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McAfee Firewall – How to enable and disable it.

McAfee Firewall

McAfee Firewall is a built-in security feature included in your McAfee cybersecurity software. It scrutinizes security threats incurring by way of network traffic on your device. However, at times it interferes with the functioning of connected devices like printers etc. As such, you can temporarily disable McAfee Firewall for such purposes. 

Disable McAfee Firewall

You should follow the below-specified steps to conveniently disable McAfee Firewall on your computer.

For Windows

Open McAfee Program

  1. First of all, you should click on your Window’s “Start” button.
  2. Now, type in “McAfee” in the “Search Bar” of your “Start” menu. Then, press the “Enter” key on your keyboard. 
  3. Consequently, you will get another window with a list of options. Hence, select “McAfee Total Protection” located at the very top of this window.
  4. Alternatively, look at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen in the Taskbar. Here, you will find the “McAfee” icon beside the “ClocK”. Now, click on it to open the McAfee SecurityCenter window.

Turn-Off Real-Time Scanning

  1. Now, click on “PC Security” on the following window.
  2. Then, click on “Real-Time Scanning” located on the left panel of the next window.
  3. As a result, it will take you to another window for  “Real-Time Scanning” settings. Here, click on the “Turn Off” tab on the upper right-hand side of the window.
  4. Then, look for the “When do you want to resume Real-Time Scanning?” drop-down menu. Now, click on it to expand it. Next, you should select an appropriate option from this list. On the contrary, if you will not make any selection. Then, it will be set to its default “15 minutes”.
  5. Thereafter, click on “Turn Off”.
  6. Now, click on the “X” icon at the top right-hand corner to exit the “Real-Time Scanning” window.

Turn-Off McAfee Firewall

  1. Once again, look on the left-hand panel of the McAfee window for “Firewall”. Then, click on it.
  2. Subsequently, click on the “Turn Off” tab located at the upper right-hand side. However, in case if the Firewall page is blank. Then, this means McAfee Firewall is already disabled.
  3. Now look for the “When do you want to resume Real-Time Scanning?” drop-down menu. Then, click on it and select an appropriate option from the expanded list. 
  4. Thereafter, click on “Turn Off”.
  5. Consequently, it will disable your Antivirus Firewall until the time specified to resume it automatically. 

Exit The McAfee Firewall Window

  1. Finally, click on the  “X” icon at the top right-hand corner to exit the “McAfee Firewall” window.

For Mac

Open McAfee Program

  1. First and foremost, you should click on the McAfee icon located at the top right-hand side of your Mac’s Menu Bar. However, in case if you can’t find this icon. Then, click on the magnifying glass icon located at the top right-hand corner. Next, you should type in “McAfee”. Thereafter, click on the “Internet Security” option.
  2. Now, click on “Total Protection Console” from the expanded menu box. 
  3. Consequently, it will open the McAfee program. Now, click on the “Home” tab at the top left-hand side of the window.
  4. Next, you should click on the  “Settings” tab to expand it. For this, look for the green colour gear icon at the top right-hand corner.
  5. Then, click on “Real-Time Scanning”. 
  6. As a result, it will take you to the “Real-Time Scanning” window. Here, you should look for the “Lock” icon at the bottom left-hand corner. Next, click on it. As such, a pop-up box will prompt you to provide your “Mac Administrator Password”. Hence, carefully enter the password. 
  7. Thereafter, click on “OK”.
  8. Subsequently, click the “Real-Time Scanning” switch. You will find it at the top right-hand corner of this window.
  9. At last, close the “Real-Time Scanning” window.

Turn-Off McAfee Firewall

  1. Once again, click on the green “Settings” icon located at the top right-hand side of the window.
  2. Now, click on the “Firewall” tab from the expanded menu box.
  3. Consequently, it will open the  “Firewall” settings window. Here, you should click on the “Lock” icon at the bottom left-hand corner. Thereafter, a pop-up box will prompt you to provide your “Mac Administrator Password”. Hence, carefully enter the password. 
  4. Subsequently, click the “Firewall” switch. You will find it at the top right-hand corner of this window.
  5. At last, close the McAfee “Firewall” window.

Exit The McAfee Firewall Window

  1. Finally, click on the  “X” icon at the top right-hand corner to exit the “McAfee Firewall” window.

Enable McAfee Firewall

For Windows

  1. To begin with, open the antivirus software on your device to enable the McAfee Firewall. Windows users can search it from the “Start” menu. While Mac users should locate it from the Menu Bar.
  2. Thereafter, click on the “PC Security” or “Settings”(green colour gear icon) tab to expand it.
  3. Now, click on “Firewall”.
  4. This is an additional step for Mac users. Click on the “Lock” icon at the bottom left-hand corner. Then, enter your Mac password when prompted and click “OK”.
  5. Subsequently, click on “Turn On” or the “Firewall” switch located at the top right-hand corner.
  6. As such, it will enable the McAfee Firewall.
  7. At last, close the McAfee “Firewall” window.

The above set of instructions allow you to enable and disable the McAfee Firewall as per your requirements. However, leaving McAfee Firewall disabled for a prolonged period can turn out as a security threat.

The other issues related with Mcafee, visit www.mcafee.com/activate.

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