McAfee is a good antivirus just make sure the exclusions are correct.


I have used Rockwell Automation software for many years now from younger versions to the latest version out running today. I have also ran into issues if I was installing some of Rockwell Automation’s software on a computer that McAfee antivirus was installed on. Software ranging from RSLogix 5000 or FactoryTalk View Studio, anything that deals with the FactoryTalk directory.

Early Experiences

In the early days of my career I would have just uninstalled the McAfee antivirus software from the computer and afterwards the Rockwell software would work completely fine. On the other hand, I would be left unprotected from a computer virus and if I didn’t install another antivirus that could potentially have the same issue. I will also note that installing and uninstalling will cause strange issues as well regarding the Microsoft Windows registry because no software completely removes all attributes in an uninstall.


What I know now

Later in my career I learned a better method to use for any antivirus software but in this example I will stay with McAfee. McAfee exclude

Go ahead and install all of the Rockwell Automation software that you need and once you are done then simply exclude the Rockwell software that you are using from being scanned by McAfee. The process of excluding the software from being scanned can depend on what antivirus you are using but the best practice is still to exclude the Rockwell software from being scanned.






Is McAfee bad for any Allen Bradley software?

In my opinion…No, like anything we do with software these days the attention to detail is what is important.


I hope this is helpful and if you would like the complete McAfee exclusion process then please feel free to leave a comment on this post and I will email you back.

I look forward to hearing from you,