How to uninstall factory-installed McAfee Mobile Security?

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    My Acer Iconia tablet came with McAfee Mobile Security preinstalled. But I think it's slowing the tablet down, and I want to uninstall it - isn't antivirus software on Android overrated, anyway? I can't uninstall it, though; all I can do is force stop, so it will restart every time I reboot the tablet, and there might be some background processes still running. Is there any way to uninstall this app, or am I stuck with it until I finally give in and root the thing?
     
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    If there's no uninstall option, then I could be a system app. And, yes, you'll need to root to remove it or freeze it

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    I saw on another forum that you can "disable" factory installed apps on tablets, but I don't see any way to do so - all I see is "force stop" and "uninstall updates". Is this feature only available on some tablets?
     
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    Actually, I think I found a workaround! I hit "uninstall updates", and just to see what would happen, I opened the app again. It presented me with a EULA, so this time I hit "decline". If it starts nagging me again, maybe I can sue McAfee? :D I mean, I already told them I'm not interested... and suppose I wanted to install some competing antivirus software? They could be preventing me from doing so! Antitrust much?
     
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    And now I find the disable option! :D Apparently it only becomes visible once you click "uninstall updates"...
     
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    Glad you figured it out & thanks for posting your fix
     
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