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Antivirus software: macOS Catalina (10.15) and Mojave (10.14)

The following instructions are for the latest versions of macOS: Catalina (10.15) or macOS Mojave (10.14).

Please refer to our separate instructions if your Mac is running High Sierra.

Summary

  1. Install McAfee
  2. Enable Threat Protection to trigger security prompts
  3. Enable McAfee System Extension
  4. Grant Full Disk Access to McAfee components
  5. Finally enable McAfee now that security access has been granted

Download and install

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

 

Uninstaller

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

 

Enable Threat Protection

McAfee Threat Prevention needs to be enabled to trigger security prompts. 

1

Open McAfee Endpoint Security from the Applications menu.

2

Choose Preferences from the McAfee Endpoint Security menu.



3

Click the padlock to enable changes.

4

Set Threat Prevention to On.

mcafee enabled

Enable System Extension

The McAfee System Extension must be enabled to allow the software to monitor disk activity.

1

Open System Preferences via the Launchpad or your Applications folder, and choose Security & Privacy.

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2

On macOS Catalina click the Padlock and enter your Mac username and password.

3

Click Allow if you see the message "System software from developer McAfee, Inc was blocked from loading".


Enable full disk access

macOS Catalina has additional protections for applications accessing user data. McAfee Endpoint Protection requires full disk access privileges to function smoothly.

1

Open System Preferences, Security & Privacy and choose the Privacy tab.

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2

Click the Padlock and enter your Mac username and password.


3

Select the Full Disk Access category and click +.

4

In the navigation dialogue box press Command + Shift + G to bring up the 'Go to the folder' window.

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

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Ensure fmpd is highlighted and click Open.

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Select the Full Disk Access category and click +.

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In the navigation dialogue box, press Command + Shift + G to bring up the 'Go to the folder' window.

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Type /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VShieldScanner in the Go to the folder: window and click Go.

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Ensure VShieldScanner is highlighted and click Open.

 

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If required tick the box alongside all added items and close System Preferences.

Re-enable threat protection

Now all of the pre-requisites have been met McAfee can be enabled. 

1

Open McAfee Endpoint Security from the Applications menu.

2

Choose Preferences from the McAfee Endpoint Security menu.



3

Click the padlock to enable changes.

4

Set Threat Prevention to On.

mcafee enabled


 

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