Use the following instructions to configure the McAfee Antivirus software on your Windows computer to be automatically updated daily and scanned weekly.

To set automatic daily updates:

  • 1. Right-click on the McAfee icon in your task bar. (usually located in the bottom right corner of your computer).
  • Status bar with McAfee Icon located at the top of computer screen in upper right
  • 2. Select VirusScan Console.
  • Drop-down menu showing McAfee Security Preferences
  • 3. Right-click on Auto Update and select Properties.
  • Image of closed lock icon in Security Preferences window
  • 4. Click the Schedule button.
  • Image of window to enter your computer's password
  • 5. Select the Schedule tab and ensure that
    Run Task is set to Daily
    Every is set to 1.
  • 6. Click the Apply button.
  • Image of Update icon
  • 7. Click the OK button and click it again on the next window.

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 and select VirusScan Console.
  • Status bar with McAfee Icon located at the top of computer screen in upper right
  • 2. Right-click on Full Scan and select Properties.
  • Image of plus button used to add a new scan
  • 3. Click the Schedule button located in right sidebar.
  • Image of box to enter a name for the scan
  • 4. Select the Schedule tab and ensure that
    • Run Task is set to Weekly
    • Select the day and time that works best for you.
    • Ensure that the Run if missed box is checked.
    • This sets the scan to run as soon as it is able to if your computer happens to be off during the scheduled scan time.
  • 5. Click the Apply button then the OK button.
  • Image of box to enter a name for the scan
  • 6. Click the OK button on the next window and close the window.

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