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McAfee keep telling me "your computer is at risk"

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    McAfee keep telling me "your computer is at risk"

    my antivirus software McAfee keep showing me that he need update . i check for updates and it say "your programs are up to date " and after a second it tell me again my computer is at risk . can any body tell me why ? afraid that im hacked i scanned my computer with malwarebytes but no malware found !! thank u
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    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64

    Try doing full scans with Malwarebytes and McAfee in Safe Mode. If either find anything, let them remove it. You can also try uninstalling McAfee and downloading the most recent version from their site and installing it to see what happen's.
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64

    Run at least a quick scan with McAfee and if you haven't already, run a full scan. Many of the virus/malware programs post an "Computer at Risk" message if a scan is not run on a periodic basis like once a week. This time parameter can also be set with some of the AV programs. Many of the AV programs can also be set to automatically run scans on a schedule set by the operator.

    I think your McAfee is probably up to date and if it is not set to automatically run scans and if a scan has not been run in a while that is likely what is triggering the message.

    I second the first responder with the recommendation to use Malwarebytes in addition to your current AV program. It is one of the best available and you can download a free version.
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    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7

    There is apparently a problem with program updates on your system. Make sure your update settings are such that updates pass - best is automatic.

    If an AV program cannot update the program or especially the definition files, it cannot do it's job. That's what this is all about.
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    I would dump McAfee at your earliest available opportunity and replace it with Windows Defender, MalWareBytes Pro and CCleaner.
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    Things that generally trigger those kind of alerts are if either the AV hasn't been allowed to run it's regular maintenance scan or if you are inadvertently clearing the logs by using a cleaning program, such as CCleaner.

    And as WHS suggested, there may be a problem with the updates. They may be d/l ing, but not updating due to some internal error because of malware or the AV itself.

    McAfee has a "less the stellar record" & it might be a good idea to consider another AV. You can look here & weigh the pros/cons of each AV.

    What's the Best Anti-virus? - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    update settings set to : download and install updates automatically
    and i just run a full scan no malware found
    but keep saying update available
    but forget it 6 days till subscription to expiry so i wil replace it with Windows Difender
    im not worried anymore . scanned with malwarebytes and analyzed the processes and no malware or suspicious found
    thank u all
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    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64

    Get Bitdefender Internet Security 2014. It's better than Windows Defender, which it/MSE haven't done well in any recent test's at protecting against any malware. Here's a link for a 2 year subscription to it. - Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years
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    When you uninstall McFubar, be sure you use an uninstaller. Normally all you need is the uninstaller tool, but I've also included links to a couple articles relating to uninstalling the AV:

    Uninstallers for common Antivirus software

    Uninstallers (removal tools) for common antivirus software - ESET Knowledgebase

    McAfee removal:

    Uninstall McAfee

    How to Uninstall McAfee Security Center
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    I test AV "in the real world" and MSE/windows Defender does a fine job. I use it at home and it works especially well in conjunction with MalWareBytes Pro and CCleaner Pro.
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