Just a couple of days ago I bought the Acer Asipre One netbook. It’s handy, cute and cool. But before I could rejoice I found out a couple of irritating issues. One of them is that this machine comes pre-installed with a trial version of McAfee Security Center which requires online activation (which means you will be forced to buy the product eventually). I am not particularly a fan of McAfee, and I already have a licensed Kaspersky product. So I thought what the heck. I’ll just remove it and install the Kaspersky. But it turned out that it wasn’t as simple as that.

I removed McAfee through the Add/Remove software wizard, restarted the machine and went on to install Kaspersky. But, to my surprise, during the installation, the wizard alerted me that McAfee Security Center was still present in the system and it aborted the installation. What the …? I instantly understood that there were still some entries present in the registry. OK, that’s not so much of a big deal. I’ll just open the registry, find all keys with ‘McAfee’ and remove them. Well, let me tell you, this did not work either.

So, I went back to Google and after a brief research, I found out that I needed a tool to remove McAfee from my system. I got that from McAfee’s support page. The rest was pretty simple. I ran the tool, it removed every trace of McAfee from my system, and after a restart I was able to install Kaspersky. So happy!

To get the tool from my Box.net online storage click here.