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McAfee Free Antivirus Beta released and you can download it now

McAfee Free Antivirus Beta released and you can download it now

by AshwinAugust 21, 2015

Popular security software maker, McAfee, has released the first beta version of its Free Antivirus  product.


This happens to be the first free anti-virus from the Intel owned security firm, obviously not counting the trial versions it has offered over the years.

How to download McAfee Free Antivirus Beta:

  1. Visit the official McAfee Beta website.
  2. Click on the Try Now button, and read the End User License Agreement, and accept it.
  3. This will initiate a download of the setup file named “McAfeeFreeAVInstLight.exe”. It is just 1.1 MB in size
  4. You can then use the file to begin the installation process on your PC.

While I generally avoid McAfee as a whole, some users may like their products. Be warned however that, since this is a beta version, it may not be a good idea to try it on your primary computer. I suggest trying it out on a virtual machine first.

Also worth noting is that, McAfee Free Antivirus Beta is not compatible with existing security products. So you can’t use it as a backup scanner, you will have to remove any existing security product to install the beta version of McAfee Free Antivirus. Well, it’s never a good idea to have more than one Antivirus on a PC, so this shouldn’t be a major issue.

McAfee Free Antivirus Beta works on all versions of Windows from Windows 7 and above.

You can see the Windows 10 logo displayed in the UI of the app (seen below)


The free anti-virus doesn’t have advanced features, well it is free, but still, competitors offer better options for the low price of free too. All that McAfee Free Antivirus Beta does is protect your PC in real-time. BetaNews reports that you will also be given an option to install the McAfee WebAdvisor (the same which you see when downloading Adobe Flash Player). Disappointingly, the option for running a scan manually is not available. The option for the same (Scan Now) is grayed-out, but the presence of the words “coming soon”, is a good sign.

Oddly though, you can disable the real-time scanning from the system tray. There is a threat log, which reports detected malware. The GUI of McAfee Free Antivirus Beta looks nice, with a flat design which is now popular in many modern Windows apps.

Notice the subscription status in the above image? It’s a bit funny isn’t it, considering that it’s a free program, but even the EULA mentioned “you can return the product within 30 days of purchasing it”. These however could just be because it is a beta version.