Programs and Features>Uninstall a Program
Uninstall McAfe Security Scan from the list and Close the Control Panel.
Registry Editor (Press the Windows key + R and type "regedit" then click OK)
Delete the McAfee folder by right clicking and choosing delete
Delete the McAfee folder by right clicking and choosing delete.
THAT will completely remove McAfee Security Scan from your system. You should reboot after ANY registry changes.
I have followed these directions. First off, McAfee won't uninstall from the control panel add/remove programs when I right click uninstall in Windows 7. I get an hourglass and then it returns and McAfee is still present. I deleted the above registry entries plus an additional two registry entries "McAfee" in the same location. Rebooted and McAfee is still installed. I believe the definition of malware should include any program that does not properly uninstall using the Windows interface.
It sounds like their uninstaller is crashing.
It is. This is what I get when I try to uninstall McAfee Security Scan Plus via the Control Panel:
McAfee recommends using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool for this specific problem, but that seems to remove every McAfee product except Security Scan Plus.
Mike M recommends removing the McAfee folders in the registry, but a search for "McAfee" finds other folders belonging to Security Scan Plus. Who knows if there are more?
Adobe has been ignoring us for years about installing unwanted third-party software on our machines.
Once upon a time, a tech picked up my laptop right from underneath my fingers and shook it [!] to demonstrate some point he was on about. He didn't know the USB port was faulty and walked away oblivious to the fact that he'd just lost my work. Like this tech, Adobe should know better than to fool around with someone's equipment because that's when it will break. If Adobe thinks they're entitled to trespass on our computers to install unwanted third-party software, then they should own the liability for that software's problems and reimburse us for the hours it takes to remove it.
I paid hundreds of dollars for CS4 Premiere and Photoshop years ago. I stopped buying Adobe software because they did this to me before. They are unethical in my opinion; makes me wonder if forcing McAfee on us is how they addressed Flash Player's security vulnerabilities.