Firs of all, I would like to explain why I decide to write this post. Yesterday I downloaded McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac to test if this security solution could work well on my Mac. And later I would like to switch to another brand of antivirus software, but this time the issue occurs: I cannot install other antivirus due to the current installed McAfee Endpoint Protection. Obviously the removal of McAfee Endpoint Protection is not complete, or at least the app components still remain on my Mac. I searched on the Internet and found there are some users who have the same problem in uninstalling McAfee Endpoint Protection.
Luckily I found a proper way to uninstall McAfee Endpoint Protection from my Mac, and I will share my experience here to help anyone who have the same trouble.
The regular steps to uninstall an app on Mac are: (1) quit the app as well as its background process via Activity Monitor; (2) launch Finder and head to Applications folder; (3) locate McAfee Endpoint Protection there, right click on its icon and choose Move to Trash; (4) choose Finder > Empty Trash. Normally the target app along with its components will be cleanly removed from Mac OS X / macOS.
The question is: McAfee Endpoint Protection seems not to obey this rule. The app itself has disappear in /Applications folder, yet after I searched for the related items in the Library folder, I did find the files and folder that contain the name of McAfee.
So if you have performed the uninstallation by the aforementioned steps, you can continue to detect and deelte its leftover manually in Library and ~Library folders.
To do so, follow the steps below to remove all McAfee traces on your Mac:
(5) In Finder, head to the GO menu and choose Go to Folder in the drop-down menu.
(6) Type McAfee or EPM in the search box, and click the “Library” icon below.
(7) Select the items with the name of McAfee, and move them to the Trash.
(8) Repeat the steps to detect and delete (if any) component in the ~Library folder.
(9) Finally, empty the Trash to permanently get rid of McAfee-related items.
If you have difficulty in locating each components of McAfee Endpoint Protection, ask an experienced friend for help, or more directly, run an reputable uninstaller (like Osx Uninstaller which I currently use now) to handle the removal task effortlessly.
Additionally, I noticed that the command trick also works effectively in this case. As long as you have installed McAfee Endpoint Protection properly, you can utilize the Terminal to carry out the uninstallation. Here are the specific steps you can follow:
> Launch Terminal through the /Applications/Utilities folder in Finder.
> In the Terminal window, copy and past the command below, and hit Enter key:
sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall EPM
> When prompted, type in your admin password and hit Enter key again.
> When you see the message saying that product has been uninstalled successfully, the uninstall has finished. Then you can exit out of Terminal and reboot you Mac.
The command I provided above is to uninstall McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac. The separate commands to uninstall McAfee individual module are listed below.
McAfee ePO Agent : sudo /library/mcafee/cma/uninstall.sh
Threat Prevention module: sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall ThreatPrevention
Firewall module: sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall Firewall
Web Control module: sudo /usr/local/McAfee/uninstall WebControl
Is this post helpful for you to uninstall McAfee Endpoint Protection? If so, let me know in comments. If not, raise your problem here so I may be able to help