How to install and uninstall McAfee Anti-Theft 2.xEnvironment
McAfee Anti-Theft 2.x
Affected Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 7
This article details the steps required to install and uninstall McAfee Anti-Theft 2.x.Problem
Installing and removing Anti-Theft is not a difficult process; however, caution is urged. This article covers normal installation and removal on a system that has not been significantly changed from when the software was originally installed. If you have replaced a major hardware component such as the motherboard, or the computer was re-imaged, see TS101484.Solution 1
Installation and Setup
IMPORTANT: Before you begin, ensure that your computer has a stable Internet connection (not Wi-Fi), is connected to AC power, and that your energy saving options will not trigger during the install process.
- Close all open programs.
- Open a web browser and go to http://home.mcafee.com.
- Click My Account.
- Type your email address and password and click Log In.
If you do not have a McAfee account, select New User? Register Now, follow the prompts to create your McAfee account, and then click Log In.
NOTE: If you want the website to remember your username for future use, select the Remember Me checkbox.
- Select the (+) icon.
- Select your computer and select McAfee Anti-Theft.
- Click Download.
- Read the End User License Agreement (EULA) and click I Agree.
- Click Download and save the installer to your Desktop.
- Close your web browser and run McAfeeSetup.exe.
- When prompted, type the user name and password you used for the My Account login, and click Next.
- Click Next and Finish.
- Click Next on the Set Up Anti-Theft screen.
- Type an unlock password. The Anti-Theft password should be eight integers (for example, 12345678).
- Type an email address that will be used to send Anti-Theft Service messages for this system. You can provide the same email address you used for My Account.
- Select Let me track my PC.
- Click Next.
- Click Close when setup completes.
After the installation finishes, the Anti-Theft icon might display a busy
status. This delay is the result of the file encryption process. The duration of the delay will depend on the number of data files on your system.Solution 2
The Anti-Theft uninstall application verifies whether a device is enrolled or not. If the device is enrolled, Anti-Theft prompts you for your McAfee account credentials before it allows you to uninstall the product.
- Click Start and select Control Panel.
- Open Programs and Features.
- Double-click McAfee Anti-Theft.
- Type the Anti-Theft online user account you previously used to download and enroll the application, when prompted.
- Decrypt any data files that were encrypted and uninstall the Anti-Theft service.
Because the Anti-Theft application files are required to decrypt your data, you are prompted to restart your computer after the decryption finishes. The Anti-Theft application is not fully removed until after the restart.