skip to content

IT Help and Support

University Information Services

The following instructions are for macOS Ventura (13).

Please refer to our separate instructions if your Mac is running Monterey, Big Sur, CatalinaMojave or High Sierra.


  1. Install McAfee
  2. Grant Full Disk Access to McAfee components
  3. Enable McAfee now that security access has been granted

Download and install

Download Download and install McAfee anti-malware software for Mac.


Enable full disk access

macOS has additional protections for applications accessing user data. McAfee Endpoint Protection requires Full Disk Access privileges to function correctly.


Open System Settings, Security & Privacy and choose Full Disk Access.



Select + to add an item to the list.


Press Command + Shift + G to bring up the 'Go to the folder' window.


Type in /usr/local/McAfee/fmp/bin64/fmpd and press Enter.


Choose fmpd is highlighted and select Open.


Toggle the slider next to the item you've added to enable access.



Repeat steps 2–6 with the following paths:

1.  /Applications/McAfee Endpoint Security for
2.  /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VShieldScanner
3.  /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/



When you have completed these steps, the Full Disk Access menu should look like this (other applications may also be listed). You can close System Settings.

Enable threat protection

Now all of the pre-requisites have been met, you can enable McAfee. 


Open McAfee Endpoint Security from the Applications menu.


Choose Preferences from the McAfee Endpoint Security menu.



Select the padlock to enable changes and enter the login password you use when logging into your Mac.


Set Threat Prevention to On.

mcafee enabled

Uninstall the software

If you wish to uninstall McAfee software because you're experiencing problems or want to perform a fresh reinstallation, download and run this package. 

Download McAfee uninstaller



We recommend installing the latest hotfix:

Download There are currently no hotfixes

UIS Service Desk

Phone padded  Service status line: (01223 7)67999
Website  Sign up for SMS/email status alerts
Website  Read major IT incident reports

UIS bITe-size bulletin

A regular newsletter aimed at the University's IT community, highlighting service and project news from UIS.

Sign up >

Latest news

DS-Print: Resolved - difficulties purchasing Common Balance credit

22 November 2022

The problem affecting users topping up their Common Balance for DS-Print using eCredit has been fixed by our external payment provider. Affected users should now be able to add credit to their account and no longer receive an error message after submitting their credit/debit card details.

Exchange Online first contact safety tip enabled

18 November 2022

We enabled a feature in Exchange Online on 11 November to help prevent phishing attacks. A ‘first contact’ safety tip is displayed when you receive an email from someone you don’t usually receive messages from. The tip displays the sender's full email address for a visual verification and a ‘Learn why’ link to a ‘protect...

UIS support data networking and managed services for institute’s sustainable retrofit 

16 November 2022

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has moved from their old offices that were spread around the city into the recently refurbished Entopia Building. The move puts all the Cambridge-based CISL staff and partners under one roof for the first time in the institute’s history. The Entopia Building is also...