How to Remove the McAfee OnAccess Scanner

By Randall Blackburn

The McAfee On-Access scanner is a feature of the McAfee VirusScan security suite for Windows 7 and Vista. The On-Access scanner examines documents when opened on the computer, but it can conflict with certain applications. To troubleshoot a software conflict, you can temporarily disable the On-Access scanner. You also can completely uninstall the scanner component from the computer.

Uninstall the McAfee On-Access Scanner

Click the Windows “Start" button, and then click the “Control Panel" option.

Click the “Uninstall a Program" link in the Programs section of the Control Panel.

Click the “McAfee On-Access Scanner” option, and click the “Uninstall/Change” button on the top navigation bar. The Uninstall confirmation box opens.

Click “Yes” to confirm the removal. The program is uninstalled. When the removal is finished, a notification message appears. Click “OK.” The On Access scanner is uninstalled.

Disable McAfee On Access Scanner

Click the Windows “Start” button, and then click “Programs.” Click the “McAfee VirusScan Console” option. The console opens.

Click the “Access Protection” option. The Access Protection screen displays.

Uncheck the check box next to the “Prevent McAfee Services from Being Stopped” option.

Click the “Apply” button, and then click “OK.” Close the console application.

Right-click the McAfee icon in the Windows system tray at the bottom right corner of the desktop. The McAfee context menu opens.

Click the “Disable On-Access Scan” option. The scanner is disabled.


Right-click the McAfee icon in the system tray, and then click “Enable On-Access Scan” to re-enable the scanner.


Information in this article applies to McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, version 8.7i. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the product.