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Title:
Antivirus Software: How to install McAfee on your Mac OS X computer
Synopsis:
How to install, use and uninstall McAfee Antivirus for Mac OS X.

Solution:
Use McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac with OS X 10.7 or later


System requirements
  • Macintosh with an Intel processor
  • 1 GB RAM or higher
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
  • Macintosh owners running Boot Camp or Windows virtual machines should install VirusScan for Windows in their Boot Camp or virtual machine environments.


Installing McAfee Endpoint Protection or Security for Mac

  • Download the McAfee-Kace.dmg disk image
  • Enter your Princeton netID and password when prompted
  • If the McAfee Endpoint Protection or Security for Mac installer window does not open automatically, open the disk image that was downloaded to your computer.
  • Double-click the McAfee installer
  • Read the introductory messages and click Continue
  • Answer the question about funds used to purchase the computer. The installer will quit if the computer was not purchased using a Princeton University and/or research account. Please see www.princeton.edu/antivirus or contact the OIT Help Desk at (8-4357) for other options.


  • If the computer was not purchased with personal funds, respond to the remaining prompts.


  • Enter the Mac OS X administrator password when prompted.
  • Installation will take several minutes and run silently.
  • Restart the computer when prompted.
  • If prompted to allow "cma" to accept incoming connections, click Allow. McAfee Antivirus relies on cma to receive updates from Princeton's McAfee server.




Using McAfee Endpoint Protection or Security for Mac

  • A red shield will appear in the menu bar after installing McAfee Antivirus. Clicking the shield displays the antivirus security status and provides quick access to the program's functions and settings. Most settings are managed by Princeton's McAfee server and cannot be changed through the program's menus.




VMware Fusion note

  • After installing McAfee Antivirus, VMware Fusion may display a reminder to exclude virtual machines from antivirus scans. You may ignore this reminder. Princeton's McAfee server automatically configures Security for Mac to exclude VMware virtual machines. Technical note: Directories whose names end in .vmwarevm are excluded from antivirus scans regardless of where they are stored on the computer. Though VMware virtual machines appear as single files, they are actually directories which use a .vmwarevm name extension and often contain hundreds of files.


Uninstalling McAfee Antivirus

  • Download the McAfee-Kace.dmg disk image
  • Enter your Princeton netID and password when prompted
  • If the McAfee Endpoint Protection or Security for Mac installer window does not open automatically, open the disk image that was downloaded to your computer.
  • Run the Antivirus Remover inside the Utilities folder.
  • Reboot when prompted


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Last Updated:
October 27, 2014

Solution ID:
9749