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Disable McAffee Endpoint Protection OSX

method 1

sudo /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VSControl stopoas

alternatively

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.mcafee.ssm.antimalware.plist OAS_Enable -bool False
sudo /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VSControl stop
sudo /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VSControl reload

Or completely uninstall:

sudo -s
cd /usr/local/McAfee/
./uninstall EPM
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mathiasrw commented Aug 4, 2016

THANK YOU !!!

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nowells commented Dec 15, 2016

This is fantastic. Really helps to run this before I run benchmarks.

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clattems commented Jan 26, 2017

Thank you so much for this! :) You're my hero lol

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Tv8 commented Mar 3, 2017

That was a great help. Thank you 👍

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Murali54 commented Jun 7, 2017

Thank you!

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at88mph commented Jul 14, 2017

This is great, thanks. The stop works, but can you think of a reason the ./uninstall EPM script would hang? This is McAfee 2.2.

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NickWarrior commented Jul 28, 2017

Good Job!

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5ay3h commented Jul 30, 2017

@tegansnyder, fix for "completely uninstall": sudo /Library/McAfee/cma/scripts/uninstall.sh (source)

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joshoohaah commented Jan 18, 2018

This came up again in my google search..and it indeed worked on macOS 10.12.16. Many thanks

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simplymarcello commented Feb 17, 2018

Just what I needed! Thanks

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hari-haran commented Mar 14, 2018

Thank you!

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smarkars commented Aug 23, 2018

Perfect! Thanks!

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mrvincenzo commented Dec 23, 2018

Few more tricks. I had to run each of them twice.

To disable Firewall

sudo /usr/local/McAfee/StatefulFirewall/bin/StatefullFirewallControl stop

To disable WebProtection

sudo /usr/local/McAfee/WebProtection/bin/WPControl stop
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devofer commented Dec 27, 2018

Thank you!!

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benmingli commented Jan 7, 2019

Love it... although

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miguel-orange commented Feb 8, 2019

Thank you so much!

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Yorkshireman commented May 3, 2019

Thank the lord - this was driving me insane. My system is Sierra 10.12.6

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bkbiggs commented May 14, 2019

Thank you all!

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trinitronx commented Jun 27, 2019

McAfee on our team's company managed Macbook laptops suddenly start using > 100% RAM on our machines, causing swapping, applications to freeze and eventually complete machine lockup. It's been a huge productivity killer.

Ran everything except the last uninstall command, lest this is not allowed, but the McAfee processes keep respawning! It's like the anti-virus software is acting like a virus in and of itself?! Then it's only a matter of time until they eat up all the machine's resources again.

It appears that there are also:

  • LaunchDaemons
  • LaunchAgents
  • Kernel extensions (Mac's version of kernel modules)

The first thing restarted seems to be a kernel module called com.McAfee.FMPSysCore.

Running these commands frequently in a loop shows that it's the first thing that comes back:

sudo ps auxww | grep -i 'VShieldScanner\|VShieldScanManager\|masvc\|McAfee' | grep -v grep   | awk '{ print $2 }'  | sudo xargs kill -9     ;   kextstat  | grep -i mcafee | awk '{ print $6 }'  | sudo xargs -n1 -I{} kextunload -verbose 2 -bundle-id '{}'

I still haven't found a way to 100% disable them, and don't want to resort to full uninstall yet... still waiting on helpdesk ticket to see what they say.

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strugs commented Oct 25, 2019

Thank you very much!
McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac Threat Protection v10.2.3 on macOS 10.14.6 drove my startup time to a near standstill. Disabling Threat Protection has made startup snappy once again.

The 'alternatively' commands above did the trick.

Thank you again!
Andrew.

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