For the past few weeks I have seen friends and family that turn to me for advice on their Windows PC’s that have installed McAfee Security Scan Plus.
Some of them thought it was a complete virus scanner program, which is not the case. Some thought it was a required program.
I have been wondering where it was coming from, since it appeared to be everywhere. I was not quite sure it was a legitimate program…
but I could easily remove it from windows using the add and remove programs dialog.
And today, after a week or so I stumbled upon it. It is an ‘optional install’ when you download Adobe Reader. Which is odd, why would you want to install a security product when downloading a document viewer?
What makes it even more obscure is the remark below the ‘Download now‘ button which states that ‘you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software‘.
At least I know now where it’s coming from and that it can be installed without a problem. But my advice would be:
DO NOT INSTALL McAfee Security Scan Plus when you install Adobe Reader.
To make it dead easy here is a picture stating what you should not do.
(Manually imported from old Tumblr blog at 2016-08-11 by Koen)