Sunday, July 18, 2010

McAfee Siteadvisor Setup

McAfee seems to feel the heat, maybe generated by Microsoft Security Essentials?

McAfee’s IMHO very valuable Siteadisor service is increasingly being used to run with settings that help only McAfee and not the unsuspecting end user.

Here is a short tutorial on how I would set Siteadvisor’s options. This is based on the currently latest version of Siteadisor.ScreenShot001

Click on the little vertical arrow to the right of the green (or grey) McAfee icon in the right bottom corner of the Firefox window. 

Then click on Options and in the General tab set “Add color-coded highlighting…” to Yes.


In the Secure Search tab Un-check the check box by “Add Secure Search to…”.







I strongly suggest NOT to set Yahoo as the browser’s home page and NOT to use McAfee’s so called Secure Search as your browser’s default search engine.

Update July 18, 2010:

Just this moment I had to do remote support to help a customer who did not see the McAfee icon in the right bottom corner of the Firefox screen.ScreenShot005

1.   The status bar was turned off. Naturally you can’t see something that is being displayed there if the status bar is turned off. You turn it on here:


2.   Almost every add-on in Firefox can be independently disabled or enabled. In this customer’s Firefox the McAfee Siteadvisor add-on was disabled. You can check and/or change that by clicking Tools, Add-ons. You get a window like this:
Highlight Extensions and find McAfee Siteadvisor. If the marked button reads Enable then it is disabled; click on Enable to do just that. You have to restart Firefox for the change to take effect.

End of Update July 18, 2010 

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