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Uninstalling McAfee Enterprise in Windows


This article describes how to uninstall McAfee Enterprise from a Windows computer.

Because we cannot uninstall the program when it is in Managed Mode, we have to first change McAfee into Unmanaged Mode.

  1. Open the Command Prompt.

    • This can be accomplished by opening the Run utility. This might be in your Start Menu, but another way to open Run is to hold the Windows Key (on your keyboard, between the left Ctrl and Alt keys, with the Windows Icon) and tap the 'R' key. After Run is opened, type in "cmd" (without the quotes) and press the Enter key.


  2. Next, we have to navigate the Command Prompt to your Program Files folder.

    • First, try typing the following: cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework"

    • If that worked, then continue to the next step. Otherwise, if you got a message saying the system cannot find the path specified, then type the following: cd "C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework"

  3. From there, type the following: frminst.exe /remove=agent and press the Enter key. Now McAfee will be in Unmanaged Mode.


  4. When that program finishes its work, go ahead and close the Command Prompt.

  5. Next, click the Start Menu.

  6. Select Computer.

  7. Select Uninstall or change a program at the top of the window that pops up.

  8. First, click McAfee VirusScan Enterprise and select Uninstall above the list.

  9. After it finishes uninstalling, look for McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise Module. If it's there, uninstall it. Otherwise, move to the next step.

  10. If there are any other programs that have the word McAfee, and only if they are NOT McAfee Agent, then remove them.

  11. When there is only McAfee Agent left, remove McAfee Agent. Make sure McAfee Agent is removed last.

With that, McAfee will be completely uninstalled from your machine.