1. Please open Internet Explorer and click Tools -> Internet options.
2. Please click on Connections tab.
3. Click LAN Settings… and a window named LAN Settings will open.
4. Please uncheck all options and click on Ok.
5. Please close Internet Explorer window.
Let me know what happens.
Thanks for trying - it didn't work though. I'm using mobile broadband, could it be something to do with that?
The McAfee representatives went through loads of things with me, including editing scripts, allowing a technician to remotely control my desktop, changing security settings etc. but nothing has worked
Apparently the only thing which will work is a product code which I can't obtain. So annoying!
Just a couple of thoughts.
1. Is your system clock accurate for both time and time zone?
2. Did you download from the Dell/McAfee page or from the McAfee direct page? The Dell page (correct one) is here: https://home.mcafee.com/Secure/Protected/Login.aspx?affid=105
If from the wrong page try uninstalling, running the cleanup tool signing out and back in again on that page and see if you can activate after downloading again.
Yes, the clock and time zone were set when I first used the computer on Sunday and went through all the ususal first use settings.
I didn't download it. It came pre-installed by Dell on the computer, not on a disc or from the internet, and without a product key. Therefore I don't have a McAfee account with the product listed.
I followed your link and created an account, then attempted to activate the pre-loaded product again. I entered my account details and now instead of the 'please wait while we connect to McAfee.com' message I just get a waiting for... screen for McAfee account home, which never loads.
McAfee told me they needed a key from the CD used to install it - but Dell don't use CDs to install it, from what I can gather it appears it's a mass install code which they don't give out. I spoke to their customer service bods but they were totally useless. You would have thought McAfee would have a record of Dell's code, but that's probably beyond what the customer service reps can access.
It seems hopeless, and I don't know whether it's an issue with McAfee, Dell or my system - doubtful as it's a brand new system with only the pre-installed programs and an internet program installed, there's not much that could have gone wrong.