Cannot Remove McAfee – ‘McAfee Agent cannot be removed while it is in managed mode’

KB ID 0000960 Dtd 26/06/14


If you have the McAfee Agent installed, (particularly if it was deployed via ePO), when you try and remove it you will see this error;

McAfee Agent cannot be removed

Now normally you would just setup a new deployment task in ePO and set it to remove the agent(s), or replace the agent with a newer one. But what if ePO has been removed? Or the client will never be on the ePO network again?


Open a command window, (run as administrator) execute the following command;

c:program files (x86)mcafeecommon frameworkfrminst.exe" /remove=agent


c:program files (x86)mcafeecommon frameworkfrminst.exe" /forceuninstall

Remove McAfee Agent

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