It is well known that it is pretty hard to remove McAfee from a computer once it has been installed.
Unfortunately my new Windows 10 PC came with a test version of McAfee installed.
I uninstalled it with Revo Uninstaller, which should be more thorough than the Windows uninstaller as far as orphaned files and registry entries are concerned. So I thought every trace was gone.
But this morning after my PC booted I got this message:
I used Everything to find remaining files, and indeed there were some, esp. the following .exe files:
Trying to delete them doesn't work.
Also, the Registry still contains myriad McAfee, which I started to delete (after making a backup). I gave up after I found that several keys wouldn't let them be removed. I tried this running Windows in Safe Mode as well, but I still couldn't remove files or Registry entries.
One possible explanation could be that there is still a McAfee service running, but I couldn't find it.
Next thing I tried: The McAfee Removal Tool. Files are still there.
So I've run out of ideas. How can you remove all traces of McAfee from your computer?