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At this era of technology, the use of laptops and PCs have served a great purpose. But, because of the vulnerability of these electronic machines, harmful malicious files affect the system. Hence, users make sure to get an antivirus to protect the system. 

The problem occurs when antivirus such as McAfee real-time scanning won’t stay On when you start the computer. This error means that each time you start the system, you’d have to open it and run the anti-virus manually. 

It is nothing but hassle as well as time-consuming. The drawback of this situation is that McAfee will refuse to scan the files and folders as well. Hence, to resolve this issue, follow this article until the end so that you can get the solutions. 

Methods to Resolve: McAfee Real-Time Scanning Won’t Stay On Windows 10

There are certainly some methods written below that you can apply if McAfee real-time scanning won’t stay On Windows 10:

Method 1: Enable Real-Time Scanning

In this method, you will be enabling the real-time scanning via “Security Center”. To do that, here’s what you need to do:

  • First, open the “McAfee” window from its icon on the desktop and then launch the “Verizon Internet Security”.
  • Then, click on the “Navigation” option. Now, when the list of the menu appears, choose the “Real-time” option and then click on the option that says “Turn On”.
  • Now, go back to the main page of “Security Center” and check that the “Real-Time” scanning stays on. 
  • After that, you can exit the “Security Center” and check if the method worked or not. If not, then follow the next method.

Method 2: Run MVT ( McAfee Virtual Technician)

As this tool is an automated functional tool, running it on the system will resolve issues that are related to McAfee software. First, you need to download this tool from a verified trusted website. 

Downloading from any random site will result in malware attacks and virus intrusion. Once, you’ve downloaded, install it on the PC and then run it. 

If there are internal issues related to McAfee, then this tool will show you a list of the possible fixes that it will undergo. Once that is done, restart the system and check if McAfee is automatically On or not. 

Method 3: Run “OAS” File On Utility

To apply this method, first, visit the official website of McAfee and then download and install the “Utility” application from there. After you’re done installing, locate the “oas-disabled-fix.cmd” file and then double-click on it. 

Doing so will run the file on the system. The file will disable the McAfee application until you restart the system so that it starts automatically when you restart the computer. After restarting, check if the McAfee is automatically on or not. 

Method 4: Run the “SFC Scan” Function

This method will run the in-built scan within the computer to check for any underlying error. To do that, read the following steps:

  • First, go to the “Start’ menu and write “Command Prompt” or “cmd” in the search bar.
  • Now, when the result appears, right-click on the “Command Prompt” and among the list of options, choose “Run As Administrator”. 
  • Now a black box will appear, where you will have to type in “sfc/scannow” where the cursor blinks. And then hit the “Enter” button. 

This will scan the system and look for any error. Now, simply after the scan is done, restart the PC and check if McAfee is running at the start or not. 

Method 5: Get Rid of Other Antivirus Software

It is fairly obvious that if a system consists of more than one security software, then the chances are that both the security software will have collision and conflict causing this particular error. 

Go to the “Start” menu on the bottom left corner and then in the search bar, type “Control Panel”. When the Control Panel box opens, locate and click on the option that says “Uninstall”. 

Now, among the list of options, choose the security software that you would like to get rid of, by right-clicking on it. Now that the software is removed, exit the Control Panel box and then restart the operating system to check if the issue is resolved or not. 

Method 6: Reboot the PC

Often times, rebooting the system from scratch one can solve internal issues as the default settings once start running again. To reboot, do the following:

From the “Start” menu, search for “Settings” in the search bar and select it. Then, in settings, choose the “Update Security” and then click on the “Recovery” option.

Now, click on the “Restart Your PC” option. Upon doing so, you will see an option called “Troubleshoot”, select it. Then, choose the option that says “Restart” in the settings called “Startup”. 

This will boot the system in “Safe Mode”. Now, as the system starts, check if the error has been resolved or not. 

Method 7: Additional Hacks

Often times, without you realizing, the issue could generate from the drivers being of an older version. It is advisable that you look for the newest drivers available for the system. If there is an updated version of the driver available, then download install it right away.

As you know that McAfee antivirus software fully runs on an internet connection, hence, try and check if the internet connection is good enough or interrupted. Restart the router and then re-connect it to the PC to check if McAfee turns On automatically. 


If you experience the issue after implementing all the above-mentioned solutions, then do not worry! As you can drop your queries in the comment section. In addition to this, you can also place your suggestion below if you think we missed anything!