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The "not fully protected..." is actually only half the message. There's more and that gives you the reason why it's not fully protected. Like the DAT file, virus signature files, are out of date. What you could do is to completely uninstall the McAfee software andand then reinstall it . Just follow these steps in this document: How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee consumer products using the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe)
So there's no other way besides downloading the provided link and re-installing the McAfee product? When I purchased my desktop from DELL, they gave me 30-days trial of McAfee preloaded when I first turned on the computer. What would I need to click on the link on page since I manually installed the 2009 McAfee total protection software? Afterwards, I decided to purchase the 2009 McAfee total Protection software. I just don't understand how the 2009 Total Protection McAfee software could be outdated? Thanks.
If you got the computer from Dell then it has a Dell/McAfee version on it and it will get the updates from a different location then when you install the software from the McAfee website or installed it from a CD.
In this case it is the best thing to do to completely uninstall the softwre and reinstall it from the site you purchased the 2009 McAfee Total Protection software. If you got it from the McAfee site then download/install it from there.
It is confusing, it's even confusing for the software. But if you install the software that you got from the McAfee site over the Dell/McAfee software then even the software gets confused... even I am confused now...;)