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Questions about McAfee Total Protection

I recently acquired a key for McAfee Total Protection for free from my school. I have always used Windows Defender on my PC and never really thought about using antivirus protection with Windows 10. Is McAfee necessary in 2021?

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Re: Questions about McAfee Total Protection

Hi @ashrimega,

McAfee offers different features which secures your computer from viruses and online threats. The features offered by McAfee and their functions are given below.



Scan your PC

Runs a quick, full, or custom scan to eliminate viruses, spyware, and other threats.


Controls the information that your computer sends and receives from a network.

Vulnerability Scanner

Finds and installs the latest software updates for Windows and your programs.

  • Checks for potential security issues in your Windows files and installed programs.
  • Scans for software updates to repair any vulnerable Windows files and programs. Also provides a detailed scan report that shows the number of updates found, and a description of each update.
  • Automatically installs updates, or you can select only the updates you want installed.
  • Provides a summary of installed or incomplete updates. Also lets you know if there are other updates you need to install yourself.


Improves system performance by allowing you to erase unnecessary files, such as old installers and temp files.


Protects your privacy by permanently eliminating files that contain sensitive information.

Automatic Updates

Automatically downloads product and protection updates.

Real-time Scanning

Continuously protects your computer against malware and other threats, by instantly checking files anytime you or your computer access them.

My Home Network (Home Network Defense)

Gives you an overview of the devices in your home network. Helps you recognize and fix security issues on other devices that also use McAfee software.

Scheduled Scan

Allows you to schedule your scans to run at a time of your choosing.

Quarantined and Trusted Items

Review and deal with items that you or your product have flagged as potentially harmful, or safe and to be trusted.

McAfee WebAdvisor

Adds ratings to search results and websites, to help inform you about the risk of the websites you visit.

Uses McAfee TrustedSource to verify the safety of these websites.

Traffic Monitor

Tracks and analyzes your network and internet activity.


Along with the above mentioned feature you can also use VPN services with your subscription .

To activate your activation key, kindly follow the below article 

How to activate a McAfee product subscription with a product key 


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