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Uninstall XFence from macOS

XFence beta has too many bugs for me to cope with but it won't uninstall.

I managed to delete everything except 

 

/Library/StagedExtensions/Library/Extensions/XFENCE.kext

 

but this refuses to be deleted.  I have tried kextunload without success.

 

Any suggestions?

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Regular Member

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Did you get the answer yet?

 

I know how to uninstall. Because I have to, every time I'm doing major software updates (im only uninstalling it partly though)

 

First Step:

Disable XFence from Status bar app.

 

Then just remove the kernal extention from Library/Extentions

 

If you can't disable it, bc for example you deleted the status bar app, just boot into recovery mode and delete it from there via terminal.

 

After this step, its fully disabled but not uninstalled yet.

 

To do that just remove the XFENCE folder from library, the two LaunchDaemon plist files and the configuration app from the application folder

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Aspirant

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Also, I tried:

 

sudo rm -rf /Library/Extensions/XFENCE.kext

 

but it returns "Operation not permitted"

 

The extension is not active but ther ought to be a way to remove it.

 

By the way, why has it become just as hard to uninstall application from macOS as it used to be from Windows?  There are so many hidden and obscure files that just clutter up one's system.

Superuser

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Hello,

 

Sorry for my reply. I'm only F-Secure user (their home solutions). And I'm not really friendly with Mac-platform.

 

There was some topic with discussion about uninstalling F-Secure XFENCE. F-Secure Team attached XFENCE User Guide, but most likely such file or user-guide should be available with beta-portal too.

Does it possible to re-check it? What if some useful information about this part can be there?

 

Based on your "" it returns "Operation not permitted""" -> maybe file is used by system (or even protected). And maybe there should be something like Safe Mode (as it can be with Windows). Or some other steps to perform removing certain files/directories.

 

Also, just interesting -> does your experience about designed uninstalling? Such as -> by expected or documented steps? And this file is placed there after?

 

// if it is not possible to find XFENCE User Guide -> I will try to re-check where it was such topic.

 

// later added: I mean next one topics:

 

But maybe your steps are also about this (except that maybe there is certain 'recovery mode' and console-commands with partly another view; at least path with "").

 

Thanks!

 

Aspirant

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Thank you.

 

I followed the user guide's instructions but they did not work, the application remained.  I also followed the unistall steps in the thread that you attached and that didn not help either.

 

The file is not being used.  The problem is nothing to do with XFence as the kernel extension for Little Flocker is also in the same folder and also canot be deleted.  So, it's really a macOS issue.

 

I will post a question on the Apple macOS support community and report back if I find a solution.

Superuser

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Hello,

 

Thanks for your response.

Indeed sounds as common popular trouble situation with Mac. At least, based on Google Search -> there was some of website's discussions:

But such examples are what you already tried maybe.

Good if macOS community will be with some good advices.

 

Also, maybe with workdays -> F-Secure team may suggest something.

Regular Member

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Did you get the answer yet?

 

I know how to uninstall. Because I have to, every time I'm doing major software updates (im only uninstalling it partly though)

 

First Step:

Disable XFence from Status bar app.

 

Then just remove the kernal extention from Library/Extentions

 

If you can't disable it, bc for example you deleted the status bar app, just boot into recovery mode and delete it from there via terminal.

 

After this step, its fully disabled but not uninstalled yet.

 

To do that just remove the XFENCE folder from library, the two LaunchDaemon plist files and the configuration app from the application folder

Aspirant

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

None of the above worked for me.  Even logged on as root user macOS will not allow the deletion of XFENCE.kext or LittleFlocker.kext.

 

As far as I am concerned this problem should not be marked "Solved".

Superuser

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS


@LFuserwrote:

As far as I am concerned this problem should not be marked "Solved".


Hello,

 

Just like my own feelings: if I do remember it -- I received mail notification that topic is marked as sorted by you. Maybe one of replies was chosen as sorted (randomly).

And while trouble is 'valid' - of course - topic should not be marked as sorted. I will suggest (even if all of suggestions are not helpful) - to ask F-Secure Mac Team,@pajp. Maybe in addition to bug-report under beta-portal.

OR maybe Community Managers with abilities to switch status of topic and re-transfer concern to related team.

 

Thanks!

Regular Member

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Did you read my solution?

 

Delete it from the Recovery Partition!

Aspirant

Re: Uninstall XFence from macOS

Yes, but I could not make it work.  Booting in Recovery mode doesn't seem to allow access to anything other that Disk Utility.  I can't see how to open Terminal.

 

Anyway, the risk isn't worth the trouble.  The files are harmless and small.