How-To: Uninstall McAfee on a Mac

There are two ways of uninstalling McAfee on your Mac. There may be a set of uninstall programs already installed. If not, one can download an uninstaller and run it.

Assuming you know how to use the Terminal Utility and have /usr/local/Mcafee/uninstallMSC available do the following:

  1. Login using an adminstrator account.
  2. Open the Terminal application (if it's not in the tray, it's in Utilities).
  3. CD to the McAfee installation directory... ("cd /usr/local/McAfee")
  4. Enter "./uninstallMSC"

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  5. The uninstall script will ask you for an admin password; use the one from the login.
  6. Wait until you get an "uninstalled Successfully" message on the terminal.

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  7. In addition, the McAfee agent (cma) needs to be uninstalled. CD to the McAfee/cma Library directory ("cd /Library/McAfee/cma").
  8. Enter "sudo ./uninstall.sh" and provide the admin password as before.

Otherwise, assuming you need to download an uninstall utility, do the following:

  1. Download the uninstall utility VirusScan Uninstall Command from "/its/services/software/howto/Mac/ftp/."
  2. In Downloads, double-click on VirusScan Uninstall.command.

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  1. Click Open to start the utility.

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  1. Type in your admin password.

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  1. Wait until "VirusScan has been successfully uninstalled" and restart your system.

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  1. In addition, the McAfee agent (cma) may need to be uninstalled.  In a Terminal window (if it's not in the tray, it's in Utilities). If you type in "ps -ef | grep McAfee" and get a line of output (other than the grep line), CD to the McAfee/cma Library directory ("cd /Library/McAfee/cma").

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  1. Enter "sudo ./uninstall.sh" and provide the admin password as before.

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