Free 6 months of McAfee VirusScan Plus!

Software Description

The following is a description of McAfree VirusScan Plus, as per the developer:


Detects, blocks, and removes viruses, spyware, adware, even rootkits—insidious programs designed to tamper with your PC.

Two-Way Firewall

Blocks outsiders from hacking into your PC.

McAfee SiteAdvisor

Helps you know about a website’s risks before you click to stop malware threats. Advanced “phishing” protection alerts you to websites that may try to steal your identity or gain access to your financial information. Provides site ratings in 22 popular search engines.

Update Time

Improved update time thanks to numerous performance enhancements.

Scan Time

Rely on real time scanning to automatically protect you against threats to your PC. Subsequent full system scan speed is faster so you won’t be slowed down.

Memory Utilization

Reduced memory footprint means less impact on your day-to-day PC activity.


Smaller download size enables you to quickly get up and running.

Home Screen

Completely re-designed to streamline your security experience. Easily check the status of your protection, monitor how many threats have been blocked, and manage your security—all from the Home Screen.

Idle Timer & Scheduler

Reserve security scans and updates for when you are not using your PC, for less disruptions.

Alert System

Re-configured to give you the most crucial product alerts. Alerts are less intrusive and easier to understand.


Safely removes junk files that slow down your PC.


Digitally destroys no-longer-needed sensitive files to prevent anyone from accessing them.

Disk Defragmenter

Get quick access to consolidate fragmented files and folders.

dotTech Advice

Along with Norton, McAfee dominated the anti-virus market in the early 2000s. During this time there wasn’t too much competition (not as much as there is now), so both products weren’t too well polished, being bloated and have not-so-good detection rates. With more competition in the market today, both Norton and McAfee have turned their game around. While not necessarily the lightest – in regards to footprint – both have excellent detection rates now. In AV-Comparatives’ August 2010 On-Demand Comparative, McAfee AntiVirus Plus rated an excellent 99.4% overall detection rate; although it must be noted it has “many” false-positives. (No McAfee products were tested in AV-Comparatives’ Reteroactive/Prospective test, for some reason.) On the other hand, McAfee Internet Security 2011’s firewall rates very poorly in Matousec’s firewall tests. It must be noted, though, Mautosec’s firewall tests treat the firewalls as standalone; and many firewalls in security suites are designed to work hand-in-hand with the security suite’s other components. So while many firewalls for security suites may fail Matousec’s firewall tests, that does not mean they are crap. That just means you should never run those firewalls alone with the other features of the security suites mentioned.

Although I personally wouldn’t install either McAfee on my computer (I see no reason to use them since I am happy with my current security solution), with such great malware detection rates it is hard to say “stay away from McAfee”. If you are not happy with free security software and are looking for a paid solution, this is your chance to grab 6 months of McAfee VirusScan Plus for free; grab it if you want it.

Freebie Details

To get 6 months of McAfee VirusScan Plus for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: The latest version… I forgot to get the exact version number before I uninstalled. :-(

Free updates: Yes, for 6 months

Supported OS: Windows XP SP2+ (32-bit)/Vista (32/64 bit)/Win7 (32-64 bit)

Download size: The actual download is only 3 MB, but it downloads a 1 MB installer which downloads 100 MB of McAfee VirusScan Plus

  • After register an account with McAfee (if you have one already, login, but these directions assume users don’t have an existing account):

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from with the subject of Your McAfee Account?. In the e-mail there is a link you must follow to confirm your account:

  • At the confirmation page, click on My Account:

  • At the next page, click on the Download button:

  • After the download has finished, run the installer. You will have to login to your McAfee account:

  • Once you have logged in, follow on-screen instructions to install McAfee VirusScan Plus. There are no special instructions needed… it is a pretty standard install. Since this 6 months is a “trial” and not a “license”, there is no need to register anything; once installed, your 6 months “trial” is automatically activated.
  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting 6 months of McAfee VirusScan Plus for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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  • J.

    I had a two month free trial of McAfee, now I have upgraded to six free months.Thanks so much
    for the link I really appreciate it :)

  • Dwight

    I gave up a 3 years pre paid license of McAfee Total Security which I bought with my Dell laptop.

    The antivirus module could only detect dialers and would detect legitimate files as Artemis virus very often and let go real virus infections in the computer. I continued with the software and finally when they upgraded the GUI to the current green one, my Windows 7 would hang often prompting manual shut downs, almost daily. It was actually damaging my hard drive by manually shutting the system. Apart, the GUI interface controls became sluggish and unresponsive. I then decided to uninstall McAfee and buy license for Norton Internet Security 2011. I am extremely pleased with the new NIS 2011 installation and is a breeze to navigate theough the interface. No virus problems too after the change…

    No wonder, a software company once considered the very best now fails miserabely in recent virus laboratory testings and now have to push their product with such free offers of 6 months/1 year and so on….

  • Casey

    Short and sweet: I despise McAfee.

  • Toast

    @jayesstee: Their tactics are, in my opinion, akin to scareware tactics. Why? Just like you said, the flashing red warnings yelling “UNPROTECTED! Renew now for protection from possible viruses on your computer!” just scream at the computer illiterate who had it pre-installed on their PC. It’s an awful tactic. There are free services that can get the job done better (i.e., MSEII and Avira are the two best), but McAfee scares its users to get their money…

  • Brandon

    A few months ago, a McAfee update disabled hospital computers. And that’s in addition to all the other bad reviews I’ve read. But I also read about a definitions update for Avast causing such problems a year ago (but I started using it after that). I just hate when you can’t count on security software to prevent self-induced destruction. The last update to McAfee SiteAdvisor caused problems in Firefox for me, so I’m not willing to try an entire standalone product from them. If only things were as good as they sounded.

  • jayesstee

    I agree with Brown #7,
    I had McAfee Total protection, with which was OK for 6 months. Then I had a large update, after which it went haywire with most functions disabled. Eventually it claimed I was unprotected and flashed red warnings. After 3 weeks of trying to get attention from McAfee, another large update seemed to cure it.
    (This was just after McAfee’s famous XP update blunder.)
    All I got from them was standard solution of downloading McAfee Virtual Technician, which was tried on 3 seperate occassions without even being able to get it to run. Eventually I sent a message wich ended with the following:
    “I am beginning to feel that I not dealing with real people. I believe that my messages are being read by some clever software which is picking up keywords and sending automated, standard responses. Do me a favor by proving you are real and tell me who was the last (before the current one) President of the USA?”
    In spite of sending several reminders, I never received any further emails until renewal time. You might guess that I didn’t renew! I’m a satisfied AVG user. McAfee? Never again. Be Warned!

  • Brown

    Personally, McAfee has caused me so much grief in earlier years that I would not even THINK of putting it on any of my systems.

    If it comes to McAfee or no AV at all, I’m going with no AV at all. Yep, I dislike that company *just* that much.

  • robertmc8

    Don’t waste time with mcrapfee as I called it. It slows down your system. So far best Anti-virus and firewall is CA Internet Suite 2010 :D. I got free threw roadrunner no issue what so ever.

  • prema

    you guys want to hear a joke:

    ~no offense ot them, but when free stuff can get the job done at a better, quicker rate, why waste time with McAfee?

  • Saralou

    While I probably need a firewall other than Windows (Returnil really messed things up and I can’t tell if Outpost Security Suite is doing anything) a lot of folks would have to say really good things for me to do McAfee.

    I think it was the first security software I bought in the early ’90s. Didn’t play nicely with my DTP software … ever.

  • MikeR

    Thanks for the heads-up, but like you, I’m happy with my existing security set-up. And I’m especially happy that it’s *not* McAfee.


    Twice in recent times I’ve had to help friends who’ve been caught out by McAfee’s auto-renewal billing of their credit cards. In neither case was an email received from McAfee to say a subscription was being renewed. And in both cases it took a while to get the money refunded.

    Auto-renewal billing really is the pits: there’s no reason whatsoever for any commercial enterprise to indulge in such tactics.

    I’ve no idea what may be required by McAfee in terms of information sought from those who take advantage of this offer, but if registration involves handing over credit card details, then my advice would be to keep well clear.

  • Years ago I installed McAfee on one of my machines. It worked Ok but was very invasive and inundated me with status pop-ups. It also proved a bugger to remove and I had to clean out a whole load of junk from the registry and system.
    I have read that these days it is much better but frankly I have no desire to put it to the test.

  • acr

    I don’t really have a lot of good to say for McAfee either but I know some people really like it. My brother swears by McAfee. And they have gotten a lot better post Artemis. Facebook had some giveaway if you “like” their page- I believe you get the wave secure (mobile), site advisor and security scan all 6 month licenses. But you had to link to McAfee from Facebook which I didn’t want to do. But with the VirusScanPlus (VSP), WaveSecure, and Security Scan (since siteadvisor id included in VSP) any McAfee fan will have a field day with all these freebies.