How To Uninstall Antivirus On Mac


If you are using any antivirus to protect your Mac and your antivirus itself becomes an issue, or you want to install any other Antivirus, then this page is for you. Sometimes, your antivirus prevents you from installing any app which you are in need of, and you might encounter an issue while uninstalling your antivirus. Now, you have found the right page to learn “How to uninstall Antivirus on Mac.” 

However, after uninstalling the antivirus software, its files still remain on Mac. So don't remove the antivirus software just from the Applications folder in the Finder window; it may lead to some other issues since your program may be used by another application. So, before starting to uninstall, quit and close all the programs running behind. Some Mac antiviruses come with their uninstaller files. So, it is not that easy to remove the Antivirus using the Finder window. Another reason for facing the issue is because of leftovers; it is very important to remove all leftovers of the antivirus that were used before.

Uninstall using the Antivirus Uninstaller

Go to the official support page of your antivirus developer. Look how to uninstall it correctly because the developers provide an uninstaller for their programs. Follow the instructions and uninstall the antivirus from your Mac.

Some antivirus software create a kernel file and hide them in the deep subfolders, and protect files from being deleted.  In order to delete all the leftovers, you need to follow the steps given below:

  • Make a note of the path of the kernel file. 
  • Restart your Mac in recovery mode.
  • Restart and press the Command + R keys together while the reboot is in process. 
  • There will be a startup window.
  • In the Menu bar, click Utilities and click Terminal.
  • Then, type this command in the Terminal: csrutil disable
  • Press the back key to disable System Integrity Protection and restart your Mac as usual.
  • Look for the text file in Finder and remove it.
  • Enable the System Integrity Protection again.
  • Now, you should restart your Mac.
  • Restart and press the Command + R keys together while the reboot is in process.
  •  In the Menu bar, click Utilities and click Terminal.
  • Then type this command in the Terminal: csrutil disable
  • Again restart your Mac.

Using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller helps you delete all the service files of apps. If the antivirus software doesn't allow you to remove its kernel file, the App Cleaner & Uninstaller helps you remove it manually.

  • Open the uninstaller.
  • Look for an antivirus app in the list of scanned apps.
  • Choose all the files connected to the antivirus app and click on the Remove option.
  • App Cleaner & Uninstaller allows you to find even the leftovers of already removed apps. 
  • Go to the Remaining Files section. 
  • Remove the service files of the antivirus from there.
  • Then, restart your Mac. The problem should be resolved.


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