How to install McAfee with or without a retail card?

McAfee is a global leader in the domain of online security. McAfee security solutions are appreciated worldwide for delivering hi-end protection to the devices against all kinds of online threats and hacking attacks. After you choose any of the McAfee anti-viruses, it needs to be downloaded, installed, and activated (via on your Windows, Mac, Android or iOS device.

To know more, read this article or contact McAfee customer service team. Please note you need a retail card to install and activate your McAfee activate subscription if the purchase has been made offline through a retail store. On the contrary, if you have purchased the antivirus through the official online store of McAfee then no retail card is required to install and then activate the subscription. Check out below steps for both the processes:
Steps to install McAfee without a retail card (Online Purchase)
Before you install the antivirus via, do the following to download McAfee activate file:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter the 25-digit McAfee activation code
    • To redeem it, check your registered email ID
  3. Enter your McAfee account login credentials and hit Log In a
    • Click Create a New Account if you don’t have a McAfee account
  4. Click Download your software
  5. The setup file will start downloading
  6. Now, run McAfee activate file to begin the installation process
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions
  8. You will be prompted by Terms and Conditions window
  9. Go through the entire T&C and click Install to proceed
  10. Wait until the process completes!

Steps to install McAfee with a retail card (Offline Purchase)

  1. Open the McAfee box you have received with the purchase
  2. Bring out the McAfee retail card
    • a. You will see a 25-digit unique product key on the back of it
  3. Follow the instructions listed on the retail card and go to
  4. Choose your preferred country and language
  5. Provide the activation code and the registered email address
  6. Click Submit and then Verify
  7. Do as instructed on the screen to complete the installation

After the installation finishes, proceed to McAfee activate process using the redeemed McAfee activation code. For any help or to fix an error occurred during the installation process, contact McAfee customer support team.

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