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How to Remove a McAfee Drive Encryption

Updated July 19, 2017

As part of its collection of computer security software, McAfee offers Endpoint Encryption software for home or office networks. The software assures that data on all network computers is encrypted and protected. In the event that a computer needs to have its encryption removed, the software has a built-in utility to aid users in encryption removal.

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  1. Insert a blank diskette into the system.

  2. Open Endpoint Encryption Manager (by clicking "Start," then "All Programs," then "McAfee Endpoint Encryption)."

  3. Open the Recovery menu and click "Create SafeTech Boot Disk."

  4. Select the "Devices" tab and search for the network group that contains the problem computer. Double-click that network group. The group will include the computer you wish to remove encryption from.

  5. Right-click the computer you wish to have unencrypted and select "Export Configuration."

  6. Do not select "Include all Users" or "Include all Files" because the configuration file will be too large for the floppy disk.

  7. Boot the system that you wish to remove encryption from with the recovery disk in the disk drive, and with the boot order set to floppy disk first.

  8. When prompted, type in the daily authorisation code.

  9. Click "Safe Boot" and choose the option to authenticate from SBFS (Safe Boot File System). Choose the correct token and click "Logon with Selected Token."

  10. Enter the username and password.

  11. In the main menu, select "Safe Boot" and then click "Remove EEPC."

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Things You'll Need

  • Blank diskette
  • "Code of the Day" from McAfee Support

About the Author

Living in Canada, Andrew Aarons has been writing professionally since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ottawa, where he served as a writer and editor for the university newspaper. Aarons is also a certified computer-support technician.

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