UPDATE in April 2020: The free version is no longer available for download.
Up until now, barring top security vendors like McAfee, Kaspersky, and Norton, almost all other antivirus companies were offering a free, cut-down version of their antivirus software for Windows operating system.
McAfee Free Antivirus
Today, McAfee has released the first beta version of McAfee Free Antivirus software and is available for download now. The free version of McAfee Antivirus offers real-time protection against online threats.
The currently available Beta version doesn’t include much option. You can turn off real-time scanning and access protection under settings. Since this is the initial version of the software, it doesn’t offer an option for manual scan.
How to download and install McAfee Free Antivirus:
Step 1: Visit this page and click Try now button to download the web setup file of McAfee Free Antivirus.
McAfee Free Antivirus is no longer available for download.
Step 2: Run the downloaded setup file and click Next button. The setup will run in the background to continue the installation and might take a couple of minutes to complete the installation.
Step 3: Once done, you will see “The installation completed successfully” notification on your screen.
Step 4: Click on the McAfee Free Antivirus icon in the system tray to see the mail window of the software.
According to the minimum system requirements page of McAfee Free Antivirus, the current version of the free antivirus from Intel Security supports PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
In addition to Windows 10, the current version of McAfee free antivirus supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 as well. The antivirus works great on Windows 10 64-bit too!