How to Recover Files Deleted by McAfee Antivirus

You can easily restore files deleted by McAfee antivirus software with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. And any deleted files by using antivirus programs like Norton and Avast can be restored with this powerful data recovery software.

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Overview of "McAfee Deleted My File"

"McAfee is the only antivirus software I use on my computer. There is a problem when it completes scanning trojan, virus or malware. It deleted an important document without my permission. Now, I have to work out how to recover McAfee deleted files. Any suggestions?" - Asked by a user.

McAfee blocks most intrusions from the outside. However, sometimes it overdoes its job by deleting everything that seems "dangerous". That's why many people are seeking an available method.

Save your time and bring your files back immediately! In this guide, you will get a powerful data recovery program to restore files deleted by McAfee. And more, if you want to restore McAfee deleted files from quarantine, we also show you the details to fix it. 

Easiest Way - How to Restore Files Deleted by McAfee 

If your "safe" files were automatically deleted by McAfee antivirus without asking your permission, first you may check the Recycle Bin. The deleted files may be kept there, but that's less likely to happen.

Want to get a 100% restored file method? You'd better use third-party file recovery software, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which can recover data deleted by antivirus, including the famous McAfee, Norton, Avast, and more. 

Just download the recovery software, and follow the 3-step guide below to restore McAfee deleted files.

Click to download the File Recovery Software:

Step 1. Select the desired data location.

Select the location where you have lost files after using an anti-virus program. For example, if you lost files from C drive after using the anti-virus program, then you should select C drive.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Let the software scan and find the anti-virus deleted files

Click "Scan" to generate a Tree-view of all the recoverable files. Mostly, the deleted files removed by antivirus will be generated in the Deleted Files folder. If you don't see them, try to locate them in the Lost Files folder.

filter wanted files

Step 3. Recover the anti-virus deleted files.

The "Filter" option provides a quick way to your wanted files, click the option if you have difficulty in finding the desired files. Then, click "Recover" to recover lost files.

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Restore McAfee Deleted Files from Quarantine

Only restore items that you know are clean and not defected. - McAfee

Also, McAfee might be quarantined your files in the security folder.

  • Open your McAfee Security product.
  • Click Navigation (or click the cog at the top right).
  • Click Quarantined and Trusted Items.
  • Open: Quarantined Items (for individual files) or Quarantined Potentially Unwanted Programs (for programs)
  • Select specific items individually, or click Select all.
  • Select: "Restore" to restore the item from Quarantine or Delete to delete the item from the list 

restore files from quarantine

The restored files might be quarantined again on the next scan. It'd better update your McAfee to the latest version or move to the next part and apply steps about how to stop McAfee from deleting a file.

How to Stop McAfee from Deleting a File

Step 1. Open your McAfee.

Step 2. Choose the settings gear icon on the top-right corner of the interface.

Step 3. Under PC Settings, select Real-Time Scanning. Navigate to Excluded Files and Folders, click Add file.

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Step 4. Choose the file you want. 

If you are using the Mac version, you can read the guide written by McAfee.

Pick the Powerful Method

Have you restored McAfee deleted files successfully? EaseUS Data Recovery is a reliable file recovery tool to fix it. If you have any questions about our guide, please send an email to [email protected] or contact our technical support team via online chat. Also, you can leave a message via Facebook.

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