How to Recover Files Deleted by McAfee

By Jackson Lewis

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Antivirus software is essential for any computer. This type of software will protect your computer from viruses that can harm it and will keep software from being installed without your permission and stealing your personal information. McAfee VirusScan is one of the most popular brands of antivirus software. If you use the McAfee Antivirus program on your computer, you may at some point need to recover files that were inadvertently deleted by McAfee.

Step 1

Download and install a data recovery software package such as “DERescue Data Recovery Master.” Unless McAfee is aware their program often deletes these files accidently, there are no other built-in mechanisms for recovering lost data using McAfee. Restart your computer after installing the data recovery program.

Step 2

Double-click the "DERescue" program icon located on your computer's desktop. Choose the "Deleted Recover" menu option when asked what kind of "recovery operation" that you would like to perform.

Step 3

Choose the hard drive of your computer from the list of drives that are displayed. Next, click the “OK” button.

Step 4

Search through the folders in the “Folder” window until you locate the folder that contains your deleted files. This folder will be labeled similar to “Scanned Deleted Files.” Select this folder.

Step 5

Within the “FileList View” window, select the files McAfee deleted that you want to recover. Choose these files and click “OK.” You have now recovered the files that McAfee deleted.