Uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus

Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless you uncheck the McAfee installation box as you’re updating Java, you’ll end up downloading McAfee’s software too.

Once downloaded, the McAfee software prompts the user on a daily basis to accept McAfee’s licensing terms to complete the installation. Sounds like crapware to me! Course if you don’t have any antivirus, “McAfee believes it’s better to be protected than unprotected.”

If you have another antivirus and accidently downloaded McAfee, here’s how to uninstall it:

Windows XP

  1. Click StartSettingsControl Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select McAfee Security Scan Plus.
  4. Click Remove and follow the steps provided.

 Windows Vista / 7

  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Programs and Features.
  3. Select McAfee Security Scan Plus.
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the steps provided.

7 Responses to “Uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus”

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  2. Courtney Says:

    I did the exact steps it says for Windows 7 but it says and error has occurred in uninstalling it and that it may have already been uninstalled. Even though it stills show up in all programs and when I try to install my Norton Security it says it cannot work because McAfee is interfering with it.

    • ab Says:

      Download and run the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool:
      Download the MCPR tool from: http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe and save it to a folder on your computer.

      1. Navigate to the folder where you saved the file, and double-click MCPR.exe.
      When you see the User Account Control dialog box, click Yes.
      2. At the McAfee Software Removal screen, click Next.
      3. At the End User License Agreement (EULA) dialog box, click Next to accept the agreement.
      4. When prompted, type the Captcha information, which is case sensitive, to validate to application security, and then click Next.
      5. When you see the message CleanUp Successful, restart your computer. Your McAfee product will not be fully removed until after the restart.

      • PeterS Says:

        Just for the record, MCPR does not remove McAfee Security Scan Plus. So, I’m stumped! Trouble is McAfee SS+ does not appear in my Programs and Features List, so I can’t uninstall in usual way.

  3. Darren Says:

    What if it does not show up in Programs and Features? I never even installed the thing!

    • Annie B. Says:

      It is sneaky like that. Just installs when you are installing other things. Revo works great for finding and removing applications that do not want to leave your computer quietly.
      Here is my post about REVO
      Here is the direct link.

  4. Batman Says:

    This has been going on for some time. In addition to other stuff the Java update has a round robin type of drive by install. I have seen personally over the last 12-18 months the yahoo toolbar, msn toolbar, bing toolbar, the mcafe scan, open office and others. I try to use ninite to do these updates. I create a ninite installer for flash, flash ie and java so it updates all three without too much trouble.

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