How to Activate McAfee

By Jackson Lewis

The McAfee Internet Security Suite and antivirus programs are products produced by McAfee to help protect home, business, or school computers. McAfee requires a product activation for all products purchased online or from an in-store purchase. The activation feature required for McAfee products helps to minimize the negative impact of software piracy as well as to ensure your product is properly registered with the company in order to receive timely updates and news of computer malware threats that could threaten your security. Being able to activate the McAfee computer security products is a common task for consumers who purchase their products.

Step 1

Open your web browser and navigate to the McAfee website listed first under Resources at the bottom of this article.

Step 2

Choose "My Account" and enter the email address and password that you used to purchase your McAfee product. If you have not yet purchased McAfee, create a new account and log in to make your purchase.

Step 3

Select the McAfee product on your list of authorized purchased to download to your computer. You can also choose to purchase a product from this screen.

Step 4

Run the McAfee installation program after completing download from the McAfee homepage.

Step 5

Enter the activation code provided to you when purchasing your McAfee product when prompted by the McAfee installer followed by the "Activate" menu button. McAfee will now be activated on your computer.