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Temporarily disable Web & Email transparent proxy

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2020 Intel Core i7 27" iMac running macOS Ventura 13.5 and ESET 7.3.3700.0


I am trying to troubleshoot a network issue and want to temporarily disable the Web & Email transparent proxy so I can rule it out. Switching off Web protection, Anti-phishing protection and Email protection in the application settings has no effect, it just generates warning messages about being unprotected, but when I go to my network settings, the ESET filter is still showing as active. There is no Quit option in ESET, just an option to close the user interface. I did try going to Activity Monitor and killing all ESET processes but you can't, the core ESET task is persistent.  Booting into Safe Mode isn't really an option as other things will be disabled as well making it harder to pinpoint the issue.

I get that ESET needs to protect itself because what use is an anti-malware app that can be shut down by a virus, but I don't want to have to uninstall/reinstall ESET if possible.

So is there a way to temporarily disable or quit ESET?  

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I'd recommend temporarily uninstalling ESET when troubleshooting issues if you need to rule it out as the culprit.

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