McAfee has added an option called Whitelist Application that allows users to specify which applications will be allowed through their firewalls and antivirus software. If you're wondering why this feature was built into the company's latest version of its Endpoint Security product, it's because Microsoft released Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection with similar functionality earlier this year.
The idea behind these features is simple - they allow businesses to protect themselves by limiting access to potentially malicious programs or sites while still allowing certain other important services to operate freely. For example, you might want to block Facebook but not Google Chrome -- or let your employees use Dropbox without worrying about them uploading sensitive data.
If you've used any modern operating system since 2012 (Windows 8 / 7 / Vista), you'll already have McAfee installed as part of the default setup process. However, if you haven't already done so, we recommend installing the free version first before upgrading to the paid tiers, just to make sure everything is working properly. You don't need to worry too much about keeping track of all those different licenses, either -- once you upgrade each tier, you won't lose any additional benefits.
Once you've configured the basic options within McAfee, you should see a new menu item called "Whitelist Applications" on top of your Firewall Settings window. The interface looks like a traditional black/white color scheme rather than the usual red/green/blue colors that most companies favor nowadays.
Here, you simply enter the name of the app or website that you wish to allow through your firewall, click Add, then confirm the change when prompted. Once you've made changes, you'll notice that the button now says "Apply Changes." When you open up the same screen later, you'll be able to find out what exactly got blocked by checking the Details section at the bottom right corner of the window.
As mentioned above, there are two types of lists available: one for websites and another for non-web applications such as desktop utilities and games. There are a few more things worth noting about the feature:
1) It only works for local files and URLs. So, if you try to upload a file to your browser via FTP server, it won't work. Also, you cannot add external IP addresses to this list unless your device uses IPv6. That means no VPNs!
2) By default, McAfee blocks every single incoming connection except HTTP traffic between your computer and your web servers. To enable this feature, go to Web Filtering Options under Networking & Protocols and uncheck Block All Incoming Connections.
3) You can choose whether to include all subdomains or specific ones. For instance, you could set a rule where you block *.facebook.*, *googlevideo*, *youtube* and *netflix*.com domains but allow *.facebook.net, *.facebookmessenger.com, etc.
4) Unlike many other anti-malware solutions, McAfee doesn't offer granular control over which processes get whitelisted. Instead, you'll have to rely on third party tools to manage this kind of thing manually.
5) You can also create custom rulesets based upon user preferences. Go to Preferences & User Customization under General tab and select Create New Rule Set. Then, browse through the various categories to pick whatever criteria makes sense to you.
To start off, you must ensure that the application listed below is running correctly. Double-click the icon to launch the program, then hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously to bring up Task Manager. Make sure that the Processes column shows the correct executable names.
Next, head back to the Firewall Settings window and navigate to the Whitelist Applications section. From here, click the Browse... button next to the Program Name field, then search for the exact location of the executable file. Alternatively, you may also type in the full path directly in case you know where the file resides.
When you locate the correct entry, double-click it to mark it as checked, then click Apply Changes to save your selections. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you've whitelisted all the necessary programs.
In order to prevent some unauthorized apps from getting past your firewall, you can also whitelist individual applications instead of entire directories. Simply follow the instructions outlined above and scroll down to the Apps category. Here, you'll see a list of popular apps including Netflix, Amazon Video, Spotify, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp. Just highlight the desired programs and press Enter to save them.
Alternatively, you can download McAfee Trusted List 2022 Offline Installer [No Longer Available] ($20 for lifetime license). After downloading and extracting the ZIP archive, run the.exe file to install the program locally. Now, you can open the downloaded folder and double-click the app icons to automatically apply the changes.
A lot of people ask us how to add a particular program or service to the Safe Sites list in McAfee. The answer depends entirely on the nature of the application itself. Most commonly, you can whitelist a URL by opening Internet Explorer and typing in the address. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link from Safari or Firefox if you prefer.
However, this method isn't always reliable. Sometimes, McAfee does not recognize valid links and tries to load them anyway. If you encounter issues doing this, you may have to resort to using a command line tool provided by McAfee in order to perform a series of operations to fix the issue.
We discuss this further in our guide to adding a safe site to McAfee.
There are several ways to resolve this problem. First, you can disable the Firewall altogether and hope that McAfee will ignore the request. Second, you can disable realtime protection completely and wait for the virus signature update to finish. Third, you can temporarily remove the antivirus software and reboot to clear the cache. Finally, you can attempt to contact support.
These methods aren't perfect, though. Disabling the firewall is probably the safest way to handle this scenario. But keep in mind that disabling real time protection will render your PC vulnerable to attacks against vulnerabilities discovered after the fact. We explain how to turn off McAfee live scan in our tutorial on turning off McAfee LiveSafe.
It's easy enough to test if your antivirus software is blocking something. Head to the Start Menu and type cmd into the Search box. Next, click Command Prompt (Admin) on the results page and hit OK. Type the following commands one by one and look for errors:
taskkill /IM mcshield.exe taskkill /F /FI "WINDOWTITLE eq McShield"
netsh advfirewall show allprofiles state
This should return nothing if the firewall is disabled. Otherwise, you'll receive entries for the profiles that are currently active.
Sometimes, even when you've successfully whitelisted a program, McAfee decides to quarantine it instead. This can happen due to a number of reasons, including improper configuration of the firewall, outdated signatures or missing definitions.
Fortunately, you can easily add exceptions to the blacklist in McAfee Livesafe by going to Settings & Exceptions & Manage Exceptions. On the left side, you'll see a list of recently removed items. Right-click on a quarantine item and select Remove Quarantine Exception to unlock it again.
Similarly, you can add exceptions to the whitelist by selecting the relevant row and clicking Add Exception. Be careful when choosing which fields contain values, otherwise you risk accidentally adding false positives to the list.
Another useful trick involves creating separate whitelists for different devices connected to your network. Select the appropriate profile, then go to Properties & Permissions and tick Allow Connection Only From Specific Devices. Use the dropdown menus to specify which computers/devices are permitted to connect. Remember to repeat this step for every profile you created previously.
For a quick and effective solution to this problem, you can download McAfee Trusted List 2022 Offline Installer [No Longer Available]. Follow the installation instructions carefully, then click Finish. Restart your machine afterwards and enjoy the increased security offered by the updated software.
McAfee's LiveSafe has been one of my favorite antivirus programs for years now and it still remains an excellent choice. But there are times when you need more control over what your computer will be allowed to run than just letting it scan everything that comes its way. That's where Whitelists come into play. They let you decide exactly which applications should be able to access the Internet (or any other network) while keeping others off. You might even want to use them as part of a parental controls system. Either way, they're not hard to set up but we'll show you how to get started with them right away.
If you've never used them before or don't remember doing so, then this article will help you out by going through all the steps required to configure these features on Windows 7/8/10. We'll start at the very beginning though -- getting back to basics first -- and explain everything along the way. If that sounds good to you, read on!
Yes, it does! It doesn't matter whether you chose to install McAfee's free version or paid subscription service. In both cases, the same options exist. We'll go into detail about each below but basically, they allow you to specify certain sites or domains within their respective lists. Once those are added, they won't be scanned when accessing anything outside of them.
It's worth noting that you cannot modify either of these whitelists once you've made changes. So make sure you know what you intend to do beforehand. The best option would be to create two separate ones -- one for general browsing and another for online shopping. Of course, you could always merge the two together too... depending upon your needs.
There are several ways to accomplish this task. Here's some quick information on the three most common methods available today:
1. From the Home tab, click Start Scanner. Then select Add Site. Enter the URL address you wish to protect and hit Next Step. Note that only websites that McAfee deems safe enough will appear under the "Protected" section.
2. Go to Settings > Network & Web Protection and scroll down until you find the Exceptions entry. Underneath that, you'll see a dropdown menu containing a number of different categories like Games, Downloads, Media Streaming Sites, Social Networks, etc. Simply enter the domain name or website link you'd like to permit and hit OK. Afterward, you may also choose to add exceptions based on IP addresses instead using the IP Address field.
3. Select the File Types entry for the appropriate category and follow the instructions above.
In addition to adding exceptions, you can also block known exploits on specific files. To do so, head over to Settings > Exploit Prevention and click New Block List. There, you can browse through various file types including.exe,.dll,.scr,.sys,.bat,.txt, etc. For each one, you'll see a brief description followed by a few examples of malicious activity that this particular type of content was found associated with. Hit next to continue and wait for the process to finish. When done, save changes and repeat the procedure for every new file type you add. These blocks aren't permanent however, meaning if a future malware variant targets one of these files, it will bypass the protection again.
As a last note, keep in mind that McAfee uses heuristics to determine what constitutes exploitation. While they usually catch things pretty well, sometimes false positives occur. Therefore, it's always wise to double-check the results yourself after running scans.
Application whitelisting differs greatly from the other two approaches mentioned above. Instead of protecting individual files, it protects entire processes. Think of it like a digital wall between the software installed on your machine and the rest of the world. By default, McAfee allows all sorts of unknown code to execute without restriction. However, by creating a whitelist, you tell it which programs and apps should be permitted to interact with other devices on the web.
The idea behind this feature is simple: If you trust a given app, it should be allowed to talk to other computers. Otherwise, it shouldn't be able to send messages or data to anyone else. As such, it's perfect for schools and workplaces who require users to sign in with a username and password to gain access to sensitive documents and systems. A company looking to prevent employees from downloading pirated copies of movies onto their personal devices could also benefit from it.
To put it simply, you can think of whitelisted apps as being treated differently from everyone else. Even if they're unknown, they're still allowed to contact other machines because they haven't yet been blacklisted. So long as no malicious code makes its way into said app, it will remain protected. And since nothing bad happens, the whitelist stays intact for as long as possible.
In order to create a whitelist, navigate to Settings > Application Control. On the left side, you'll see a list of currently active items. Double-click the one you wish to whitelist and enter the details provided. For example, if you were trying to secure your kids' school account, you'd probably include the hostname for their server. Or perhaps you have a bunch of third-party apps that you wouldn't mind giving permission to connect to other PCs. Keep in mind that you can't change these entries once they're created.
Once finished, press Save Changes. Now, whenever someone tries to load a whitelisted app, their request will automatically fail. In fact, you can disable the whitelist entirely by clicking Disable All Applications.
While this method isn't quite as flexible as the others, it works better in scenarios where you don't necessarily have complete control over the endpoints involved. Plus, it keeps all potentially dangerous apps off the table regardless of whether they're actually harmful or not.
However, this approach isn't ideal for situations involving multiple people sharing the same device. Since it relies on the operating system itself, it's impossible to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized requests. Also, it requires that all parties involved agree to participate. So if you wanted to restrict your kid's ability to chat with friends online, this is definitely not the solution for you.
That said, if you want to give application whitelisting a try, you're welcome to. Just keep in mind that it's not nearly as robust as the others and that it's only useful for individuals rather than large groups of people. Still, it's certainly better than having none at all.
Have you ever tried setting up a whitelist before? How did you fare? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
McAfee has been making headlines recently with reports that it's trying to "kill" or at least slow down Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It all started when McAfee announced its new product called McAfee Livesafe. As part of this new product, you have to use an app called McAfee Whitelist Application (MWA). The purpose of MWA, according to McAfee, is to help protect your system by stopping malware downloads. But is there any truth behind these claims about killing off browsers like Chrome and Firefox? We'll talk more about what happens next below... but first let's look into adding programs to McAfee's list of approved applications.
Here are some ways to get around McAfee's attempts to block certain websites and programs:
1. How to Add Apps To McAfee LIVESAFE Trusted List - You need to be using LiveSafe to access this feature, which only works with Windows 7/8/10 systems. If you're not sure whether or not you've installed LiveSafe yet, open up Settings and click About McAfee LiveSafe. From there, select System Configuration. At the top right corner of the screen, you should see a button labeled Enable / Disable LiveSafe. If you don't see it, scroll down until you find it. Once enabled, simply go back to the Apps tab under System Preferences and choose Trustworthy Sites. Select Add Site > Browse For A File to locate the website you want to trust. When prompted, enter the appropriate information. Then hit OK so that you can continue onto the next step.
2. How to Block Programs Using McAfee ePO -- If you're running Windows 8.1 or later, you can download the free version of McAfee ePO and start to block unwanted software on your computer. However, before we dive into how to install McAfee ePO, please note that this article applies specifically to Microsoft Edge as the default browser for Windows 8.1 users.
To begin, head over to the Start Menu and type "ePO." Next, search for the ePO icon and launch it. On the left side of the window, you will see two options: Block & Allow Program. Choose Block All Applications and then proceed through each option available. Hit Apply once you've finished selecting every single item.
3. How to Check If Your McAfee Is Blocking Something -- If you feel like you've tried everything above and still aren't able to unblock sites or programs, just try checking out our guide on how to check if something is blocked.
4. Did McAfee Become Trellix?
In April 2020, McAfee was acquired by Intel Corporation. According to press releases issued by both companies, the acquisition would make McAfee one of Intel’s largest cybersecurity acquisitions ever. In addition, the news release stated that “Intel plans to invest $200 million in additional resources dedicated to developing products and services focused on cyber protection and data privacy.”
This may seem like good news for anyone who uses McAfee, since they now have a company backing them up financially. However, the fact remains that Intel already owns another antivirus firm named Trend Micro, which means that maybe McAfee isn't going anywhere anytime soon. So while it might sound nice to know that you'll always have someone watching over you, remember that you'll probably end up paying for those services somehow.
The bottom line? There's no way to 100% guarantee that McAfee won't eventually decide to kill off popular web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. And even though there's nothing wrong with being cautious, taking steps to prevent yourself from becoming infected by viruses and other malicious threats is definitely worth doing. After all, there is absolutely no harm in having anti-virus software on your device, right?
We've covered how to set up McAfee in general, including how to enable McAfee Endpoint Protection Plus, which comes packaged with McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Here's how to whitelist a program in McAfee Endpoint Protection Plus:
Open McAfee Endpoint Protection Plus.
Click Manage Exceptions.
Select Add Exception.
Enter the name of the program you wish to allow.
Hit Save Changes.
If you'd rather whitelist a specific file instead of a whole program, follow these instructions:
Go to File Explorer.
Right-click on the.exe file or folder and select Properties.
Check the box for Read permissions.
Now that you've added exceptions to your McAfee Endpoint Protection Plus account, you'll notice that you have the ability to manage exceptions directly within the program itself. Simply navigate to View | Configure Exceptions.
Similar to the process outlined above for enabling exceptions in McAfee Endpoint Protection Plus, here's how to add URLs to McAfee ePO:
Head to McAfee ePO.
Navigate to Web Filtering.
Select Add Exception.
Under Filter Type, select URL.
Type in the address you wish to filter.
Hit Save Changes.
And finally, here's how to whitelist a specific file in McAfee ePO:
Head to McAfee ePO.
Navigate to Files.
Double-click the.html,.htm,.asp,.php,.jsp,.js,.css,.zip,.rar,.pdf, or.bmp file you wish to whitelist.
Make sure to change the extension accordingly.
Hit Save Changes.
If you're looking to whitelist a particular program or website on your own personal firewall, the process is pretty simple:
First, turn on the firewall by clicking Turn On Firewall.
Then, double-click the firewall icon in the taskbar.
Next, select Advanced Options.
Scroll to the bottom of the window and select Edit Rules.
Add a rule for the program or website you wish to whitelist.
That's it! Now whenever you attempt to visit that website or run that application, your firewall will tell you that you're allowed to do so. Of course, if you really wanted to, you could manually create rules for every single website and program without needing to rely on McAfee's built-in firewall. However, that defeats the point of having a firewall altogether.
How do I add exception to mcafee is blocking a program
There are many reasons why you might want to add an exception to your firewall. Maybe you downloaded a tool that requires special permission to work properly. Or perhaps you're installing a game launcher that automatically adds itself to your firewall. Whatever the case may be, it's important to understand exactly what you're getting involved with before proceeding further.
For example, if you were planning to download an executable (.EXE) file, you should never do so unless you fully understand what you're downloading. That goes double if said file includes anything suspicious like ransomware. Even worse, you wouldn't want to risk opening up a potentially dangerous threat because you didn't actually read the terms and conditions associated with whatever you decided to download.
So, before you download anything, take a few moments to think about what you plan to do afterward. Do you intend to keep the downloaded files forever? Are you willing to accept responsibility for any damage caused by the aforementioned files? Make sure you consider all possible outcomes before moving forward.
Once you've thought things through, you're ready to move ahead. First, ensure that you're working from a clean installation of Windows. Then, follow these three easy steps to add an exception to your firewall:
On your desktop, right-click the Task Bar and tap New Item. Name the item Custom Rule.
From the dropdown menu, select Local Group Policy Editor.
Browse to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\SecuritySettings\FirewallExceptions.
When you arrive, copy the text inside the brackets [ ] and paste it into Notepad. Save the document.
Return to your desktop, right-click the Task Bar again and tap Run. Enter gpedit.msc into the Search Field followed by hitting Enter.
When the editor opens, browse to Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network and Internet Connections\Internet Connection Sharing Policies. Double-click the entry titled Use the following IP addresses.
Copy the entire text inside the bracket  and paste it into Notepad. Again, save the file.
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