Free McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 17, 2008
Updated • Apr 12, 2013

McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 retails for $39.99 for a one year license normally but you can get it for free for a limited time. It runs on computers with Windows 2000 or newer Microsoft operating systems including Windows Vista and protects your system from various threats such as spyware, viruses, trojans and phishing.

I personally do not install software like this especially if it has Norton / Symantec or McAfee written on it. Still this might be useful for some and it is free after all. Here are the steps that you need to do: (Thanks to Raymond for finding another great offer)

Visit the Natwest website and click on the huge banner at the bottom saying Free PC Security, Protect your PC for 12 months with McAfee VirusScan Plus. This will lead you to a McAfee website that has a Register Now button. Click on that button and fill out the registration form.

McAfree VirusScan Plus 2008 Features

  • Safe Search, Safe Surf. McAfee® SiteAdvisorâ„¢ adds ratings to websites to help you avoid online dangers.
  • Home License Subscription Service. Automatically delivers the latest software features and threat updates and lets you easily manage security subscriptions for all your PCs.
  • Stops Viruses. Blocks and removes viruses and even stops them before they even get to your PC.
  • Stops Hackers. Protects and conceals your computer from hackers.
  • Blocks Spyware. Blocks spyware before it installs on your computer and removes existing spyware.
  • Improves PC Health. Cleans clutter off your computer so it stays healthy and secure.

It requires your name, email and a password. You might want to uncheck the options below the form so that you do not subscribe to those newsletters. Click on the I Agree button to proceed and in the next window on the Go To My Account button.

This should load the account window and you should see the McAfee VirusScan Plus 2008 subscription in a table on that page. A download / install button is available in the same row, click that button to download the file DMSetup.exe and execute it when the download is finished.

You should be automatically logged into your account, if not the option is given in the tool. Just click on the Download button to download the real product which takes a while. Once the download is completed you click on Install to install the product.

The Register Now link is not working all the time. My first test through up an error message. Just try it again and it should work after all.

Update: The offer is no longer available. I suggest you download and install a free alternative such as AVG or Avast instead.


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  1. kokoag said on September 17, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I most like this software.
    ialways use this one.

  2. khaliva said on February 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    think you very so mush

  3. carelos medina said on January 14, 2010 at 4:33 am

    hola com o estan todo bien

  4. hesham said on March 11, 2009 at 1:33 am


  5. hesham said on March 11, 2009 at 1:32 am


  6. mk said on January 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    i am very much intrested to use mcafe please send me

  7. asharam said on December 26, 2008 at 11:28 am

    free how can install

  8. asharam said on December 26, 2008 at 11:26 am

    how can install mcafee antivirus

  9. sandra Imbrogno said on November 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I want to install the free McAfee Security System. How do I do it without getting charged $39.00? Please help. Thanks, Sandy

  10. Anand said on November 13, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Grateful to you

  11. kannan said on November 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    thank you

  12. S.M.Mohammad Ali said on August 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I am interested to use & download this software to make my system free from danger.

  13. Jack said on July 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Where I can Download a software? I don’t know,thanks.

  14. Alex said on April 14, 2008 at 3:28 am

    Banner has been removed. Have to have a Natwest account to login now for the Mcafee offer. Sheesh.

  15. kuna said on April 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    how much it works?

  16. douglas greene said on March 17, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    May i ask why not and what you use and why?

  17. Bill said on March 17, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    “A download / install button is available in the same row, click that button to download the file DMSetup.exe and execute it when the download is finished.”

    When I click on that button, I get XP’s choice to run or save the file. When I click on “Run” the file downloads, but does nothing, i.e., does not run. When I click on “Save” the file downloads, but also does not run when I open it from my download folder.

    Same thing when I try to download it with my Download Manager.

    Any comments, suggestions, please?

  18. serik007 said on March 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks very much…

  19. vance said on March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    nice.. if your willing to slow your pc down hehe

    thanks for the post..

  20. z0iid said on March 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Just so it is out there – if you are going to actually purchase an A/V product, NOD32 from Eset is probably the best choice…

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