McAfee is one of the best antivirus software available in the market right now. If you have purchased a McAfee product from a physical store, you will most likely to get a card along with the CD. This card helps you download and activate the McAfee protection on your device. McAfee AntiVirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection, McAfee All Access, McAfee Family Protection, McAfee Live Safe are some of the products which can be activated through retail card. In this extensive post, we are going to take a look on how to activate/redeem McAfee retail card? We would also cover all the common issues and their fixes.
How to Activate/Redeem McAfee Retail Card
Activating the McAfee retail card is fairly easy. Follow the steps below and it would be done before you know it.
Step 1 – Open McAfee Retail Card Activation Page
If link is not working, kindly do a Google/Bing search for “redeem McAfee retail card”
Step 2 – Choose the right country and enter the pin located on the back of the card.
Step 3 – Now click on the Download, It will initialize the download and once the download it finished. Run the setup to install the program. While installing the program, do not select the custom installation option. It might get tricky.
Unable to Update McAfee Antivirus
Sometimes McAfee shows this problem, it is also not exclusive to the McAfee. Many antivirus program suffer from this issue. Sometimes it would take forever to download the updates, or sometimes update would go just fine but after the updates were installed. It will show that your computer is at risk. Your antivirus needs to be updated regularly to ensure your computer is protected from new infections and viruses. The main reason behind this problem, is proxy server is blocking McAfee from downloading the updates.
How to Fix McAfee Update Problem
You can change the proxy setting to ensure that updates are being downloaded. You can do that via going into Internet Properties and then Connection settings.
Alternatively you can download the McAfee tool to manually update the signature and Antivirus.
Link – MSCPRXFIX.EXE tool.
Unable to Uninstall McAfee Antivirus
McAfee sometimes comes pre-installed with new device and after uninstalling it some of its components are still on your device. This may result in slowing your PC down and they can eat up the resources. It happens because registry created by windows is stopping you from uninstalling the complete software. Tool ( McAfee Uninstall tool ) you are using is not a latest one.
Fix for McAfee Uninstallation Problem
You can try to uninstall the program using Windows program manager. You can also try to restart your computer. Alternatively you can use the safe mode and then try to unistall the program.
If you are still having troubles, you can use the third party uninstaller programs to help you with this situation.
If that doesn’t work, you can use the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool. You can download this tool from the link given below
Link – MCPR
After downloading the tool run it and follow the on screen instructions to being uninstalling the McAfee software you want to get rid of.
You can also use Registry cleaner tool to get remove the Mcafee registry which was preventing it form being uninstalled. There are many registry cleaner tools available for free.
Note – If you are not familiar with the registry cleaning, we would suggest you to not manipulate with them. Since wrong steps can lead to windows corruption.
How to Uninstall McAfee Site Advisor
SiteAdvisor is a free product that comes as a standalone plugin that runs with your browsers or an integrated module within a McAfee security suite you may have purchased. Depending on which of the two you have the instructions for uninstalling will be different. It can be installed on Google chrome, Internet explore and Firefox.
Even though it is not a big issue to remove Site advisor, but it can slow down your browsers. You can easily remove it from extensions and disable it. Alternatively you can remove it from Program and Feature in Control panel. Make sure all the browsers are closed on your computer. Now go into the Add and remove program. Select the McAfee Site advisor and click on unistall/remove.
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