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How to disable McAfee

Disable McAfee on Windows

Before getting to the heart of this tutorial and explaining yourself how to disable McAfee on Windows, I want to clarify that the guide was carried out using McAfee Total Protection, which at the moment is the most complete and widespread version of the famous Californian antivirus. Having made the necessary premise, let's take action!

If you want to temporarily disable McAfee's real-time protection, start the antivirus by double clicking on its icon on the desktop or in the Windows notification area (next to the system clock), click on the icon of thegear located at the top right of the window that has opened and select the item Real-time scanning from the menu that appears on the screen.



At this point, pigia sul pulsating disable and use the drop-down menu that appears in the center of the screen to indicate the length of time during which McAfee protection must remain disabled: you can choose between 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes e 60 minutes, or you can choose to re-enable protection only when the PC restarts o may (not recommended!).

Finally, click on the button disable located at the bottom right and McAfee's real-time protection will be suspended for the time period you have chosen.

If you change your mind, you can instantly re-enable McAfee protection by returning to the menu ⚙︎> Real-time scan e pigging your pulse Attiva.

If, on the other hand, you don't want to disable McAfee protection for the whole system but only for some specific files, do this: go to the menu ⚙︎> Real-time scan antivirus, press the button Attiva to activate the real-time protection (if necessary) and click on the button Add files located at the bottom right to choose the files to exclude from the real-time scan.



In addition to a real-time protection module, McAfee also includes a scheduled scan, through which the program carries out a complete check of the computer on pre-established days and times.

If you want to disable this feature, open McAfeego to the menu ⚙︎> Scheduled Scan e pulsing sul pulsating disable. Più facile di così ?!

The more comprehensive versions of McAfee, such as McAfee Total Protection that I am telling you about in this tutorial, also include other types of protection besides virus and malware protection.

For example, by going to the menu ⚙︎ > Firewall of the program and pressing the button disable you can disable the firewall included in the program while entering the menu ⚙︎> Vulnerability Scanning and inserting the segunta di spunta accanto alla voce Do not set a scan schedule (at the bottom of the window) you can disable the automatic search for updates for the programs installed on your PC.

In short: as you may have understood, deactivating the various functions of McAfee for Windows is really a breeze. All you have to do is open the program, click on thegear located at the top right, select the function to be deactivated from the menu that opens and proceed by pressing the button disable present in the next window.

In case of second thoughts, all the antivirus functions can be reactivated by returning to the respective menus and clicking on the button Activate / Enable.

If, instead of temporarily disabling McAfee, you decide to completely uninstall the program, go to Start> Settings (or in Start> Control Panel, if you are using a version of Windows older than 10), go to App (Or Uninstall a program, if you are using a version of Windows earlier than 10), select McAfee Total Protection from the list of programs installed on the PC and click on the button Uninstall.



If you encounter any difficulties at this stage, try reading my tutorial on how to uninstall McAfee and put into practice the instructions in it.

Disattivare McAfee Safe Connect

Even though you don't have McAfee's antivirus installed on your PC, a McAfee Safe Connect? It does not surprise me. McAfee Safe Connect is a VPN service available as a free trial (with 250MB of traffic per month) that allows you to protect online communications on Windows, macOS and portable devices. It is included as an option in the installation packages of many programs downloaded from the Internet, so it is easy to find it installed on your computer without realizing it. Fortunately, it's just as easy to disable or uninstall it.

If you want to disable McAfee Safe Connect so that it doesn't start automatically every time your PC is turned on, right-click on taskbar Windows (the black bar located at the bottom of the desktop) and select the item Activity management give the menu to compare.

In the window that opens, select the tab Start, click the entry for McAfee Safe Connect e pulsing sul pulsating Disable located at the bottom right. If you are using a version of Windows earlier than 8.x, you can achieve the same result by calling up the panel Esegui ... (by pressing the key combination Win + R on the PC keyboard) and giving the command msconfig: a window named System configuration, through which you can manage theavvio of the PC and select which software to start automatically when logging on to Windows and which not.

If you want to completely uninstall McAfee Safe Connect, go to Start> Settings> Apps if you use Windows 10 or in Start> Control Panel> Uninstall a program if you are using an older version of Windows, click on the icon McAfee Safe Connect e pulsing sul pulsating Uninstall.



In the window that opens, click on the button Yes, wait a few seconds and the program will be completely removed from the system. Easier than that ?!

Disable McAfee on Mac

McAfee also offers its protection to users Mac. The Californian company, in fact, has released products such as McAfee Internet Security for Mac and McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac that allow you to protect macOS from malware designed for the Apple operating system and from "classic" viruses for Windows (which cannot attack macOS, but they should be avoided if you are sharing files with Windows PCs).

Disabling McAfee on Mac is as simple as it is on Windows. All you have to do is start the application by selecting its icon from the Launchpad macOS (the rocket icon located on the Dock bar). Then you have to click on the name of the program in the bar at the top left (eg. McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac) and will select the voice Preferences give the menu to compare.

In the window that opens, click the del icon padlock located at the bottom left, type the Password of your user account on macOS (the one you use to log in to the system) and give Submit. Then move up OFF the levers relating to the functions you want to deactivate: Threat prevention for real-time anti-malware protection, Firewall for the firewall or Web protection to protect against malicious sites and that's it.

If you change your mind, you can retrace your steps and re-enable McAfee for Mac protection by returning to the program preferences and returning to ON the levers you deactivated earlier.

Please note: the directions are for McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac. The steps for McAfee Internet Security for Mac may differ slightly.

Disable McAfee in the browser

McAfee has also made several browser extensions, Such as McAfee WebAdvisor, which allows you to receive alerts about infected sites while browsing with Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you have installed this extension and now need to temporarily disable it, here are all the steps you need to take.

  • Chrome - if you are using the Chrome browser, click on the button? located at the top right and select the items Other tools> Extensions from the menu that appears. In the tab that opens, locate the McAfee extension (eg. McAfee WebAdvisor) and remove the check mark from the item Attiva concerning the latter. The extension will be deactivated instantly.

  • Firefox - if you use Mozilla Firefox, press the button? located at the top right and select the item Additional components from the menu that appears. In the tab that opens, click on the icon Extensions located on the left, locate the McAfee extension (ex. McAfee WebAdvisor) and proceed to deactivate the latter by pressing the button disable.

  • Internet Explorer - to disable the McAfee extension in Internet Explorer, click on thegear che si trova in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Manage componenti aggiuntivi from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on the items related to McAfee extensions (eg. McAfee WebAdvisor BHO e McAfee WebAdvisor) and click on your button Disable which is located at the bottom right.

If you change your mind, you can reactivate the McAfee extensions in the browser simply by accessing the browser settings and clicking on the button Activate / Enable, where you previously clicked on Disable / Disable.

Disable McAfee on Android

You have installed the McAfee app to protect your device Android but have you noticed that this consumes too much battery and / or that it is not for you? If you want to disable the anti-malware protection in real time without giving up the other features of the application, open the latter, press the button? located at the top right and select the item Settings give the menu to compare.

At this point, fai tap sulla voce Security scansposta su OFF the function lever Real-time scanning, Reply disable the notice that appears on the screen and that's it. If you want to disable scheduled scans as well, tap on the item Scheduled scansposta su OFF the function lever Scheduled scan and rispondi disable notice that appears on the screen.

By following directions that are almost identical to those I just gave you for the anti-malware scan, you can also disable the protection for the privacy of McAfee and the functions of web protection. It's up to you to choose which features to keep active and which not.

Please note: if you want to delete the widget that McAfee adds to the Android home screen, make a long tap on the green shield located in the corner of the home screen and drag it to the icon of basket which appears at the top.

Disable McAfee on iOS

Devices like iPhone e iPad they are not subject to malware risk (unless they are unlocked through procedures such as jailbreaking). However, McAfee has released its own app for iOS devices that allows you to locate devices remotely and create a secure archive in which to keep your most important files.

Not being an antimalware app, it does not act in real time on the device (an operation which, among other things, due to the iOS multitasking structure, would not even be possible, if not for a few minutes) and consequently there is no need to deactivate it. If you want to get rid of it because you no longer need it, uninstall it by doing a prolonged tap on its icons, pressing on (X) which appears at the top left and confirming.

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