How to Uninstall McAfee Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling McAfee from your Mac can be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with the process. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you on how to completely remove McAfee from your Mac device. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Quit McAfee

Before starting the uninstallation process, it’s important to ensure that all McAfee applications are closed. To do this, go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and click on Force Quit. In the Force Quit Applications window, select any running McAfee processes and click on Force Quit.

Step 2: Uninstall using the McAfee Removal Tool

To ensure a complete removal of the McAfee software from your Mac, we recommend using the official McAfee Removal Tool. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the McAfee website: Go to the official McAfee website and navigate to their support page.
  2. Download the Removal Tool: Look for the download link for the “McAfee Consumer Product Removal” tool and click on it.
  3. Open the Removal Tool: Once downloaded, locate and open the removal tool file.
  4. Authenticate: You may be prompted to provide your administrator password to authorize changes.
  5. Select Uninstall: In the removal tool interface, click on the “Uninstall” option.
  6. Wait for Completion: The tool will now start removing all traces of McAfee from your Mac. This may take some time depending on your system’s performance.
  7. Restart your Mac: Once the removal process is complete, restart your Mac to finalize the uninstallation.

Step 3: Manual Cleanup

Although the McAfee Removal Tool should have removed most of the software, it’s always a good idea to perform some manual clean up to ensure a thorough uninstallation. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in your Dock or press Command + Spacebar and search for “Finder”.
  2. Navigate to Applications: In the Finder window, click on “Applications” in the left sidebar.
  3. Delete McAfee-related files: Look for any remaining McAfee files or folders and drag them to Trash. Some common locations include:
    • /Applications/McAfee
    • /Library/Application Support/McAfee
    • /Library/LaunchAgents/com.mcafee.


  4. Empty Trash: Right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and select “Empty Trash”. Confirm when prompted.

Step 4: Restart Your Mac

To complete the uninstallation process, restart your Mac one more time. This will ensure that all remnants of McAfee have been successfully removed from your system.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled McAfee from your Mac using both the official removal tool and manual cleanup.

Remember, it’s crucial to remove all traces of an antivirus software when switching or uninstalling it from your device. If you encounter any issues during the process or have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to McAfee’s support team for further assistance.

Happy computing!

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