Take Correct Steps to Uninstall McAfee for Mac

Have no idea how to fully uninstall McAfee from your Mac? Try the regular method to delete the app but the icon remains on the Menu Bar? Failed to re-install McAfee due to previous incomplete uninstall? If you are stuck in these uninstall troubles, read through this tutorial to see if the solutions help solve your issues.


Normally before executing the uninstall, we are supposed firstly to shut down the target app that is currently running. So if McAfee is open and shows itself in the right side of the Menu Bar, click the McAfee for Mac and choose Quit McAfee for Mac.

If the app icon stays (which means it does not quit yet), you can launch Activity Monitor (located in /Applications/Utilities folder) to kill its process(es). To be more specific, type McAfee in the search box, select the process that contains the keyword, click the Quit (X) icon on the upper left corner, and click Quit in the pop-up dialog.

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The standard uninstall method for macOS is to delete the app in the /Applications folder and then delete it again in the Trash. To be specific, open up Finder > Applications folder, locate McAfee icon, right click on it and choose Move to Trash. Then click the Trash icon in Dock, locate McAfee there, and delete it permanently.

If you cannot delete McAfee by this way, there is the advanced option you can try.

To begin with, make sure you are logged on as an administrator or with root account permissions. Then open Terminal app (located in /Applications/Utilities folder), type the command (based on your McAfee version) in Terminal window and hit Enter key:

For MA 4.8: sudo /Library/McAfee/cma/uninstall.sh
For MA 5.x: sudo /Library/McAfee/cma/scripts/uninstall.sh
For Mcafee Endpoint Protection: sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall EPM
For McAfee Endpoint Security: sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall EPM


You will be prompted to enter the admin or root account password, so proceed to type it and hit Enter key to execute the uninstall command. During the process you will see the messages “stopping McAfee agent” and “McAfee agent stopped” display. When the uninstallation is finished, close Terminal and reboot your Mac.

Is the removal completed yet? What should you do after performing a standard uninstall? Well, don’t forget those McAfee leftovers which may result in incomplete removal. To fix the issue, you will need to manually detect possible app remnants.

Mac novices may have no clue how to hunt down McAfee-associated items in hidden system directories. That’s why we list the detailed steps to help figure out this trick:

  • In a Finder window, click File > Go to folder, type ~Library in the box and hit Enter.
  • Click the Search icon in upper right corner of the Finder window, type McAfee in the search box, and click Library below to display the matched items in ~Library folder.
  • Select the items whose names contain McAfee, and delete them to the Trash.
  • Repeat the process to detect and delete McAfee components in Library folder.

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After removing all McAfee files and folder you can find by this trick, you can empty the Trash (or separately delete them in Trash) to get rid of them once and for all.

For now you have learned the tricks to force quit an app, delete unwanted app via Finder or Terminal, and detect app remnants around the whole system. Have you successfully uninstalled McAfee from your Mac yet? Or if you feel reluctant to perform so many steps, you can also utilize a comprehensive uninstall tool, like Osx Uninstaller, to quickly uninstall McAfee for Mac within a few simple clicks.

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