Understand security alerts

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Understand security alerts

Understand security alerts

If real-time scanning detects a threat, an alert appears. For most viruses, trojans, scripts and worms, real-time scanning automatically tries to clean the file, and alerts you. For potentially unwanted programs and SystemGuards, real-time scanning detects the file or change, and alerts you. For buffer overflow, tracking cookies, and script activity, real-time scanning automatically blocks the activity, and alerts you.

You can then choose how to manage detected files, detected email, suspect scripts, potential worms, potentially unwanted programs, SystemGuards or buffer overflows.

How do I manage my alerts?

McAfee employs an array of alerts to help you manage your security. These alerts can be grouped into three basic types: Red Alert, Yellow Alert and Green Alert.

Red Alerts

A red alert requires a response from you. In some cases, McAfee cannot determine how to respond automatically to a particular activity. In these cases, the red alert describes the activity in question and gives you one or more options to select.

Yellow Alerts

A yellow alert is a non-critical notification that usually requires a response from you. The yellow alert describes the activity in question and gives you one or more options to select.

Green Alerts

In most cases, a green alert provides basic information about an event and does not require a response.

Configuring alert options

If you choose not to show an alert again and later on you change your mind, you can go back and configure that alert to appear again. For more information about configuring alert options, see your Security Center documentation.


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Last updated: 08-22-2014
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