How to Disable Antivirus on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you facing issues with your antivirus software on your Mac? Sometimes, it becomes necessary to disable the antivirus temporarily to troubleshoot certain problems or run specific applications.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to disable antivirus on Mac. Follow the steps below carefully:

Step 1: Launching the Antivirus Software

First, open the antivirus software installed on your Mac. This can usually be found in the Applications folder or in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Step 2: Accessing Preferences or Settings

Once you have opened the antivirus software, look for an option labeled “Preferences” or “Settings”. Click on this option to access the settings panel.

Step 3: Disabling Real-Time Protection

In the settings panel, navigate to the section related to real-time protection. This feature continuously scans files and programs in real-time and may interfere with certain applications. To disable it, simply uncheck the box next to “Enable Real-Time Protection” or a similar option.


Disabling real-time protection leaves your Mac vulnerable to threats. Make sure to re-enable it as soon as you are done troubleshooting or using specific applications.

Step 4: Disabling Scheduled Scans

In some cases, scheduled scans can also cause interference with certain tasks on your Mac. To disable scheduled scans, navigate to the appropriate section in the settings panel and turn off any active schedules by unchecking boxes or toggling switches.


Scheduled scans help ensure that your Mac is regularly checked for malware and other threats. It is recommended to enable them again once you have completed troubleshooting or running specific applications.

Step 5: Exiting the Antivirus Software

After disabling real-time protection and scheduled scans, you can exit the antivirus software by clicking on the “Quit” or “Exit” option in the menu bar.

Step 6: Verifying Antivirus Status

To confirm that the antivirus software is indeed disabled, you can check for its icon in the menu bar. If it is no longer visible, it indicates that the antivirus is not actively running on your Mac.


If you want to re-enable the antivirus software, simply open it again and reverse the steps mentioned above. Enable real-time protection and scheduled scans to ensure ongoing protection for your Mac.

  • Important:
    • Remember to only disable antivirus temporarily for troubleshooting purposes or when necessary.
    • Always keep your antivirus software up to date to protect your Mac from potential threats.
    • If you encounter persistent issues, consider contacting the antivirus software’s support team for assistance.

You have now successfully disabled your antivirus on Mac. Remember to re-enable it once you are done with troubleshooting or running specific applications. Stay safe and enjoy using your Mac!

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