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Your McAfee software says your computer is at risk

Last Updated on May 29, 2017


If your Mcafee.com/activate software finds a problem, you will see that an In danger message along with your protection standing in the Security Centre will change from green to reddish or grey. Get Support for Mcafee by www.mcafee.com/activate total protection experts.

You may notice:

  • At risk – Verify Update
  • At risk – Turn on Real-Time Scanning (old product variations show Real-Time Scanning: Off)
  • At risk – Turn on Firewall (old product versions show Firewall is Off)
  • At risk (with no additional qualifier)

Choose the message below that best fits what you see on your screen. After that, follow the steps to fix the issue.

NOTE: You may want to restart your PC to solve the issue, therefore bookmark or favourite this article to get back to it immediately.


  • Before beginning: Check for updates.
  • Right-click the M-shield icon near your PC’s clock.

Click Check for upgrades:

  • If your PC is current, click the message below which best matches the message you visit.
  • If an update is available, it is going to start automatically. Wait for it to complete.
  • Once the update finishes, restart your PC.
  • After restarting, assess to see if the message still shows.
  • If you still find out your personal computer is At risk, click on the message below that best matches with the message you view.

At risk – Verify Update

At risk – Switch on Real-Time Scanning

  • Step 1: Attempt to turn Real-Time Scanning on manually
  • Step 2: Run McAfee Virtual Technician (MVT)
  • Step 3: Boot to Safe Mode, then boot normally
  • Step 4: Assess incompatible software and eliminate it
  • Step 5: Reinstall your software

At risk – Turn on Firewall

  • Step 1: Attempt to flip the Firewall on manually
  • Step 2: Run McAfee Virtual Technician (MVT)

At risk (without the additional qualifier)

Different conditions can cause the status bar to reveal At risk (with no additional qualifier). As an example:

Your McAfee software might be installed, but is out of date.

To check this:

  1. Ensure you checked for updates as described at the start of the article.
  2. If you are unable to upgrade:
  • Follow the steps in www.mcafee.com/activate to confirm that you have a valid subscription.
  • Confirm that your PC is on the Internet.
  • If you’re still unable to update, contact Technical Support.
  • Your McAfee software may not be fully installed (an significant part the software might be missing).
  • One or more McAfee software files might be corrupt (the software may not run properly if a document is damaged).

To Repair either of them, remove and reinstall your McAfee software:

  1. Click on the link to your version of Windows. You will visit Microsoft.com.

Follow Microsoft’s removal steps:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8, 8.1
  1. Reinstall your product:
  • Go to www.mcafee.com/activate.
  • Log in to your McAfee account.
  • Click My Account.
  • Close the install helper if it appears.
  • Select that the PC you are currently using.
  • Click Download.
  • Select the suitable product subscription.
  • Click Download again.
  • Click I Agree to continue into the setup process
  • Follow the onscreen directions to set up and configure your McAfee product on your computer.