How to Install McAfee Antivirus 2016 - The Complete Guide

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Windows confirmation prompt

Operating System: Windows 10

Antivirus version: McAfee LiveSafe

Installing McAfee is very easy and done in a few quick steps. It took me approximately 10 minutes from start to finish.

Unlike Norton Security' installation, McAfee is up-to-date as soon as it's installed, and doesn't require you to perform additional manual updates.

How to Install McAfee Antivirus

  1. Download McAfee with our exclusive 50% discount:

     

    OUR PICK

    McAfee LiveSafe

     

  2. Run the installation of McAfee from your computer.
  3. Allow Windows to run the application when prompted for permission:

     

    Windows confirmation prompt

    Give Windows permission to run the installer

     

  4. McAfee will prepare the installation and once the installer is ready choose the "Complete" installation and click "Next"

     

    Choose a type of installation

    Choose a type of installation: I recommend the Complete option

     

  5. McAfee will download the installation files to your computer before installing the software.

     

    Downloading installation files

    The McAfee installer is downloading the necessary files

     

  6. After a short while McAfee will begin installing the files that were downloaded to your computer.

     

    McAfee software installation progress

    McAfee software installation progress

     

  7. When the installation is finished, you can choose whether to send or not to send usage reports to McAfee (anonymously).

    Unlike other AV brands, it seems that McAfee don't use this to improve protection, but rather to improve their own software. If that wasn't the case, I'd opt in, but since it's only for the company's benefit and not for improving security, I prefer to opt out.

     

    An option to opt in for anonymous usage statistics

    Anonymous usage statistics: I prefer to opt out in this case

     

  8. The next screen will prompt that the installation is complete, and you can finish the process. After you click "Finish" the software will activate.

     

    Installation complete

    Installation complete

     

  9. Once the software initiates, you can create a password to access all the security features your plan offers in one place on the web.

     

    Create a McAfee password

    Create a McAfee account password

     

  10. That's it! McAfee is now installed, and as I mentioned before, the virus definitions are already up to date so there's no need for you to update it immediately.

From this point you're completely protected to the best of McAfee's abilities.

If at any point during the first 30 days you're not pleased with McAfee, you can get your money back.

For such a case, you should bookmark our antivirus software reviews page and come back to us if you need a different security solution.

By Dennis Z

Privacy fanatic & online marketing guru

A millennial privacy freak who wouldn’t normally even put his first name anywhere, not to mention his last name or his photo. Having learned basic programming at the advanced age of 11, computers have always been a part of his life in every aspect.

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