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How to Uninstall Antivirus Software on Mac?

Updated on Thursday, May 16, 2024

iBoysoft author Anna Yuan

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Anna Yuan
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How to Uninstall Antivirus Software on Mac?

Summary: In this blog, we'll share 4 methods to uninstall antivirus from Mac, including using iBoysoft MagicMenu and its uninstaller feature to uninstall any antivirus without leaving traces or leftovers. 

how to uninstall antivirus on mac

Sometimes, you may find that it's not so easy to uninstall Avast Antivirus, Sophos Antivirus, MacKeeper, or other antivirus software on Mac. Even after uninstalling the antivirus software, its files still remain on Mac. So, in this article, we'll tell you how to properly uninstall antivirus software on Mac in different ways.

Why you need to uninstall antivirus software on Mac

Most third-party Mac antivirus software run behind the scene continuously and waste system resources. As a result, your Mac gets running slowly, even if it is using an SSD. So, you may want to uninstall the antivirus to free up Mac storage. Moreover, you may unconsciously download a malware program posing as an antivirus program and when you recognize this issue, you hope to uninstall it as soon as possible.

Before going straight to uninstalling antivirus on Mac, the first thing you should do is to stop the app from running. Simply closing the app doesn't mean its background activity will stop. You should force quit the process on Macwith Activity Monitor below:

  1. Click on Launchpad and open Activity Monitor from the Other folder.
  2. Select the CPU tab in Activity Monitor. From the Process Name column, find the running antivirus app and choose the app by clicking on it.
  3. Click on the X button from the top-left corner of the screen. A pop-up window will ask if you are sure you want to quit this process, choose Quit. If the app is not yet shut down, click on the X button again and select Force Quit this time, the antivirus app will then close and all the background activities related to this app are stopped. 
    force quit antivirus on Mac

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How to uninstall antivirus on Mac

Now, just follow the 4 common ways to uninstall antivirus on Mac:

Method 1: Uninstall antivirus for Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu

The easiest way to uninstall antivirus on Mac is to use iBoysoft MagicMenu. You may have heard of it as a right-clicker enhancer. Besides, it's also a perfect software uninstaller. 

iBoysoft MagicMenu is able to uninstall an app on Mac with only a few clicks. And this mini utility can also add new files/folders on your Mac desktop and quick access to a browser or webpage link to help you increase your work efficiency. It supports macOS Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra & Apple Silicon M1, and M2 Mac.

Here's how to uninstall Antivirus on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu easily:

  1. Free download, install and launch iBoysoft MagicMenu.
  2. Go to Mac Finder, and find the antivirus software you want to uninstall.
  3. Right-click on the antivirus app and choose Uninstall from the context menu. 
    uninstall antivirus with iBoysoft MagicMenu
  4. Tap Uninstall again and click Yes to confirm the uninstallation and when it completes, choose Close to quit the iBoysoft app.

As you can see, it's very easy to uninstall antivirus on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu. You can also uninstall Chrome on Mac or uninstall Firefox on Mac with it. If this utility surprises you and solves your problem, please share this mini software and this post with more people.


Method 2: Remove antivirus from your Mac with Launchpad

As is known to all, if you want to uninstall an app on iOS, you can tap on the app and hold on to it, when an X icon appears on the top left of it, click on the X icon and the app should be removed from your iOS device. Also, you can use this method to uninstall antivirus software from your Mac. Just do the following:

  1. Open Launchpad from your Dock.
  2. Click on the icon of the antivirus app you want to uninstall and hold it down for a few seconds until the X appears top left. 
  3. Press the X on your antivirus software to remove it, and then hit Delete when asked. 
    how to uninstall antivirus on mac from Launchpad

Method 3: Uninstall antivirus for Mac via the native uninstaller

If removing the installed antivirus app via Launchpad is not successful, you can try using the uninstaller included with the antivirus software. If you're not sure whether your antivirus software comes with an uninstaller program or not, the best idea is to check their support pages for guidance on uninstalling.

If the antivirus app has an uninstaller, you just need to open the uninstaller and follow the on-screen prompts to get rid of this app from your Mac. After the uninstall process is complete, you can restart your Mac to refresh your Mac. If the antivirus software has no uninstaller, try the next way in the following part.

Method 4: Uninstall antivirus on Mac by moving into Trash

Another regular way to uninstall an app on Mac is to move it into Mac Trash. However, since antivirus software runs deeply on your macOS to scan viruses and malware for protecting your Mac, only dragging the antivirus app into Mac Trash is not enough for a clear uninstallation, you should delete all its leftover files together. Here's how to do it:

  1. Launch Mac Finder and open the Applications folder.
  2. Locate the antivirus software you want to uninstall and right-click on it and select Move to Trash. Alternatively, you can drag the antivirus application to Trash.
  3. From the Dock, right-click or control-click on the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
  4. Open the Finder menu at the top of the screen, click on the Go menu, and hold the Option key, then choose Library.
  5. Open the Preferences folder and look for any plist files associated with the antivirus software that you just uninstalled and delete these files. 
    how to uninstall antivirus plist files on Mac
  6. Empty Mac Trash again to completely get rid of all antivirus-related files.

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Final thoughts

To summarize, the above 4 ways should delete the antivirus software from your Mac or MacBook. Among the 4 methods, the simplest and most recommended way to get rid of an antivirus app on a Mac is to use iBoysoft MagicMenu within a few clicks.