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McAfee products safeguard the computers against viruses and other malicious programs. All McAfee products must be activated using a unique key in order to prevent illegal distribution of its software. You can download updates or reinstall your McAfee product from the McAfee website after you've activated it. You can now activate your McAfee in three easy steps by entering the product key at www.mcafee.com/activate my account. 1. Type in your activation code: Examine the card you purchased, and you will find a 25-digit McAfee activation key. Fill in the blanks with your information. 2. Login: To log in to your McAfee account, go to "My Account" and enter your email address and password. If you do not already have an account, you must create one and then log in to it. Next, select your McAfee product from your list of authorized purchases and download it to your computer. Run the installation process once the program has been downloaded. 3. Protect yourself: Don't forget to run a thorough scan on your computer. Your computer system is safe after it has been scanned. 4. Before redeeming McAfee security, read the instructions on the McAfee retail card carefully. 5. If you purchase your product from McAfee's official website, you do not need to activate your software. 6. If you purchased your product from a McAfee partner, such as HP, Dell, or Acer, you must activate it after installing the software. It's interesting to learn that McAfee services' retail cards have made life a little easier. You do not need to install your security software from a CD if you purchase a McAfee retail card for any of your products today. Instead, the McAfee retail card allows you to download your software directly from the internet. If you have a problem with your internet connection, downloading your product key may be difficult. In such cases, a McAfee CD or DVD would be preferable. Also, if you need to re-install your product quickly for any reason, CDs and DVDs are ideal because they contain all of the necessary files in one location.