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How to Uninstall McAfee on Mac

McAfee is one of the most well-known software for antivirus protection. While it serves its purpose, popularity doesn't always equate to the best fit, especially for Mac users. While McAfee provides sturdy protection, some people may find the software too expensive or their Mac is running slow because of the app's heavy system usage.


If you’ve decided that McAfee isn’t for you, you’ll need to learn how to completely uninstall the application from your Mac, and today, we’ll walk you through how to do it.

Before we begin:


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What is McAfee

McAfee is one of the biggest names in antivirus software on the market. As highlighted in our McAfee Antivirus review, their core security features include an antivirus scanner designed to protect computers from malware, ransomware, and other cyberattacks, VPN, and password management.

How to remove McAfee from Mac

Most users follow the drag-and-drop-to-trash logic of deleting apps from their Mac. While this normally works for uninstalling most apps on your computer, this only removes the McAfee icon, with the software and its associated files left behind.


Here’s how to uninstall McAfee on macOS more effectively:

  1. Delete McAfee with its uninstaller
  2. Manually remove McAfee from Mac
  3. Delete McAfee via Terminal
  4. Completely remove McAfee using a third-party uninstaller

1. Delete McAfee with its uninstaller

McAfee comes with a built-in uninstaller for removal from your Mac, this can be found in your Applications folder. The uninstallation process is pretty straightforward, simply run the software and follow the prompts, and you’ll be able to remove the app.


To uninstall McAfee from your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Finder > Applications and look for McAfee uninstaller.
  2. Open the app and, if prompted, enter your Mac admin password.
  3. Click Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
  4. Click on the Finish button when done.
To effectively uninstall McAfee from your Mac, begin by opening Finder and going to the Applications folder and find the McAfee uninstaller tool.
Step 1. Open Finder, go to Applications, and look for the McAfee uninstaller
Double-click on the uninstaller to launch it. If prompted, enter your Mac administrator password, then click the blue Continue button.
Step 2. Open the app and click Continue
Follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the uninstaller, which may include confirming the uninstallation process.
Step 3. Type in your Mac administrator password and follow all on-screen prompts
Once the uninstallation is complete, click on the Finish button to finalize the removal of McAfee from your Mac.
Step 4. Wait for the uninstallation process to complete and click Finish

2. Manually remove McAfee from Mac

If you’ve used the McAfee uninstaller and noticed that some files weren’t removed, you’ll need to delete the software and its folders manually. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Applications folder.
  2. Look for any McAfee applications, and drag-and-drop them into your Trash manually.
  3. Next, click on Go on the Finder menu bar and select Go to Finder.
  4. Type in the following commands one by one:
    • /usr/local/
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons/
    • /Library/Application Support/
    • /Library/LaunchAgents/
  5. Look for any files with McAfee in the name. Drag and drop these into your Trash.
  6. Empty Trash.
This is how to manually remove McAfee from your Mac. Open your Applications folder and look for any McAfee programs. Drag these McAfee programs to the Trash to delete them. Then, Go to Finder, then select Go to Folder.
Step 1. In your Finder menu bar, click on Go > Go to Folder
Type in these folder locations one by one: /usr/local/, /Library/LaunchDaemons/, /Library/Application Support/, and /Library/LaunchAgents/. Search for files with
Step 2. Search through your sub-folders for leftover McAfee files
Finally, empty your Trash to get rid of all McAfee leftovers completely.
Step 3. Drag all files to your Trash and empty it

3. Delete McAfee via Terminal

You can also use Terminal to remove McAfee from your Mac. Terminal gives you extensive control over your computer, which, unfortunately, is what you need to uninstall McAfee.


Here’s how to uninstall McAfee using Terminal on Mac:

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Based on which version of McAfee you’re using, type in the following commands:
    • For McAfee v5 or newer: sudo/Library/McAfee/cma/scripts/
    • For McAfee v4.8 or older: sudo/Library/McAfee/sma/scripts/
  3. Press Enter on your keyboard and follow the on-screen instructions until the process is complete.
  4. Restart your Mac.
To uninstall McAfee using Terminal on your Mac, begin by opening Terminal.
Step 1. Launch Terminal by going to Utilities or via Spotlight search
Then, depending on the version of McAfee you have, type the appropriate command:
Step 2. For users with McAfee v5 and newer, use the command: sudo/Library/McAfee/cma/scripts/ and click Enter
Step 2. For users with McAfee v4 and older, use the command: sudo/Library/McAfee/cma/ and click Enter.

4. Completely uninstall McAfee using a third-party uninstaller

As you can see, to delete McAfee from Mac isn’t necessarily difficult, but it’s tedious. What's more, there are still residual files left behind that require manual removal. The best, quickest, and most thorough way to remove McAfee from your Mac is by using a trusted third-party uninstaller, like MacKeeper.


To totally get rid of McAfee on Mac, follow the steps below:

  1. Open MacKeeper and select Smart Uninstaller.
  2. Click Start Scan to begin the uninstallation process.
  3. Once the scan is complete, select Applications from the left panel to review the list of apps on your Mac.
  4. Select all the apps you want to remove, then click Remove Selected.
  5. Confirm the removal by clicking Remove.
To completely uninstall McAfee using a third-party uninstaller like MacKeeper, first: Open MacKeeper and go to Smart Uninstaller.
Step 1. Open and launch MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller
Once in Smart Uninstaller, start the uninstallation process by clicking on the Start Scan button. After the scan is complete, review the list of installed applications on your Mac by selecting the Applications section from the left panel. Tick all McAfee-related applications you wish to uninstall from the list.
Step 2. Select all unwanted applications
Proceed to remove the selected McAfee applications by clicking on the Remove Selected button. Confirm the removal of the selected McAfee applications by clicking on the Remove button.
Step 3. Click Remove to confirm the uninstallation of selected apps

How to uninstall McAfee extensions on Mac

If you also have the McAfee WebAdvisor extension and want to remove it from your browser, do the following:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Settings > More Tools > Extensions.
  3. Look for the McAfee extension and click Remove.
If you're looking to remove the McAfee WebAdvisor extension in your browser, first, open Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of the window. Then select Settings.
Step 1. Go to your Chrome Settings
From the expanded menu, choose More Tools then Extensions. Scan through the list of installed Chrome extensions until you spot McAfee.
Step 2. Select More Tools > Extensions
Once you've found it, simply click on the Remove button to delete it from your browser.
Step 3. Disable the McAfee web extension

Successfully remove McAfree from your Mac

Unfortunately, to uninstall McAfee on Mac isn't as simple as dragging and dropping it into the Trash. Some of McAfee’s files were created to stop a complete uninstallation. Thus, to fully remove McAfee from Mac, you must delete all the software’s components and avoid leaving any traces behind.


Unless you want to go through the entire manual process, the safest and most effective way to remove McAfee is to use a trusted third-party Mac uninstaller like MacKeeper.


1. How to uninstall McAfee on Mac without an uninstaller?

You can uninstall McAfee from Mac manually by deleting all files associated with the app via your Applications folder or by using Terminal commands.

2. How to uninstall McAfee Total Protection on Mac?

To uninstall McAfee Total Protect from your Mac, open the app and go to Preferences > Account > Uninstall. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

3. How to get rid of McAfee notifications on Mac?

You can get rid of McAfee notifications by disabling them via the program's Notifications settings. To permanently stop them, you’ll need to uninstall McAfee fully.

4. Why you can't remove McAfee from Mac?

Removing McAfee from your Mac can be challenging because its files are designed to stop complete uninstallation. Trusted third-party tools like MacKeeper offer a more effective solution for a thorough removal of McAfee.

5. How do I make sure McAfee is uninstalled from my Mac?

Use MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller to make sure all leftover McAfee files have been removed from your Mac.

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