How to Get Rid of McAfee Reminders

by Grace Clark

Although McAfee Internet Security Suite ranks among the most popular virus-protection software programs, users often complain about the continuous pop-up reminder windows. Many computers come with a trial subscription to McAfee Antivirus, with renewal and update reminders that continually pop up at frequent intervals. Fortunately, there are methods of doing away with them.

Solving the Problem

Decide how important the McAfee Internet Security program is to you, or if you can use something else, without the constant interference. Weigh the benefits against the annoyance.

Remove the unwanted program by uninstalling it. To do this, first go to the "Start" button, then click on the "Control Panel" and then on "Uninstall/Remove." Then choose "Uninstall McAfee." Sometimes this is all that is necessary. Unfortunately, this simple process does not always work, and a software removal tool may need to be used.

Proceed to (see Resources) to download a McAfee software removal tool. The software is a freeware tool called McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool 2.0.155. Download the tool and follow the directions on the site carefully to remove McAfee Antivirus and any remnants remaining on the computer.

Recognize that purchasing the program may not alleviate the problem, and that the old trial version may still need to be purged from the computer. Begin by removing (or uninstalling) the software in any form.

Use the removal tool mentioned above. Then launch Windows Explorer and delete all McAfee files in "Program Files," include those in the C :Document Drive, and be sure Windows Explorer is set to show all hidden files and folders (follow "Tools>Folder Options>View"). Delete all folders and files that are found.

Reinstall the new version of McAfee Antivirus software, either from the disc or downloaded from the McAfee site. The program will then operate without the continuous and intrusive reminder messages.


  • check The reminder windows may become so disruptive that it may be easy to lose sight of the reason the antivirus software was installed in the first place. Upon deciding to remove the program completely, it is recommended that you install another anti-virus program to replace it.

About the Author

Grace Clark has over 10 years experience as a newspaper journalist & editor. She currently writes as a lifestyle and government reporter for Clark resides in Southern California.

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