Use the following instructions to configure the McAfee AntiVirus software on your Mac to be automatically updated daily and scanned weekly.

To set automatic daily updates:

  • 1. Right-click on the McAfee icon located in the status bar.
  • Status bar with McAfee Icon located at the top of computer screen in upper right
  • 2. Select McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac Preferences.
  • Drop-down menu showing McAfee Security Preferences
  • 3. Click the padlock in the lower-left corner if is locked.
    If the padlock is unlocked continue to step 5.
  • Image of closed lock icon in Security Preferences window
  • 4. Enter your computer's password and then click OK.
  • Image of window to enter your computer's password
  • 5. Click the Update icon.
  • Image of Update icon
  • 6. In the Update window:

    • Click the Schedule tab.
    • Select Daily from the drop down and then select a time.
      IMPORTANT: Be sure to choose a time when you know your
      computer will be on and connected to the internet.
    • Click Apply and then click the padlock.
  • Image of Update window where update schedule settings are made

You have now set McAfee to be automatically updated daily and can close the window.

To configure McAfee to scan your computer weekly:

  • 1. Right-click on the McAfee icon, select McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac Console.
  • Status bar with McAfee Icon located at the top of computer screen in upper right
  • Image of drop down menu to select Security Console
  • 2. Click on the + button in the lower left corner.
  • Image of plus button used to add a new scan
  • 3. Enter a name for the new scan like Weekly or whatever makes sense to you.
  • Image of box to enter a name for the scan
  • 4. Select your computer from the What to scan drop down.
  • 5. Select Weekly and then a day and time from the When to scan drop downs.
  • Image of drop down menus to select in Security Console
  • 6. Click Schedule Scan.
  • Image of Schedule Scan button
  • 7. Click OK in the Task scheduled box.
  • Image of Task scheduled box.

Your antivirus is now set to scan your computer weekly on the day and time you have selected.