How to uninstall McAfee on MacBook Air

How to uninstall McAfee on MacBook Air

We receive many emails from users who want to know how they can uninstall McAfee to ensure that there is no evidence left on their Mac from this program. It’s not as simple as it appears due to the help files developed to ensure completely uninstalling. But don’t fret. There are always solutions for you. In this post, we’ll give you complete instructions on removing McAfee altogether for Mac.

What exactly is McAfee, and what is the reason to get rid of it?

McAfee is a no-cost antivirus scanner that can detect malware, repair damaged files, and stop viruses from attacking your system. McAfee offers a 30-day trial for free. If you would like to use another antivirus program, it is recommended to remove McAfee to avoid conflict when installing an alternative antivirus program. In this article, we’ll explain how to remove McAfee entirely from the system on Mac completely and securely.

Please note that before going through the removal of antivirus, It is essential to keep in mind that you should not attempt to remove McAfee by dropping it in the Trash by itself. This advice applies to any other program on Mac as the application’s service files remain on the Mac and occupy important space on your hard drive. Additionally, applications like McAfee could run processes within the background. It’s, therefore, crucial to be attentive to each step in our guide on how to uninstall McAfee for your Mac.

The quickest way to remove McAfee

The most efficient method to eliminate McAfee from Mac is to use App Cleaner and Uninstaller. It’s software that completely uninstalls programs on Mac together with their support files. It generally takes only one or two clicks to uninstall programs using App Cleaner and Uninstaller completely. However, McAfee creates some support files on your Mac that will prevent you from completely uninstalling at a later date. Therefore, you’ll have to take additional steps before attempting to remove McAfee using App Cleaner and Uninstaller.

The steps to remove McAfee for your Mac:

Quit McAfee. Click its icon within the Menu Bar and go to the Preferences General tab.

In the window for preferences, select the Lock icon to make adjustments.

Turn off the Firewall.

  1. Stop all processes associated with McAfee. To do this, start the Activity Monitor and verify whether any McAfee processes are running behind the scenes. If yes, stop them.
  2. Start your Mac. This will prevent the application’s functions from running in the background.
  3. After restarting your Mac then, launch App Cleaner and uninstaller.
  4. Select McAfee from the list of programs and then click the Remove button.
  5. Confirm the action.
  6. Clear the trash bin.
  7. Start your Mac.

How do you uninstall McAfee using the Terminal?

On the official site of McAfee, developers claim that it is possible to uninstall their application using a specific command inside Terminal. Some users have complained that after uninstalling using Terminal, it still displays specific alerts in their Macs. So, you’ll have to locate and delete any remaining McAfee-related files using App Cleaner and Uninstaller.

The steps to remove McAfee from your Mac:

Open Terminal. This is the default Mac application that can be found within the Launchpad.

If you’ve registered to Mac using your user account, you must log in again as Admin. Log out or enter the terminal command:

Enter the window with any of these commands according to the version of the antivirus you are using.

Hit Enter to start typing.

After the removal process has been completed, restart your Mac.

Launch App Cleaner and Uninstaller.

Click on and click on the Remaining Files tab.

Choose McAfee leftovers and take them out.

How do you remove McAfee Extension (Web Control)

Additionally, by default, McAfee installs a Safari extension, known as Web Control. It is possible to remove it from Safari Preferences.

Visit your Safari Preferences.

Go to the Extensions tab.

Choose Web Control and click the Uninstall button.

As we’ve already said, App Cleaner & Uninstaller lets you disable/enable and remove extensions too. To get rid of McAfee extensions using App Cleaner and Uninstaller, switch to the Extensions section on the sidebar. Please go into the Web browser extensions section, and choose and delete the McAfee extension for Safari if you already have it.

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