How to Recover Files Deleted by McAfee

The article intends to describe how the files deleted by McAfee antivirus can be recovered. The methods described here is simple and correct until date. It is still advised that users follow the instructions accurately to avoid running into problems. This will also save them from spending time and money looking for McAfee product support.

Besides protecting your computer from nasty viruses, spyware etc., McAfee may remove important data files from it in its virus removal endeavor. If you have already experienced this, then you seriously need help to recover those deleted files. The below mentioned tips will help you perform the recovery on your own. This essentially means that you needn’t contact your McAfee technical support for help.


  • Since it is not possible to recover the deleted files manually, you would need to download and run a data recovery tool. You can choose from a wide range of available free or paid tools including DERESCUE data recovery master, Recuva, AusLogics BoostSpeed, Undelete Plus, Recover Deleted Files, and Drive Rescue.
  • Once you have concluded on any of the abovementioned tools, download it from a trusted website. When prompted, save the file to a location in computer where it can be easily accessed from. When the file is saved, locate it and run to initiate the installation procedure. You may need admin rights to run the file. It is recommended to save the file on desktop for convenience.
  • We’ll discuss about the DERESCUE data recovery master tool here (it can be downloaded from its official website). Download, save, and install the program in the same abovementioned fashion. Double click on the icon of the DERESCUE program to open it. When prompted about the recovery operation, click on Deleted Recover.
  • When given the list of all the existing drives in your computer, select the hard disk drive that needs to be recovered the files from and hit the OK button. Under the Folder view, check all the folders and locate the one that has the deleted files in it (it may be named anything like deleted files or, you must check it). Click this folder and highlight the files that need to be recovered in the File List View. Click on the OK button and you will have all your files recovered that were deleted by the McAfee antivirus.

Additional Tips:

If you want to stop McAfee antivirus from automatically removing files that are legitimate and not threats, you should drop an email. The email should contain the sample of the file integrated into a zipped folder with the header (subject) containing False. McAfee will eventually learn that this file should not be marked and deleted automatically.

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