How to uninstall or disable McAfee WebAdvisor?

How to uninstall or disable McAfee WebAdvisor?

Follow the steps below to reinstall/uninstall McAfee WebAdvisor from your Windows or Mac PC.

NOTE: WebAdvisor is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. However, if your PC is running on Windows Vista or XP, instead of WebAdvisor, McAfee SiteAdvisor will get installed.

Here are ways by which you can install McAfee WebAdvisor and SiteAdvisor:

  • Via a standalone app, or
  • Through an integrated component of McAfee Windows security product.

If you only wish to inactivate your protection temporarily, use the first option, which disables the browser add-on without uninstalling the program.

How to temporarily disable the McAfee WebAdvisor or SiteAdvisor browser add-on

On Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Select the menu icon on the upper right corner (represented as three dots stacked one atop the other).
  3. Click on More Tools, and then click on Extensions.
  4. Disable the checkmark present next to the McAfee SiteAdvisor or WebAdvisor.

Via Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet Explorer tab.
  2. Click on the ‘Tools’ menu.
  3. Select ‘Manage Add-ons’.
  4. Choose the McAfee SiteAdvisor or WebAdvisor add-on,and then click on Disable.

While using Firefox

  1. Open the Firefox tab.
  2. Click on the stacked menu icon present in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Add-ons.
  4. Click on Disable presentnext to McAfee SiteAdvisor or WebAdvisor.

Removing McAfee WebAdvisor / SiteAdvisor (standalone)

After following the steps mentioned above, ensure that you install your product again as soon as you can to remain protected. For that, check out the ‘Related Information’ section given below.

Uninstalling McAfee WebAdvisor from Windows

  1. Firstly, close all currently running web browsers.
  2. Next, click on the ‘Start’ button present on the bottom left of your Windows desktop.
  3. Type ‘control panel’ in the search box and press ‘Enter’.

In the Control Panel:

uninstall McAfee WebAdvisor
  1. Double-click on the ‘Programs and Features’ tab or the ‘Add/Remove Programs‘ tab
  2. Select the ‘McAfee SiteAdvisor’ or ‘McAfee WebAdvisor’ from the programs list.
  3. Click on the Uninstall/Change’ or ‘Remove’ button.
  4. Finally, restart your computer.

Uninstalling McAfee WebAdvisor from Mac

Do note: The standalone edition of McAfee WebAdvisor compatible for Mac does not exist any longer. Mac compatible WebAdvisor is now an utterly in-built feature of ‘McAfee LiveSafe’, so uninstalling it would require removing the LiveSafe as well. However, in its place, you can do the following instead:

  1. Firstly, open LiveSafe for Mac.
  2. Next, click on ‘Identity’.
  3. Click on the ‘McAfee WebAdvisor’ present on the left pane.
  4. Now, click on the ‘lock’ to make the necessary changes. Enter your password as soon as prompted.
  5. Click on the toggle switch present on the top right corner to disable WebAdvisor.
  6. Lastly, click on ‘lock’ to permanently save all changes done.

Uninstalling McAfee WebAdvisor from Android

SiteAdvisor is not available as a standalone product for Android anymore; it is now a component of the McAfee Mobile Security (MMS) system.

For uninstalling SiteAdvisor from Android, you will have to uninstall MMS first. For further instructions, visit the link: TS101407. (SiteAdvisor does not work on iOS)

How to uninstall McAfee WebAdvisor or SiteAdvisor that is a part of your security product

After following the steps given below, ensure that you install your product as soon as you can always to remain protected.

Uninstalling from Windows

  1. Close all actively running web browsers.
  2. Click on ‘Start’ on the bottom left of your Windows desktop.

In the search box:

  1. Type incontrol panel’ and press ‘Enter’.
  2. In the Control Panel:
    1. Double-click on ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Programs and Features’.
    1. Choose McAfee WebAdvisor or McAfee SiteAdvisor from the list that follows.
    1. Click on Uninstall/Change’ or ‘Remove’.
    1. As the prompt appears, tick only the checkbox present next to the McAfee WebAdvisor or SiteAdvisor
  3. Click on ‘Uninstall’ or ‘Remove’.
  4. Restart your device.

Uninstalling from Mac

SiteAdvisor is an integral component of Mac’s Internet Security. To remove SiteAdvisor, you would have to uninstall ‘Internet Security for Mac’ as well. For further instructions, visit TS101226.

Uninstalling from Android

SiteAdvisor is an ingrained component of the McAfee Mobile Security product. For uninstalling SiteAdvisor from Android, you would first have to uninstall the whole software. For further instructions on going about doing this, visit the link: TS101407.

NOTE: SiteAdvisor is unavailable for iOS.

Uninstalling the McAfee Windows security product

McAfee Windows security products McAfee SiteAdvisor and WebAdvisor are now a single component of the Windows security product. As a means of security, and as part of McAfee’s continuous efforts towards protecting your data, even if you remove the security product, WebAdvisor (or SiteAdvisor Windows XP or Vista enabled PCs), will remain installed.

  • To uninstall WebAdvisor or SiteAdvisor, follow the steps mentioned above.
  • For removing other McAfee products from a computer running Windows, visit the link: TS101331.

How to reinstall your McAfee products

If you have uninstalled your McAfee security products, your device remains unguarded.

For downloading and installing your McAfee product(s) again after having removed them earlier, visit the link: TS100342.

Remember: Windows Vista or XP are not available on Microsoft anymore. Hence, which could put your device at risk from emerging threats. McAfee highly recommends that you upgrade your PC’s operating system to a newer version as soon as possible.

McAfee Support for McAfee products running XP or Vista is limited:

Windows XP

  • McAfee provides only “best-effort” support for Windows XP compatible McAfee products.
  • The current McAfee Windows security products are not Windows XP compatible. Version 12.8 is the most recently launched McAfee Windows security products to support Windows XP.
  • For details about Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP, see Microsoft’s advisory.

Windows Vista

  • As with Windows XP, McAfee provides only “best-effort” support for McAfee products installed on Windows Vista.
  • For details about Microsoft’s support for Windows Vista, see Microsoft’s Product Lifecycle page.

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Last Updated on February 1, 2022