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Antivirus software: macOS Big Sur (11) and Catalina (10.5)

The following instructions are for macOS Big Sur (11) and macOS Catalina (10.5).

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

Summary

  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.

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.

5

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

fmpd
6

Ensure fmpd is highlighted and click Open.

7

Repeat steps 3-6 with the following paths:

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

 

8

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

Enable Threat Protection

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

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


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

 

Hotfixes

We recommend installing the latest hotfix:

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