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McAfee is considered to be one of the best antivirus software available to date. It's ultra-advanced threat protection technology, high-end features, and strong firewall constitute a formidable defense against the ever-increasing online attacks and infection. If you have recently joined hands with McAfee, you have to first complete the process before you can enable the stringent McAfee protection on your devices. If you don't know anything about it don't worry though this guide will give detailed instructions in a step by step manner to assist you at every stage of the McAfee activate procedure.

Full process

  • Step 1: Redeem the McAfee subscription activation code from the mail or the retail card.
  • Step 2: Go to the McAfee activation page, type in your activation code, and activate the McAfee subscription.
  • Step 3: Sign-up for the online McAfee web portal.
  • Step 4: Access the McAfee account dashboard, download the McAfee antivirus and Install it On the system.

Detailed steps to retrieve your product activation code

  • In an online McAfee product purchase, you must have received an email with your purchase details and the license code.
  • Launch the email application you use and look for the mail from McAfee.
  • Open the mail it will contain with other details, the 25 characters secret McAfee activation code.
  • In case of an offline purchase open the box packaging. You will find a retail card, turn it back. Here on the backside with activation and installation instructions, there will be the activation key too.

Detailed Steps for McAfee subscription activate process at

  • First and foremost - Ensure internet connectivity. Check that your router is enabled and you can browse the internet.
  • Next, open a web browser like Chrome or Firefox on your PC.
  • At the upper end of the window, you will find the address or URL bar. Type in and press the enter button on the keyboard.
  • The url will take you to the official McAfee activation page.
  • On the McAfee online activation page look at the upper right corner of the screen, you will find the option to select your Country and Language.
  • Specify your Country and the Language. The activation page sometimes detects the region and fills the details automatically, but you must ensure that the details are correct and make the required changes if need.
  • After that, move to the center part of the screen. There will be a box for entering the McAfee Activation Code.
  • In this box enter the McAfee license activation code, you received via email or retail card.
  • Next move to the mail address box and type in an email address. Make sure it's working as this will be later used for McAfee account registration, then click on the 'Submit' button.
  • The page will prompt you to confirm the email address. Check the email once and if you want to make any changes click the Edit button and do the alteration.
  • If everything is right and you don't want to make any changes, click the Verify button. Your McAfee activation will be notified for the same and will be prompted to move over to registering a McAfee account.

Detailed Steps for McAfee account sign-up process at

  • For McAfee, account registration launch a browser and in the URL box type
  • When you reach the McAfee online webpage, move to the bottom of the screen. Locate the Go to My Account box and click on it.
  • You will notice the page is decided in two parts, one for McAfee account login and the other for new account registration
  • In the account registration part of the page give a click to the Register Now button.
  • A page with the McAfee account registration form will open up. In the first two boxes type in your First & Last name.
  • In the email address box type in the same email, you entered while activating your McAfee subscription.
  • Next is the password field, type in a strong, hard to crack password which you want to be associated with your account.
  • When you are done entering all the details, go through it once again.
  • Now click the 'I Agree' button to give your consent about the license terms & conditions. This will conclude the process and register an account tied to your McAfee subscription and containing all the McAfee license subscription details.

Detailed steps to download and Install McAfee antivirus at

  • Fire up your PC and launch a browser. Type in the url for the McAfee login page in the address bar -
  • On the login page type in the McAfee account email and the password and log in to your McAfee account.
  • Now open the download tab. On the download page click the downward arrow next to McAfee products to expand the list of the available McAfee products for your subscription and choose the one you want to download.
  • Next, select the operating system option next to the product to specify for which OS you want the McAfee product installer file, and then click the Download button located under the product option.
  • On the next page, tickmark the statement that you have read the license agreement terms and again click the Download Button.
  • If your browser prompts you, indicate the location where you want to save the file. Normally it's the download folder. After that just wait for the download to finish.
  • When the McAfee installer file is downloaded on your PC navigate to the location where the file is download. For example, if the file was downloaded in the download folder, navigate to that folder.
  • Find the McAfee installer file and double click it to launch the installer dialogue box.
  • Click the Install button to begin the antivirus installation. When the installer prompts you, about the default or custom installation confirm the option of your choice. With custom installation, you can choose a specific location to install the files.
  • After the installation is finished the installer will notify you by displaying a message. Now you can run the McAfee application and start the system scan.

Troubleshooters to remove any hindrance during the process

Invalid Product key error

If while entering the activation key, you receive an invalid product key error, it means you made a mistake while typing in the activation key.

Delete the entry then re-type it again. If you have the code in the mail simple copy-paste. Don't type individual characters as it increases the chance of errors.

Invalid Activation URL

If you could not access the McAfee activation page, it could be due to an incorrect URL. Check that you are entering the right URL which is

Invalid Account Login Details

If you face difficulties while trying to access the McAfee online account, make sure that the email address and the password you have provided is correct.

An error message stating "We're sorry, but we're having technical difficulties at this time. Please try again later"

While McAfee product activation and account sign up make sure that you choose the correct country and language details.

After reviewing this information if the error still persists give it some 30 minutes and see if it resolves itself.