How to temporarily disable McAfee antivirus?

McAfee is leading the world of cyber security with its range of outstanding antiviruses and security software. The company has designed and developed its software to meet the diverse and continuously changing security requirements of both consumers and businesses. Once installed and activated, McAfee antivirus keeps on running in the background to make sure that no virus can attack your device or compromise your data.

However, there are a number of third-party applications that McAfee doesn’t allow to download. Similarly, the antivirus also keeps an eye on the software updates you do time-to-time. For added protection and enhanced security, it may stop you to execute those updates. To get rid of this situation, you can simply disable it for a while and then perform whatever process you want on your device.

(When you turn off an antivirus for a moment, your system gets vulnerable to the virus attacks and prying eyes of hackers. Therefore, it is recommended to turn it on back once you finish the necessary tasks.)

Here, in this article, we have provided you with the stepwise process to temporarily disable your antivirus:

Step 1: Disable the real-time scanning process

The first thing you need to do is to disable the real-time scanning process by executing these steps:

  1. Right-click the McAfee icon
  2. Go to Settings and then select Change Settings
  3. From this option, select Real-time scanning
  4. You will see a Turn off button on the Real-time scanning window
  5. On the left of this button, you will see “When do you want to resume Real-time scanning?”
  6. Choose the time from the drop-down menu
  7. Click Turn off

This will disable the scanning process; the next step is to turn off the firewall.

Step 2: Halt the firewall in action

  1. Right-click the McAfee icon
  2. Go to Change Settings and then choose Firewall
  3. You will now see a Firewall status window
  4. Hit the Turn off button
  5. Like the McAfee Real-time scanning, you will get the same option of choosing time period in McAfee Firewall
  6. Select the same from the drop-down menu
  7. It is recommended to choose “When I restart my PC” from the options
  8. Click the Turn off button once again, and it’s done

You have successfully turned off your McAfee antivirus. Enable it once you complete the tasks the McAfee antivirus was not allowing you to perform. For further information on how to temporarily disable McAfee antivirus, contact McAfee support team. Stay protected!

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