A friend asked me to look at their computer today because they were receiving some warning messages regarding anti-virus software. Upon inspection I noticed that he had Microsoft Security Essentials, which is what I recommended, installed as well as the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator. This was a Windows XP machine so I initially went to the Add/Remove Programs control panel to remove the ePolicy Orchestrator but there were no McAfee applications displaying so I had to figure out how to manually remove the application. Follow the instructions below to manually remove the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator from your computer.
Manually Remove McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator:
- Open Command Prompt: On Windows XP click the start button in the lower left corner, type cmd into the run box, and click the enter button to launch the Windows Command Prompt window.
- Change Directory: Now in the Command Prompt window type “cd c:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework” without the quotes and click enter. You will now be in the directory of the application we need to run to remove the ePolicy Orchestrator.
- Execute McAfee Agent Removal: In the Command Prompt window type “frminst /remove=agent” as shown in the below example window.
Once you run the above application from the Command Prompt it will pop open the below McAfee Agent window that will update you with the progress of removing the ePolicy Orchestrator.
Once the ePolicy Orchestrator is removed the below confirmation window will pop up.
You can verify the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator has been removed by looking to see if the ePolicy Orchestrator icon is still showing in the Windows taskbar.