May 8, 2011

Disable McAfee’s Annoying Your Computer is at Risk Messages

If you purchased a PC with McAfee AntiVirus Plus or installed it yourself, prepare for a terrible user experience. You will constantly be bombarded with McAfee popup messages leaving you to wonder, how to disable McAfee’s annoying your computer is at risk messages.

A solution to disable these messages and keep McAfee AntiVirus operating is not here; rather it shows what steps (to disable these messages) do not work and alternates to McAfee.

McAfee together with Symantec rtvscan are antivirus software with one of the worst user experiences in the industry. While Symantec’s rtvscan does this by running constantly and occupying 100% of your PC’s cpu, McAfee does this by constant annoying popup messages of ‘your computer is at risk’, which cannot be turned off.

McAfee’s noble intent is to notify the user that a software update is available and the software needs to be updated. It does this by forcing the notification upon the user with no way of turning the notifications off. The result – you will get notified constantly, several times a week. If you choose to update, the software will rudely occupy 100% of your cpu for a long time preventing you from doing anything else. If you do not update, it will keep displaying the popup messages again and again and again.

To turn off McAfee updates

Click Navigation > Automatic Updates > Turn Off

You would think this turned off the updates and the annoying popup messages. But, No!  the annoying popup messages will keep coming. And, there is no other way in McAfee’s control panel to disable the popup messages.

The only solution seems to be to deactivate McAfee software.

Click Subscription > Deactivate this software

And if that doesn’t work, go to Windows Control panel, Add/Remove programs and remove McAfee completely.

And, remember to remove your credit card information from McAfee (under Subscriptions), otherwise McAfee will continue billing your credit card forever.

How to stay protected without McAfee
  1. Do not use Internet Explorer, a major door for incoming malware on PC’s.
  2. Use a modern browser such as Google Chrome or Apple Safari
  3. Do not visit unknown websites or click on unknown links either on the web or email
  4. Type a websites URL in Google,, before going there.
    Google reports any known bad or infected websites
  5. Use free software such as MalwareBytes anti-malware or SuperAntiSypware and scan your PC periodically, when you want