I keep getting a "please activate"message. I've verified my subscription, which expires 12/13/09, I always click the activate now button when it pops up, but I still keep getting a past due activation message.
4. Launch Windows Explorer and delete all McAfee files in "Program Files" but especially in "C:\Document and Settings\<user>\Application Data" and "C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data". You have to set Windows Explorer to show all hidden files and folders (Tools > Folder Options > View tab). Just delete the McAfee folders even if they are empty in all the "Application Data" folders. Can be more than one! In Vista: C:\Program Files, C:\ProgramData and C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming (If you don't find any, then MCPR has done its job thoroughly).
5. Reboot and redownload/reinstall your McAfee products directly from your account at the McAfee web site.
Once the installer gets to the firewall part of the installation, it will turn off Windows Firewall automatically.