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How to stop McAfee pop-ups?

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Nothing kills a new device’s user experience more than random annoying pop-ups imploring you to install additional software or throwing ads in your face. McAfee, while a reputed brand otherwise, is often found guilty of this considering how often new computers come with a free trial of the antivirus that keeps showing random pop-ups to get users to install it on their machines. 

In this article, we’re looking at three ways you can get rid of McAfee pop-ups on your computer. 

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Disable the pop-ups

The obvious first step here is to disable notifications from McAfee. This will ensure that the antivirus is still working in the background while you don’t get any pop-ups. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Open the McAfee dashboard and click the settings gear icon in the top right followed by General settings and alerts. 

Step 2: Select Informational Alerts and disable the checkmark asking to allow notifications. You can do the same with Protection Alert as well. 

Step 3: Finally, click the Apply button to save your changes. 

McAfee shouldn’t send you notifications anymore. 

Deleting the McAfee WebAdvisor extension

If you’re using the McAfee WebAdvisor extension, the only way to get rid of these notifications is to disable the extension itself. 

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Head over to chrome://extensions and disable the McAfee extension. It shouldn’t show you any notifications after being disabled. 

Delete McAfee

Last but not least, completely getting rid of the antivirus will, of course, remove any notifications you get from it as well. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features. 

Step 2: Find McAfee in this list and click on Uninstall. 

Once the program has been removed, restart your PC and you’ll be good to go.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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