How to Fix McAfee Software Installation Error on Windows?

Posted by Alan Owen on April 8th, 2021

McAfee is a top-tier antivirus program, and it protects thousands of viruses and malware floating on the internet. McAfee is a cross-platform security partner, and you can install it on various operating systems.

If you ever faced an error while installing McAfee on your Windows PCs, then bade a goodbye to that error because we have the solution. Here is a look at all the possible errors you can face while installing McAfee on your computer systems and how to troubleshoot these errors on your own.

Make sure your PC meets the minimum requirements

Before you diagnose your PC for potential loopholes, make sure your PC is up to date with the latest software and hardware. Modern software requires modern PCs and if you are using an old computer system, probably something from before 2005, please upgrade your PC or PC components to the latest standards. Alternatively, below is a list of checks and settings you can look for before installing McAfee on your systems.

McAfee system requirements for Windows

  1. 2 GB RAM for Windows 7 and above.
  2. 500 MB free drive space.
  3. 1 GHz Processor.
  4. High-speed connection (probably broadband)

McAfee system requirements for MAC

  1. macOS 11 (Big Sur) macOS 10.15 (Catalina) macOS 10.14 (Mojave) macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) macOS 10.12 (Sierra) Mac OS X 10.11 Mac OS X 10.10.
  2. Hard drive space of up to 300 MB.
  3. High-speed internet connection.
  4. Apple Safari.

McAfee system requirements for Linux

  1. Ubuntu 20.4 Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu 16.04 (32-bit & 64-bit).
  2. Atom processor.
  3. Hard drive space up to 500 MB.
  4. 1-GB RAM or higher Integrated video memory.

Remove incompatible third-party applications

One of the main reasons you might be getting the McAfee installation error is incompatible programs installed on your computer. These software programs interfere with McAfee, and you might receive the installation error.

To remove third-party applications from your computer, follow the steps given below.

  1. Go to the Windows Control Panel.
  2. Search for the programs which are incompatible or might be causing issues with the installation.
  3. Also, uninstall McAfee or any other antivirus programs from your computer.
  4. Finally, restart your computer for the new settings to take effect.

Install McAfee Software Install Helper tool

You can try downloading and installing the McAfee Helper tool that eases out the installation procedure. Follow the steps given below.

  1. Go to the official McAfee website.
  2. Download McAfee Software Install Helper tool.
  3. Install it on your system.
  4. Your McAfee software will now install & reinstall your computer system.

At this stage, your installation error would have been fixed. However, if you are still getting that error, your PC might be infected with malware. Check out these tools to remove malware from your computer.


GetSusp is a malware removal program from McAfee. If you suspect your system might be infected with malware, you can opt for this program to remove any undetected malware from your system. GetSusp suspects any suspicious file on your system and automatically isolates data that might be causing the McAfee software installation error. McAfee recommends  Getsusp as it is the first choice for removing any unwanted programs.

McAfee Stinger

McAfee Stinger is another standalone program from McAfee that helps remove malware and viruses. While it cannot replace a full-fledged antivirus program, it can help remove specialized infections that interfere with the installation of McAfee on your computer systems. It deals with infected systems and helps to clean your computer for software installation.


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