How to locally uninstall and reinstall McAfee Agent on a Mac

One of the more pernicious apps is McAfee, a virus scanning tool many use because it’s free to download. McAfee is also preloaded on many PCs, providing users with a sense their computers are protected. When people try to remove McAfee, they quickly see it’s not as easy as it seems.

McAfee Antivirus software proactively monitors your computer for malware and privacy issues, alerting you to any it has found. For many users, this is part of the problem. Though McAfee can be downloaded free, it only monitors your computer. Removing viruses or malware carries a monthly or annual fee. Its alerts are part notification it may (or may not) have found malware on your device, and part prompting you to sign up for its subscription service.

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How to uninstall McAfee on your Mac for good

You should also proactively back your Mac up with Get Backup Pro. The app lets you manage your Mac’s backup schedule, as well as what’s backed up – and where it’s saved. You can back everything up on a schedule of your choosing or opt to back up particular files and folders at your discretion. It’s the perfect app for backing up valuable data on your mac without creating a full, bootable backup of your Mac’s entire system.

CleanMyMac X can also remove associated files and folders McAfee hides on your Mac. Often, these files are ‘calling’ McAfee server in the background, and removing the app doesn’t always get rid of the associated files. The “Leftovers” section in CleanMyMac X’s “Uninstaller” finds those files and helps you remove them forever.

Along with those four amazing apps, you’ll have immediate access to the full suite of over 200 apps available via Setapp. Each app is native to the Mac, and downloads directly to your computer via Setapp. During your trial, you can test and trial all of the apps in the Setapp catalog for free.

One of the lesser known details about McAfee is that when you install the app, it also loads a Safari extension in the background. Even if you remove the app, it may not get rid of the Safari extension! This is another reason to use CleanMyMac X; its “Extensions” module will let you trash the McAfee Safari extension forever, too!

McAfee Antivirus software proactively monitors your computer for malware and privacy issues, alerting you to any it has found. For many users, this is part of the problem. Though McAfee can be downloaded free, it only monitors your computer. Removing viruses or malware carries a monthly or annual fee. Its alerts are part notification it may (or may not) have found malware on your device, and part prompting you to sign up for its subscription service.

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