Temporarily Stopping McAfee AntiMalware Agent on the Mac

McAfee’s AntiMalware product can be a real resource hog for some people. Fortunately there’s a way to simply disable it via the command line. It can then be easily re-enabled the same way.

I made an alias in my profile to take care of that:

alias kill-mcafee='sudo /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VSControl stopoas'

Re-enabling it is just as easy:

alias unkill-mcafee='sudo /usr/local/McAfee/AntiMalware/VSControl startoas'