Keep getting annoying MacAfee Pop Up

 

'You MacAfee has expired< Renew here", is there a simple way to get rid of Cookie or Block its URL? Win 10

If your not using it the uninstall it.

That's the best way.

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just keep closing the popup ...

Eventually, that scam will stop for awhile. Don't click the 'renew here' button

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I did that last year

pwohlrab wrote:

That's the best way.

Have searched for anything MacAfee, Uninstalled it last year, can't find any cookies and such. As far as reinstalling MacAfee, if this is a true MacAfee Pop Up which I think it is, I do not want to do business with this kind of Company. I lost trust when it kept sending about how great it was as my subscription was coming to end.

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windwalker wrote:
pwohlrab wrote:

That's the best way.

Have searched for anything MacAfee, Uninstalled it last year, can't find any cookies and such. As far as reinstalling MacAfee, if this is a true MacAfee Pop Up which I think it is, I do not want to do business with this kind of Company. I lost trust when it kept sending about how great it was as my subscription was coming to end.

Do you realize that once software is installed, part of it remains even if you uninstall it? McAfee may be one of those that stays intact regardless of software removal.

If I were you, I would download Windows 10 directly from Microsoft. Format and reinstall the system. Of course you want to back it up before formatting.

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pwohlrab wrote:

That's the best way.

Uninstalling is not the same as never having the software on the system ever. The best way is nuke and rebuild.

Solution found on Google

Anytime I have a software problem I search on Google. It always has the link to a solution or sites with suggestions.

https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-your-mcafee-subscriptio...

Although, this may not fix your particular computer.

Only do step 1. Steps 2 & 3 are installing their program.

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Also...

See if Revo Uninstaller will find any remnants of the program. You don't need to purchase the program. The free version works very well.

Also see if the malwarebytes program will find any remnants. It is also very good.

@Chewbacca. Nuke and rebuilding is quite drastic. It should not be needed at this time.

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Also

As pwohlrab suggests, I agree that using Revo Uninstaller is a good step. you can find it here.
https://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?q=revo+uninstalle...

Also Autoruns can find "services" or "start-ups" that are there and let you know where they are. You can find it here
https://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?q=autoruns&m=

Unfortunately, there are

Unfortunately, there are plenty of real software programs that have McAfee riding on their coattails to get onto your computer.
MY #1 RULE - whenever you install any software ALWAYS select custom install. All too often you will find the options to UNSELECT things like McAfee. UNSELECT means they are installed by default unless you stop them. Be sure to READ the instructions as I have found "dark truth". Check boxes that say "don't opt out" instead of what you would thing it says "opt out".
Usually, you can find the program in the "Programs and features" and uninstall it. I can't tell you where it might be because it has been a long time since I made that error. You can open task manager and look for it. There may be a path listed there that can lead you to it.
good luck.

Leftovers

Pieces/Parts still in the Registry and probably in the Task Scheduler as well.

If you had used Revo to begin with and done a deep uninstall they would be gone. But, sometimes Revo does more harm than good if you are not careful and check everything it wants to delete.

BTW There is no point in Nuking the system and reinstalling. That's just overkill for this problem.

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pwohlrab wrote:

See if Revo Uninstaller will find any remnants of the program. You don't need to purchase the program. The free version works very well.

Also see if the malwarebytes program will find any remnants. It is also very good.

@Chewbacca. Nuke and rebuilding is quite drastic. It should not be needed at this time.

That's correct, it is an overkill but I'm against installing new software to remove other software. However, I may go down that route if the software company is the same. As an example, I use Adobe Reader uninstaller (downloadable from Adobe.com) to remove both Reader 10 and Reader 2017 (installed on the same PC) that somehow got messed up during automated uninstallation/installation and can no longer be uninstalled from Add/Remove Program.

Using Revo uninstaller may be the only solution if you can no longer reinstall software if you nuke and rebuild.

If I want a clean system, I start with Window OS setup and continue to add what I want.

Autoruns

I agree with those who say that it may be a good time to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows 10. I do that with Windows 7 about every two years. But this is the "nuclear option" to solving this problem.

An alternative is called Autoruns. This is a program downloaded from the Microsoft site that inspects and displays all the processes running on the PC.

By looking at a list of hundreds of processes, you can uncheck a box and have a process temporarily or permanently shut down. This can be reversed if it doesn't work out.

First download Autoruns:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/auto...

After installing it, run the .exe file as an administrator. Right-click the .exe file and click "run as administrator." It will display a list of processes. Look, obviously, for any containing MacAfee. If there are none the popup could be disguised using initials, etc. Any that look suspicious can be unchecked and after the next reboot will not run. Run Autoruns again to make any corrections or to experiment. Anything unchecked can always be reversed.

Autoruns has solved a number of problems on my PCs when running Windows Explorer.

This is a good article, but download from Microsoft at the link above, not Sysinternals. Microsoft bought Sysinternals:

https://www.howtogeek.com/school/sysinternals-pro/lesson6/

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Thanks All

Going work on this Tomorrow, MacAfee came with this Computer when I bought it. After a few week got tired of all the back slapping and Marketing it did. I nuked my Android to get rid of MacAfee, it was screwing up my Security Camera System.

The PC Decrapifier

Try the link to The PC Decrapifier. This is a site that will try to uninstall all the 'crap' that comes preinstalled on your OS when you buy it from a reseller.

https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

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Nuking it is too drastic at this time.

And you sometimes have to re-install to be able to completely uninstall. If you want to go through all the work of reinstall and all the updates to go with it then that is your choice.

chewbacca wrote:
pwohlrab wrote:

See if Revo Uninstaller will find any remnants of the program. You don't need to purchase the program. The free version works very well.

Also see if the malwarebytes program will find any remnants. It is also very good.

@Chewbacca. Nuke and rebuilding is quite drastic. It should not be needed at this time.

That's correct, it is an overkill but I'm against installing new software to remove other software. However, I may go down that route if the software company is the same. As an example, I use Adobe Reader uninstaller (downloadable from Adobe.com) to remove both Reader 10 and Reader 2017 (installed on the same PC) that somehow got messed up during automated uninstallation/installation and can no longer be uninstalled from Add/Remove Program.

Using Revo uninstaller may be the only solution if you can no longer reinstall software if you nuke and rebuild.

If I want a clean system, I start with Window OS setup and continue to add what I want.

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Backups

While the following comments would not solve the problem windwalker is experiencing (as he says MacAfee came with his new computer), I feel compelled to mount the soapbox and say that everyone ought to be making backups - both clones and images - on a regular basis.

For example, once one has "nuked" a system and reinstalled software, the first step then ought to be to take an image of the now clean system. With the rescue disk you make at the same time, you could get back to the clean system without all the reinstalls.

If you do not have a backup schedule you should think about starting one. USB drives are not that expensive -
https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Portable-External-Drive-WDBU...

I use Macrium Reflect Home (a paid version which can do incremental backups) but at my church (for the TV Ministry) we use the free version. I follow the computer guru AskLeo and this is his software recommendation.

At church, we make both "clones" and "images". A "clone" is an exact replica of the hard drive on a similar size hard drive. Since we use our computer to "capture" the service which we edit and play the next week on a TV station in town, we would be in deep trouble is we came in on Sunday morning to find that our hard drive had failed. However, if that happened, we just open up the case, replace the hard drive with the "clone" and be back in business. We keep a spare power supply on hand for the same reason.

Please consider this!

John

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jgermann wrote:

I use Macrium Reflect Home (a paid version which can do incremental backups) but at my church (for the TV Ministry) we use the free version. I follow the computer guru AskLeo and this is his software recommendation.

None of those 3rd party software is needed. Windows 7 can clone your installation too. I don't know about Windows 8 or 10. I've never used them.

Nuking it is too drastic at this time

pwohlrab wrote:

And you sometimes have to re-install to be able to completely uninstall. If you want to go through all the work of reinstall and all the updates to go with it then that is your choice.

Sure it is too drastic if all you want to do is to remove McAfee notification. I should say that I nuke my system to remove all trial software or bloatware that comes with a system the minute I receive my new computer.

other ideas

After a two minute Google search, I found other ideas to look at:

The McAfee popup may have an entry in Windows Task Scheduler:
https://community.mcafee.com/t5/Consumer-General-Discussions...

McAfee browser extensions might be active:
https://www.howtogeek.com/291833/how-to-get-rid-of-mcafees-n...

Have you tried this?

windwalker wrote:

'You MacAfee has expired< Renew here", is there a simple way to get rid of Cookie or Block its URL? Win 10

Slightly different problem AND dated but it may be worth a shot. I found this on a McAfee Support group.

‎05-16-2010 09:13 AM

Finally! figured out how to stop annoying McAfee pop-up notices
Just received my new Dell laptop a few days ago and ever since booting ther system up these annoying McAfee pop-up messages kept appearing on the bottom right side of the screen. So far the only way to get rid of them has been to click OK.

My preference is to manually run any McAfee related virus scans, updates, etc. I do NOT want to be reminded over and over with pop-up windows about anything McAfee related. I figured out a simple solution to stop these pop-ups.

While the pop-up was on the screen I opened task manager to find out the name of the McAfee processes running and viewed the properties to get the location of each executable. Then browsed to 'My Computer' - 'C:' - 'Program Files(x86)' - 'McAfee.com'. There are two .exe's there, mcagent.exe and mcupdate.exe. I renamed them both, to amj_mcagent.exe and amj_mcupdate.exe.

Woo hoo! ... no more McAfee pop-ups!!!

Also went into Services and stopped all McAfee related ones and set them to Manual.

Glad to have come up with this solution because I was ready to un-install the program just so I wouldn't have to deal with these pop-ups.

McAfee needs to add an option somewhere (in Security Center) to turn off ALL pop-up messages.

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thanks soberbyker!

soberbyker wrote:

...While the pop-up was on the screen I opened task manager to find out the name of the McAfee processes running and viewed the properties to get the location of each executable. Then browsed to 'My Computer' - 'C:' - 'Program Files(x86)' - 'McAfee.com'. There are two .exe's there, mcagent.exe and mcupdate.exe. I renamed them both, to amj_mcagent.exe and amj_mcupdate.exe.

Woo hoo! ... no more McAfee pop-ups!!!...

Thanks soberbyker for finding the filenames of two of the processes. This can be used when running Autoruns to shut them down.

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Thanks. I had similar issues

Thanks. I had similar issues on my father's computer. Despite my advice to just use Microsoft Defender, he insists on using 3rd party. Maybe this can help him forget.

Common locations that I

Common locations that I check for software auto launch:

1. In Windows Registry:

(both 32 bit and 64 bit OS)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run

(64 bit OS only)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run

or Just run the following command as Administrator and look at Startup tab:

MSCONFIG

2. In Windows Menu:
Start - All Programs - Startup

3. Also check Task Scheduler. Disable scheduled tasks that you think should never be used.

4. Check both Program Files (32 and 64 bit OS) and Program Files (x86) (64 bit OS only) for any remnants of (in this case) McAfee related executables. Change them from EXE to .whatever or delete them.

5. Services - look for McAfee related service. Disable them.