McAfee Internet Security is an application that can protect your computer against malware and viruses. It's available free to all Shaw Internet customers. Below you'll find links to support articles that will help you install the app, run a virus scan, schedule virus scans, and more.


Learn how to use the app

Install the app

Learn how to install the latest version of McAfee Internet Security on your Windows computer.
Read: How To: Install McAfee Internet Security

Run a virus scan

Learn how to run a virus scan on your computer, to detect threats like spyware and viruses.
Read: How To: Run a virus scan in McAfee Internet Security

Schedule a virus scan

Learn how to schedule a virus scan to run periodically, to keep your computer secure.
Read: How To: Set up a scheduled scan in McAfee Internet Security

Use the Shredder feature

Like a paper shredder, McAfee Shredder will securely and permanently delete digital documents.
Read: About: Shredder in McAfee Internet Security

Use the QuickClean feature

QuickClean will help you identify and erase unnecessary files, e-mails, and junk that take up valuable space and slow down your computer.
Read: About: QuickClean in McAfee Internet Security

Configure parental controls

Setting up parental controls in McAfee Internet Security will help you to ensure that your child's online experience is safe and secure
Read: How To: Set up parental controls in McAfee Internet Security

Open a port

If you are using an app or device that won't work while McAfee Internet Security is running, you can open a port so the device or app can access the Internet.
Read: How To: Open a port in McAfee Internet Security

Uninstall the app

Learn how to remove the McAfee Internet Security app from your computer
Read: How To: Remove the McAfee Internet Security app

Learn more: As the developer of this application McAfee offers the most up-to-date support information.  If you have questions that weren't answered here try visiting McAfee Support.

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System requirements

Operating System 

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8 / 8.1
  • Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit) with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows XP (32 bit) with Service pack 3 or higher
  • Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit) with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher


  • 1 GHz processor or higher
  • 512 MB RAM or higher for Windows XP
  • 2 GB RAM for Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • 500 MB of available free drive space

Internet Connection

Supported Browsers for McAfee WebAdvisor for Vista and newer are listed below. Windows XP users will continue to see the existing SiteAdvisor toolbar, available in Internet Explorer 8, Firefox, and Chrome.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox (latest build)
  • Google Chrome (latest build)

Supported Email Programs

  • POP3 - Windows Mail, Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Netscape, IncrediMail, Thunderbird
  • MAPI - Outlook
  • Web - MSN/Hotmail, or email account with POP3 access

Required for Anti-Spam Toolbar Plug-In: 

  • Outlook Express 6.0 or later
  • Windows Mail
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 or later
  • Thunderbird 1.5 or later
  • Anti-Spam also supports any other POP3 email client (without SSL) and web accounts

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