How to remove or disable McAfee File and Removable Media Protection

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How to remove or temporary disable McAfee File and Removable Media Protection? It wants to encrypt USB devices anytime they are plugged in or otherwise it sets them to read only. Any idea how to get rid of that annoying feature?

There is a note on that here:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB81439
however I do not know how to find cd Product_Installation_Path which is mentioned there.

Maybe there is some lighter way to unchecked that option somewhere?

Best Answer

  • I am not 100% sure if it works but it seems so:

    1. Windows key + R (Run) and type: msconfig.exe
    2. Move to tab [Start up]
    3. Uncheck anything that starts with McAfee. Probably unchecking just [McAfee, Inc.(R) Endpoint Encryption for Files and Folders] suffices.
    4. Do not know if it is necessary but go to tab [Services] and uncheck anything that starts with McAfee.
    5. Restart. You are done.

    You can easily check it back the same way. Beware! I do not know if McAfee policy allows to turn it off that way. Could be another question.