Permanently Fix McAfee Red Icon
On-Access Protection alert is an advanced feature provided by McAfee to ensure complete safety of a computer system and the main reason behind turning the McAfee icon red. In order to disable the alert, follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Click Start Menu and move to Programs -> McAfee -> VirusScan Console. Right click the Access-Protection and click Disable. Now, leave the VirusScan Console open.
Step 2: Click Start Menu and select Run. In the run window, type “regedit" without double quotes. This will open up the registry editor window.
Step 3: Find the following key from the left pane of the registry editor window.
Step 4: In the right pane, enter a new DWORD value by right clicking and selecting New -> DWORD value. Enter this: APHitsPeriod as the value.
Step 5: Now, right click on this new value, and set its value to 0. Press OK to save the value. You can now exit the registry window.
Step 6: In the VirusScan console window, re-enable the Access-Protection by selecting Enable. Exit the VirusScan console.
You will now no longer receive event alerts, and your McAfee icon will never turn red.
NOTE: Turning off the red icon feature may free you from the trouble, but you may miss important security warnings that are important for the safety of your system.