How to Disable the McAfee Proxy Service

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How to Disable the McAfee Proxy Service
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The McAfee Proxy is downloaded to your computer when you install the McAfee Antivirus suite of applications. The service can often block certain Windows functions--such as those needed by Outlook to function--and this in turn can bring instability to your operating system. Fortunately, it's not a complicated process to go in and disable the McAfee Proxy service.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and type "Services.msc" into the Start Search box.

  2. 2

    Press the "Enter" key to start the Services dialogue box. This box contains a list of all the services currently active and enabled on your operating system.

  3. 3

    Scroll down the list until you find the "McAfee Proxy" service entry.

  4. 4

    Right-click the "McAfee Proxy" entry and select "Stop." This will stop the service if it is currently running.

  5. 5

    Right-click the entry again, select "Properties" and then change the "Startup Type" menu to "disabled." This will prevent McAfee Proxy from starting up again when you restart Windows.

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