The article intends to explain how to remove McAfee SiteAdvisor. The methods compiled here are reliable and correct until date. However, we advise you to follow and implement them carefully to avoid running into troubles.
McAfee SiteAdvisor is a site-alert tool that proactively informs you whether a particular website is safe to browse or not. It does so by adding colored ratings against each website in search results. Despite being a good tool, you may want to uninstall McAfee SiteAdvisor from your computer due to several reasons.
Close any program that is currently running on your computer. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, click on the Start menu and browse to Control Panel. Click on the Uninstall a program link under Programs. If you don’t see this option and instead see a set of programs, you might be in the Classic View under Control Panel Home (check on the left hand side pane). Look for Programs and Features and double click on its icon. When the window opens up, you will see all the programs listed in there. Look for McAfee SiteAdvisor from the listed programs, select it and hit the Uninstall button. You might see Uninstall/Remove button, click on that to proceed.
If prompted for a confirmation, click Yes or Continue (whatever option you see there) to proceed. If you are using Windows XP, click on the Start button and navigate to Control Panel> Add or Remove Programs. Wait for the window to populate with programs. When done, locate McAfee SiteAdvisor, select it and hit the Remove button. You may instead see Change/Remove button, press it. When prompted, confirm the removal. Let the wizard complete removal of McAfee SiteAdvisor. When prompted, restart your computer.
This method will work only when McAfee SiteAdvisor was installed as a standalone program. If it is installed as a built-in component of your McAfee antivirus program, you will not find it as a separate program under Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP and Programs (or Programs and Features) in Windows 7/Vista. Instead of this, you will find the McAfee Antivirus or Security Suite in the programs. Click on it and hit the Uninstall button in Windows 7/Vista or Remove button in Windows XP. This will open up the McAfee security suite, select the box next to SiteAdvisor and hit the Uninstall or Remove button. Confirm the removal and let the wizard take care of rest of the procedure. Restart your PC when prompted. If you want, you can also select and remove other components like McAfee virusscan.
Though the program has been removed, its registry entries still exist in Registry Editor. You must find and delete them to fully remove McAfee SiteAdvisor. You can do it manually or with a registry cleaner tool. Remember, manual modification requires a thorough understanding of Registry Editor. In the absence of which, you can lead you system to crash or other critical issues. So, we do not recommend you to try the manual method. Instead, connect to the internet and download a free registry cleaner tool from a trusted website. When prompted, save the file.
Go to the Downloads folder, look for the file, and open it to run the setup wizard. Follow the onscreen prompts and complete installation of the registry cleaner. If prompted, restart your PC. When done, open the tool and run a scan for the damaged or empty registry keys of the uninstalled program(s). When finished, prompt it to clean the selected or all registry keys. You can prompt the tool to create a restore point before doing the cleanup. When done, exit all the windows.
You can also simply disable McAfee SiteAdvisor instead of removing it. Other than this, you can install or remove other McAfee supported tools using McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe).