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Antivirus software: Mac OS X

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Download Download and install McAfee antivirus software for Mac.

Note that there are additional steps you'll need to follow for macOS High Sierra and Mojave.


Additional steps for High Sierra

Due to the increased security in High Sierra, there are some additional steps.


After installation, restart your Mac.


Open McAfee threat Prevention via Launchpad or your 'Applications' folder.

New icon


Select 'Preferences' from the application's menu.

New menu


In the pop-up window, choose the 'General' tab and click on the padlock.



When prompted, login as an administrator to make changes.

New auth


Set 'Threat prevention' to 'On'.



When prompted to approve the System Extension signed by McAfee, click 'OK'.


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



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

Additional steps for Mojave

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


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



Click the Padlock and authenticate as an admin user.

New Sys Prefs Auth

Select the Full Disk Access category and click +.


In the navigation dialogue box press Command + Shift + G to bring up the Go To Folder option.


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

New path

Choose fmpd from the list and click Open.




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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

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