How to Turn Off a McAfee Virus Scan

McAfee Virus Scan automatically scans your computer for virus and worm attacks using it's Active Shield program. Active Shield, detecting a virus, will automatically attempt to clean the file to prevent an attack while sending you an alert. There are instances, such as when you are installing a new program or removing malware, when it may be necessary to temporarily disable your McAfee Virus Scan. This is easily done in a few steps.

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Adding and removing programs may require a temporary shut down of McAfee.

Turn Off Anti-Virus

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Navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner of your computer screen and look for a red "M" sign. This is the symbol for the active McAfee program.

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Right click on the red "M." This will secure a menu for McAfee Virus protection program.

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Click on "Exit" or Disable." Click 'Yes" when message asks you if you are sure. This will disable the McAfee Anti-Virus program.

Turn Off McAfee Security Center

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Double click on the red "M" at the bottom right corner of your computer. This will open McAfee Security Center.

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Click on "Real-Time Scanning:on" to create a menu. Click on "Scheduled Scan Settings" on the right. Click on "Turn Off". This will turn off all scans scheduled for your computer.

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Click on "Firewall" on the McAfee Security Center menu. Click on "Settings." Click on "Turn Off." This will disable the firewall and your McAfee Security Center is now disabled.