How to Run a Virus Scan in McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 is the latest version of McAfee AntiVirus Plus series. The security solution has a ‘Plus’ appeal with a built-in firewall, antivirus & anti-spyware, web & email protection, and contemporary user interface showing a chest of drawers among other tools and utilities. With this brand new security software, you may need help running a virus scan on your PC. Considering this, we have designed a free McAfee antivirus support guide that will help you run a virus scan properly and schedule an auto-scan also.


Before we begin, we presume that you have the McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 installed on your computer. If you don’t have, look for the McAfee setup kit. It will have a McAfee installation disk, McAfee setup support manual. If the program came preinstalled with your computer, there is no need re-install it. If you don’t have the McAfee disk and the program is also not installed on your computer, open your browser and visit the McAfee website. Download McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 and install on your PC. When done, you will see a McAfee shortcut icon on your desktop and/or in the system tray.

For a pre-installed McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012, if this is the first time you are running it, you might be prompted to register with McAfee. So, enter your first and the last name, and a valid email address. When prompted, set up a password, confirm it, and continue with the registration. When done, the program will check for latest updates and install them. You can push the updates back if you want to run them later on.

Look for the M icon and double-click to open it. As mentioned above, you can find it either on the desktop, the system tray or taskbar. When in the McAfee AntiVirus Plus console, you will see an overview of the security status of your PC, update status, subscription, tools, and features etc. Under Features, you will see Virus and Spyware Protection, Web and Email Protection, Data Protection, and PC and Home Network Tools.

Click the drop-down arrow on the Virus and Spyware Protection strip. You will see a list of features viz. Scan Your PC, Real-Time Scanning, and Scheduled Scanning etc. open up. Click the Scan Your PC link. You will now see the scan options viz. Run a quick scan, Run a full scan, and Run a custom scan. Choose an option, click on it, and then click the Start button to begin scanning your PC. If you suspect a malicious activity in your PC, choose to run a full virus scan.

If you want to continue working on your previous tasks, click the Run in the background option before clicking the Start button. This way the virus scan will run in the background and will show up only when it completes. If you want to see the scan progress, click the M icon and the console will open up. If the program detects a Trojan, virus, or potentially unwanted program, it will either automatically remove it or prompt you to take an action. Choose what is shown on the console screen.

If you want to schedule auto-scans to avoid facing the hassles of running manual scans, get back to the Virus and Spyware Protection strip on the console. Click the Scheduled Scanning link. You will see that the Scheduled Scans feature is enabled. Under Schedule Your Scans, click the radio button beside Set my own scan schedule. Click the drop-down arrow and select a time period. Also select the particular day to automatically run the scan on. For optimal performance of your PC, click the box beside Scan using minimal resources. Also check the box Start scan only when the PC is plugged in. Click the Apply button to save the changes. Click the X button to exit the McAfee Antivirus Plus 2012 console.

Additional Info:

The default virus scans run weekly viz. every Wednesday or Friday as preset by McAfee.