How to Recover Files Deleted by McAfee Antivirus

Jean updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

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.

Overview of McAfee Deleted Files Recovery

"McAfee is the only antivirus software I use on my Windows 7 computer. There is a problem when it completes scanning trojan, virus or malware, which makes me really uncomfortable, especially this morning. It deleted a very important document without my permission. What's worse, you can't stop McAfee from deleting suspicious files, even it might be doing wrong. Now, I have to work out how to recover McAfee deleted files. Any suggestions?"

McAfee is one of the most popular antivirus software brands that aim to protect your computer from being attacked by malicious software, Trojan or dreadful viruses. It blocks most intrusions from the outside. However, sometimes it overdoes its job by deleting everything that seems "dangerous". That's why many people are asking for a powerful data recovery program to restore files deleted by McAfee.

How to Recover Automatically Deleted Files 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.

For a higher chance of recovery, you'd better use third-party file recovery software, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is able to recover data deleted by antivirus, including the famous McAfee, Norton, Avast...

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

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

  • 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 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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