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Message 1 of 8

I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

Hi! It was automatically installed McAfee Vaults on my laptop without my permission.

Does anyone know how can I remove McAfee Vaults without McAfee LiveSafe?


Please just let me know

- MartinHero

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Message 2 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

Hello @MartinHero ,

The Vault which is located in your local drive can't be deleted or uninstalled since it installs automatically when you install McAfee on the computer. It gets removed only when you uninstall McAfee from the computer. It is just a option that is set up automatically which doesnt change any functionality please feel free to explore the feature and contact us for any concerns.

Rajiv S

Message 3 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

@MartinHero : Hey Martin, I did find a solution to this problem w/o having to uninstall the software from my computer.  Here it is:

Run CMD and paste this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\McAfee\Installer\mcinst.exe" /uninstall /longpath "C:\Program Files\McAfee\MAT\matmain.inf"

Worked for me instantly. Hope it works for you too. Let me know.


Message 4 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

Having to count on Other users comments for fixes like these is totally inadequate. McAfee - Are you actually going to fix this issue?

Valued Contributor II
Message 5 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

i noticed your posting in the following thread;

Solved: McAfee Support Community - Re: McAfee Vaults - Page 3 - McAfee Support Community

as said there all i know is that this feature will become EOL in february 2022. and will be removed.

i did a search to find the article for this info and found it back;

McAfee KB - Feature Removal: File Lock in McAfee software for Windows (TS103182)

Message 6 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults


I too could not delete this folder after uninstalling mcafee a few months ago. 

I managed to delete the folder manually by doing the following on Windows 11:

Right Click > show more options > properties > security tab > advanced > permissions tab > everyone > set to allow (drop down list) > tick full control

and then delete as normal. 

Message 7 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

THANK YOU!! This is by far the best and most efficient answer. It worked right away.
Message 8 of 8

Re: I am unable to remove McAfee Vaults

Hey, if it's asking for the administrator's right, right-click folder, properties, and security, then set the everybody allows everything. I tried this way and it works

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