Antivirus Apps: Fix full disk access issue on macOS Ventura

If you use an antivirus app, an anti-malware program or other tools against malware on the Apple Mac, you might face a few problems after upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura. A full disk access bug is reported most frequently here, which ensures that the individual programs can no longer scan the hard disk and its files for harmful content. Until Apple fixes the hard drive access error with a Ventura update, there is a fairly simple workaround to restore access to the Mac's storage. And in this post, I'll tell you how to do it.

With the upgrade to macOS Ventura on the Apple Mac, antivirus and anti-malware apps could lose disk access. Here is a guide on how to fix full disk access bug after OS update.
With the upgrade to macOS Ventura on the Apple Mac, antivirus and anti-malware apps could lose disk access. Here is a guide on how to fix full disk access bug after OS update.

Anti-virus and anti-malware apps: Control full disk access under Ventura

In order to be able to scan folders and files and move or delete content infected with malware, anti-malware software needs full access to the hard drive. Permissions are required to "read" the files as well as to "write" or change and delete them. And these are not automatically carried over when upgrading to macOS 13 Ventura. So if your antivirus program says it doesn't have access, do the following:

  1. Click on the in the top left Apple logo
  2. Select from the menu that opens System settings ... from
  3. Navigate to in the list on the left Privacy
  4. Then click in the list on the right Full hard disk access
  5. Now select the software in question from the list of programs
  6. Click on that minus (–) under the list to remove it
  7. Then click on that More (+) to add them back
  8. Disable permission by using the slider moved to the left
  9. Then activate the authorization by using the slider moved to the right
  10. You may be asked for your password or Touch ID, this is normal

More solutions for macOS 13 Ventura

Here in the Sir Apfelot Blog you will find more instructions, guides and tips for dealing with macOS Ventura's teething problems. Because after the upgrade of the Apple Mac to the current operating system, a wide variety of errors and quirks can occur, depending on the device and year. If something hasn't been covered yet, please let us know in the comments.

On the anti-malware problem I am e.g. B. through Pat's comment below the post macOS 13 Ventura - Issues and Solutions caught on. In addition to this large collective contribution, I have also published a single contribution on WLAN problems and their solution under Ventura: After macOS Ventura Upgrade – Mac WiFi Problems (+ Solutions). Leave a comment if the above guide helped you :)

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8 Responses to “Antivirus Apps: Fix Full Disk Access Issue on macOS Ventura”

  1. Thanks, other workarounds only said disabling and re-enabling disk access. That doesn't help. After removing and adding it works again :-)

  2. Thank you for Antivirus and Anti-Malware Apps: Controlling Full Disk Access on Ventura. The problem is solved. Until next time ;-)

  3. EXCELLENT! Was exactly the same as described above for me: After removing and adding again, Avira worked again! Thank you for the good article!

  4. The list of applications with full disk access is completely empty (no objects). Adding an application via "+" is not possible. Therefore, the case has not yet been solved for me (iMac with ChiP: Apple M1)).

    1. Hello Burkhard! Are you also logged in as an admin? And is there a lock icon in the settings that you have to click on to be able to make the settings? Changes to some system settings are blocked by the lock.

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