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How temorarily disable Mcafee Security Center

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / August 30, 2008 8:22 AM PDT

When installing software or playing certain resource-intensive games, I'd like to disable McAfee temporarily. There no longer seems to be a rapid way to do this, but I'll bet there really is. Can anyone help?
-- Dave K.

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It isn't as simple as it used to be unfortunately,
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 30, 2008 2:37 PM PDT

or fortunately,

Double-click the taskbar icon to open the Security Center
Click Advanced Menu (lower left)
Click Configure (left)
Click Computer & Files (upper left)
VirusScan can be disabled on the right.

Do the same via Internet & Network for Firewall Plus.

Found it at the McAfee forum:


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Thanks, Marianna.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / August 31, 2008 5:55 AM PDT

Sounds like a Pita to have to do repeatedly Sad
-- Dave K.

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Right and simple answer to disable McAfee Security Center
by epastrana / April 10, 2009 6:10 AM PDT


you are right, it isn't as simple as it used to be but ...

it works!

Thank you for your advice and for making our lives less complicated.

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Disabling Anti Virus and Firewall.
by confused65 / October 27, 2009 11:16 PM PDT

I have McAfee installed on my computer. With operating system Windows XP. The Computer is a Dell Dimention 4550 desktop.
Iam wanting to change the settings on my printer which is a HP Photosmart C6180 All-In-One printer-scanner-Fax and copier. To a network connection, at the moment it is connected with a USB cable. Following the HP manual I get as far as connecting then, it gives a warning that it has detected I have a firewall and Anti-virus, and that it could interfere with the new connection. These need to be temporary disable for me to carry out this connection. I am able to disable the firewall (which is shown in my security Control Panel) When it comes to Anti-Virus I am unable to disable that. I would appreciate and welcome any suggestions as to how to disable the Anti-Virus

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Remove McAfee
by 48chevy / November 1, 2009 2:45 AM PST

I have seen more computers with viruses have McAfee then any other AntiVirus program. I would remove it and get a free antivirus like AVG.

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Windows 7, 2010
by daniel_oconnell / December 13, 2010 9:37 AM PST

I'm having the same prob-- temporarily disabling McAfee. There is no Advanced Menu in the lower left on my 12/2010 version.

Any other ideas? I can't seem to use task manager to kill the processes, and I already unchecked all the startup options via msconfig...

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or you could
by multivoxmuse / December 13, 2010 11:15 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 7, 2010


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Which McAfee Product?
by Carol~ Moderator / December 13, 2010 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: Windows 7, 2010


Which McAfee product do you have installed? When you open the Security Center, is there a "real time scanning" option, which leads you to its settings?

I don't know which (specific) product this is, but have a look here.

Let us know the name of the product, if none of the above helps.


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Disable McAfee
by lewross / January 17, 2011 8:19 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 7, 2010

To disable the version you have: right click the bottom right screen icon, choose change settings, choose real time scanning,turn real time scanning off.I think this will help you.

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disable mcafee
by venkat2cu / April 9, 2011 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Disable McAfee

ya,i did the same,its working,its done !!

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