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Now, this is the MCPR.exe file or the exe. that you have to double click

in order to "install" or "Run" the Removal Tool.



I can't show you how it will act after you double click on the file

because, I would then be "uninstalling" MY firewall.



While we are on the subject of firewalls, IF you are doing this with ought

a firewall present , Please Disconnect from the internet.

You would be vulnerable if you did not disconnect.



PLZ. come back and tell us how it went.





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Posted 04 May 2008 - 11:06 AM

Very good call. :D This had me scratching my hand a bit as well but I figured that BrewBob meant he was unable to actually complete the full uninstallation process. LOL
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 11:26 AM

After seeing the reference again to FLASHORN's link, I went back to that page and scanned all over it for the MCPR link. Geez, I finally found it at the very top right side in very small print! I originally looked down the page at the MCPR removal instructions but wondered where the download was. I think Maj Geeks could put the download link right at the beginning of the instructions for us older, mentally challenged individuals! ;)

Anyway, thanks to everyone for your help.

Bob
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