McAfee Internet Security - McAfee WebAdvisor

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The new McAfee WebAdvisor is an add-on that comes with a customer's installation of McAfee Internet Security. WebAdvisor provides useful features to keep users safe while they search the web, including security checks, search, download, and password security protection. WebAdvisor replaces the McAfee SiteAdvisor with new features and a better user experience.


Please note: McAfee WebAdvisor is only available for Windows PC's running Windows Vista or newer operating systems.

Windows 10 Users: Please note that the McAfee WebAdvisor feature is not currently compatible with the new Microsoft Edge browser included in Windows 10. WebAdvisor is still compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome in Windows 10.



Access WebAdvisor Features

McAfee WebAdvisor Features

WebAdvisor Options Menu

Uninstalling McAfee WebAdvisor



Access WebAdvisor Features




Internet Explorer

WebAdvisor in Internet Explorer is now “toolbar-less” and is integrated in to IE’s own Tools menu.  Clicking “McAfee WebAdvisor…” from the Tools menu will bring you to its options page (see below).  McAfee WebAdvisor is no longer listed in IE’s “Manage Add-ons” section. The only way to disable/remove WebAdvisor from IE is to completely uninstall the feature, from the Windows Control Panel (see uninstalling WebAdvisor section).


McAfee Web Advisor Site Report



Mozilla Firefox

The WebAdvisor Add-on is placed at the top right of the toolbar, to the right of the Firefox Menu button.  The location of the WebAdvisor button is not customizable, like most other Firefox Add-ons. Within the Firefox Add-ons menu, WebAdvisor can be disabled for the Firefox browser.


McAfee Web Advisor view Site Report



Google Chrome

The WebAdvisor Extension is placed at the end of the address bar, beside the Bookmarks button.  Within the Chrome Extensions menu, WebAdvisor can be disabled for the Chrome browser.


McAfee Web Advisor


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McAfee WebAdvisor Features

Here's a list of features supported by McAfee WebAdvisor.


WebAdvisor Security Check

WebAdvisor will ensure that you have Antivirus and firewall defenses enabled on your computer. If WebAdvisor detects that either the Antivirus or Firewall is not active, you will receive a message asking if you would like WebAdivsor to resolve the issue. If you select "Fix now", WebAdvisor will attempt to resolve the issue automatically. If this is not possible, WebAdvisor will launch the Windows Security Center so that you can directly enable your security settings from there.


McAfee Web Advisor Action Needed


Search Protection

Search protection will occur by default when you make a search query online. Results will be listed with either a green check-mark, red X or a grey question-mark to give you some quick information about the security of the page. Green means that the site is tested and secure, red means the link is dangerous and may contain malicious links or downloadable materials, and grey means the link is not rated for security.


McAfee Web Advisor Search Protection



Surf Protection

If you navigate to a page that the WebAdvisor has discovered to be unsafe, you will see the following page displayed, and you will be given the option to either continue to the web page by clicking "Trust This Site", or navigate away from it by clicking "Back."


McAfee Web Advisor Trouble Ahead


Download Protection

If you opt to download a file from an online source, the WebAdvisor will scan it as the download takes place. If the download is discovered to contain malicious content such as a virus, you will be alerted and will be given the option to block the download, or accept the risk and download the file anyway.


Please note: This feature is currently only supported on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.




Password Protection

Any time you log into a service online, WebAdvisor securely verifies that the password you have entered has not been compromised by hackers. If the password has been compromised, you will receive a notification as well as a suggestion to create a new complex password. If you decide to accept the risk, you will not be warned about this password on this website on any future visits.


McAfee Web Advisor Security Alert




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WebAdvisor Options Menu

Changes within the WebAdvisor settings screen will affect all browsers where WebAdvisor is enabled.  From the options menu you can add sites to always trust, enable/disable search result ratings, or reset WebAdvisor to the default settings.


McAfee Web Advisor Options Menu



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Uninstalling McAfee WebAdvisor

McAfee WebAdvisor can be uninstalled without uninstalling the entire McAfee Security Center suite.  In the Windows Control panel, choose “Programs and Features”.  Locate McAfee WebAdvisor and select to Uninstall.


McAfee Web Advisor Uninstall


Follow the prompts to uninstall the McAfee WebAdvisor from all browsers on your computer.



McAfee Web Advisor uninstall warning




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