Enable/disable McAfee spyware protection

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Enable/disable McAfee spyware protection

For instructions on how to enable/disable McAfee spyware protection, click on the version of McAfee you currently have installed on your computer. If you've installed McAfee after October 14, 2013 you are using version 12.8.

McAfee SecurityCenter - Special edition from AOL version 12.8

McAfee SecurityCenter - Special edition from AOL version 11.0

McAfee SecurityCenter - Special edition from AOL version 10.5

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To upgrade to the newest version of McAfee, check out our help article How do I upgrade my McAfee Internet Security Suite?


The instructions given below are for McAfee Internet Security Suite – Special Edition from AOL version 12.8.

Spyware protection removes spyware, adware, and other potentially unwanted programs from your computer. These programs gather and transmit data from your computer without your permission. You can disable or enable McAfee spyware protection at any time.How to

Enable McAfee spyware protection

1. In the Windows taskbar, next to the clock, right-click the McAfee (M) icon, and then click Open McAfee SecurityCenter.

Note: Alternatively, you can click Start, select All Programs, select McAfee, and then click McAfee SecurityCenter.

Open McAfee SecurityCenter

2. If you see the message Your computer is at risk (as shown in the image below), click Schedule and run scans.

3. Click Real-Time Scanning.

4. Click Turn On to turn Real-Time Scanning on.

5. Click Settings.

6. Scroll down to the Scan for these threats section, check the box next to Spyware and other potentially unwanted programs, and then click Apply.

Disable McAfee spyware protection

IMPORTANT: If you disable McAfee spyware protection, unwanted programs, spyware, and adware, if present on your computer, will remain undetected.

To disable McAfee spyware protection:

1. In the Windows taskbar, next to the clock, right-click the McAfee (M) icon, and then click Open McAfee SecurityCenter.

Note: Alternatively, you can click Start, select All Programs, select McAfee, and then click McAfee SecurityCenter.

Open McAfee SecurityCenter

2. On the McAfee SecurityCenter window, click Virus and Spyware Protection.

3. Click Real-Time Scanning.

4. Click Settings.

5. Scroll down to the Scan for these threats section, uncheck the box next to Spyware and other potentially unwanted programs, and then click Apply.


 


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Last updated: 10-15-2013
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