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Tn
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How to Stop McAfee Notifications/Popups on Windows Desktop?

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Periodically McAfee Total Protection pops up an intrusive advertisement or pointless notification on our Windows desktops, interrupting our work. I attached a montage of some that I captured. I have turned off every relevant setting that I can find, and searches so far seem to indicate that these popups cannot be disabled. I consider these to be SPAM and reflective of an intrusive design philosophy that does not value a customer's time and priorities.

Does anyone know how to disable McAfee notifications/popups? I've used McAfee for many years and am due for renewal next month. If these intrusions cannot be turned off then I need to find another security solution. 

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Tn
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Re: How to Stop McAfee Notifications/Popups on Windows Desktop?

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I'm happy to report that I have discovered the solution to this problem. Note how McAfee starts this process with a lie:

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Uninstalling McAfee automatically reverts to Windows Defender. Protection never lapses.

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I would like to thank the McAfee marketing department. Without their offensive disruptions I would have blindly renewed my subscription and never realized that there are many superior security suites available.

 

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Rajiv__s
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Re: How to Stop McAfee Notifications/Popups on Windows Desktop?

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Hello @Tn ,

Sorry about the inconvenience these pop ups are information alerts we have a option to disable these alerts open McAfee UI click on settings>> General Settings and information alerts>> Information Alerts>> make sure the check box is unchecked and click on apply. This should disable the alerts if in case you still face any problem kindly reply to this post.

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Rajiv S

Tn
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The "WARNING Your virus protection is expiring!" billboard popped up again yesterday while I was engaged in important work. It forced me to click "Accept risk" despite that fact that I have 7 weeks remaining on my subscription! I'm finding it difficult to entrust my security to a company that engages in such an intrusive, deceptive and threatening practice.

"Informational alerts" is definitely unchecked. Any other suggestions?

Thank you.

 

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Re: How to Stop McAfee Notifications/Popups on Windows Desktop?

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Again, the "WARNING Your virus protection is expiring!" SPAM billboard hijacked the desktop on a different Windows machine while it was in use for work. I have 7 weeks remaining on my subscription and "Informational alerts" is unchecked (photo attached). 

Is there anything I can do other than change to a different security product? If McAfee has no qualms about randomly covering a quarter of the desktop with a blue overlay and an "Accept Risk" button, what's next? Full blue screen with a "Pay Ransom" button?

 

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Unbelievable, McAfee itself is behaving like a virus/ransomware. Despite the fact that I have all alert and notification settings for McAfee turned off, and regardless of the 6.5 weeks that remain on my subscription, this more threatening spam screen overlay appeared on 2 of my PCs while they were in use for work:

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McAfee continues to interrupt our work with deceptive popups:

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In this case, anyone trying to quickly dismiss the intrusion could inadvertently alter their browser!

Does McAfee offer any control over desktop popups other than this?

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Unbelievable. Immediately after my last post McAfee SPAMMED me with this:

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Again, despite a month remaining on my subscription, McAfee Total Spam blocked my Windows desktop with a blue screen overlay:

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Is there no setting to prevent these threatening and intrusive disruptions from McAfee?

Re: How to Stop McAfee Notifications/Popups on Windows Desktop?

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This is marketing group doing this when I was a Volunteer mod here we volunteers tried to get this stopped or at least turned off manually but even the managers could not get this changed.

I expect mine will start in 4 months or so as well. I am unsure if this inability to stop has changed but I do not feel it has sorry.

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Thanks for the reply. McAfee has attacked my desktops with a couple more blue overlays that I've already posted screenshots of, and this new one today:

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McAfee is just 2 small changes away from becoming ransomware: go full screen and remove the Accept Risk button. Hijacking Windows desktops in this way is the worst marketing intrusion on customers I've seen from a mainstream professional Windows software company. What's next? Random takeovers of the whole desktop for 5 minutes to demonstrate the "dangerous online threats"? 

The solution appears to require dropping the McAfee subscription and buying a reputable competitor. Does anyone have recommendations? 

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