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How to bypass the mcafee endpoint security to recover data

Updated April 17, 2017

Endpoint Security is an Internet security software and encryption service developed by McAfee. With Endpoint, you can secure all data that are exchanged in and out of your company's servers and workstations. Occasionally, Endpoint Security may prevent you from recovering or backing up data. You may temporarily bypass Endpoint Encryption security by enabling the "Autoboot" user account. Note that you need administrative rights to complete this task.

Click the "Start" menu on a server computer or a workstation with administrative rights.

Click "Programs," and then select "McAfee Endpoint Encryption Manager." Click to launch "Endpoint Encryption Manager."

Click the tab labelled "Users."

Double-click to expand "Endpoint Encryption User Groups" in the left pane of the main program window.

Right-click and select "New" to create a new user. Type "$autoboot$" as the user account name.

Set the default password to "12345" (without the quotes) when prompted.

Click the tab labelled "Devices."

Double-click to expand "Endpoint Encryption Machine Groups."

Right-click the folder dedicated to your group, and then choose "Properties" from the context menu.

Click "General" located in the left pane.

Click to remove the check next to "Disable checking for autoboot" in the "Miscellaneous" section in the right pane.

Click "Apply" followed by "OK."

Right-click your group folder, and choose the option that says "Force Sync." This will restart your server computer/workstation with Endpoint temporarily disabled.

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