McAfee Agent: Remove while in Managed Mode

McAfee LogoIf you have trouble removing the Security Agent that McAfee Antivirus left in your PC, you can try these steps (if you have VSE 8.8, see below section for the additional steps):

  1. Open Command Promt (CMD) by clicking start and typing command prompt.
  2. Type cd C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework and press enter (for 64-bit machines, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework folder).
  3. Type frminst.exe /forceuninstall and press enter.

After the said steps above, the security agent will be removed. Take note though, you may need the administrator privileges when doing such thing.

Update:

Additional steps for VSE 8.8 (thanks to tilaelolo):

Click Start, Run > CMD

msiexec /x {CE15D1B6-19B6-4D4D-8F43-CF5D2C3356FF} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

msiexec /x {147BCE03-C0F1-4C9F-8157-6A89B6D2D973} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

msiexec.exe /x {35C03C04-3F1F-42C2-A989-A757EE691F65} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

msiexec.exe /x {5DF3D1BB-894E-4DCD-8275-159AC9829B43} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

Additional steps for 64-bit  machines (thanks to Scott!):

Great post! Only trouble I had was the McAfee folder was in c:\Program Files (x86) folder since I have a 64bit machine. For the folks having trouble might want to check to see if they are using a 64bit machine.

Additional information for 64-bit McAfee v5 (thanks to Vicky):

Hiya, the latest EPO agent (v5 for me) stores its frminst file in C:\Program Files\Mcafee\Agent\x86 folder (on my windows 7 64 bit laptop)

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31 thoughts on “McAfee Agent: Remove while in Managed Mode

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  1. It didn’t work, I have a strong feeling I’m doing this way wrong. I have admin privileges, and went to command prompt typed in what you said to and it said file not recognized as either internal or external command, operable command or batch file. what now?

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  2. Hi Nicko, you’re doing a great job. I’ve got the same issues as Jennifer Duncan. However, the file ‘Frminst.exe’ exists in the McAfee folder. how am I expected to go about the uninstallation process.
    Very Urgent,
    Thanks.

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    • Hi Chucks! Sorry for the late reply. Can you take a screenshot of the contents of the folder “C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework” and the commands that you have entered in the command prompt? Thanks!

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  4. Great post! Only trouble I had was the McAfee folder was in c:\Program Files (x86) folder since I have a 64bit machine. For the folks having trouble might want to check to see if they are using a 64bit machine.

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  5. what if there is no frminst.exe file?

    My University thought McAfee would be a nice secret gift with their non functioning Novell iPrint Client.

    One or a combination of these 3 programs prevented several programs from launching, and I still could not install the printers. Anyway only the first sentence matters.

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  6. thanks alot… it was to easy.. great. i have Windows 7 62Bit
    type CD C:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework>frminst.exe/forceuninstall
    hit enter .. and you are good to go.

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  7. If anybody having a hard time uninstalling VSE

    Paste these lines the first being the newest version of VSE 8.8:

    Click Start, Run > CMD

    msiexec /x {CE15D1B6-19B6-4D4D-8F43-CF5D2C3356FF} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

    msiexec /x {147BCE03-C0F1-4C9F-8157-6A89B6D2D973} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

    msiexec.exe /x {35C03C04-3F1F-42C2-A989-A757EE691F65} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

    msiexec.exe /x {5DF3D1BB-894E-4DCD-8275-159AC9829B43} REMOVE=ALL REBOOT=R

    And goodbye bloody MCrApee

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  8. Hi, can anyone please help me uninstall Mcafee 5.0? I’ve tried everything with the command prompt but nothing worked. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong. This is the McAfee version I have: 5.0.0.2620. Thank you!

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