Spark Security Suite
Spark Security Suite is a software package that provides security for your computers when you are online. It uses award-winning McAfee technology so you can surf, shop, download, and email with peace of mind.
Our free security tools:
- Provide up to 5 FREE licenses per Spark Broadband or Dial-up package (sorry not available on Spark Mobile Broadband packages)
- Help stop viruses, block spyware, stop hackers, improves PC performance and secures your identity.
Before you download and install - it is important to check that your computer meets the minimum requirements.
Download Spark Security Suite
The initial download file is around 150MB and counts towards your monthly data or time allowance, please check the Broadband Usage Meter. The file can take up to 20 minutes to download on Broadband (depending on your connection speed) and may take up to 12 hours on a dial-up connection.
For a step-by-step guide, see our Security Suite Installation instructions.
If you have trouble installing or using the Spark Security Suite - try the McAfee help website.
Spark Security Suite keeps up to date by performing automatic updates. The Suite will check McAfee's server at regular intervals for updates to your virus protection, as long as you are connected to the internet.
Can I turn off automatic updates?
Yes, you can turn automatic updates off, but we strongly recommend you don't. If you want to change this setting (not recommended), follow the guide for configuring Automatic Updates. If your anti-virus software is not up to date, you will not have the full protection against the latest online threats.
Will downloading the updates for the Spark Security Suite count towards my monthly data or time allowance?
Yes, as with all other Internet traffic, updates to the Spark Security Suite will count towards your monthly data or time allowance.
Spark Security Suite works on computers running a Windows based operating system. For more details regarding system requirements, please see the about tab
Before installing Spark Security Suite, ensure that you remove any other Antivirus programs beforehand.
You can check this by going to Control Panel and Add / Remove Programs.
It is also recommended that you Disable The Firewall before proceeding.
Install Spark Security Suite
- Go to Spark Security Suite
- Enter your Xtra Username and Password
- Click Download Now
- Click Visit McAfee to download the Spark Security Suite components
- Click Next on the registration page
- Click Yes if your are prompted by a Security Information box
- Click Download
- Click I Agree if you accept the EULA
- Copy or make a note of your Serial Number and click Download
- Click Run in the following Security Boxes
- Enter your Serial Number when downloaded and click Next
- Select the Custom Option and Next
- Select the Components to install and Next
- Click Next if prompted to update your subscription details
- Click Restart
- During the process, click Next if you get a UAC box in Windows 7 or Vista
- Select Send Anonymous Usage Information to McAfee if desired
- Click Next if prompted to Turn on Windows Firewall
- Click Finish
The Spark Security Centre will now be installed and its icon will appear in the System tray.
How often is my anti-virus software updated?
Regular updates occur up to every 4 hours when new viruses are detected by McAfee. On average the updates are 100 kb. Please remember that they will count towards your plan's monthly data or time allowance. See more information on the Security updates.
I have a new computer. Can I download the Spark Security Suite again?
Yes, follow the guide to download and install on your new computer.
Is the Spark Security Suite available on CD?
Sorry, no. So we know you are getting the most up to date version, it's only available online.
I am having problems removing my existing anti-virus or security software. Where can I get help?
If the standard method of uninstalling your existing security suite is unsuccessful, we recommend you visit the manufacturer's web site and search for an un-installation tool.
Some common security suites and their websites are:
How do I tell which Spark Security Suite components I have installed?
Open the McAfee Security Center by double-clicking the M in the system tray. The four areas will be listed on the main page:
- Realtime Scanning
Each area will have the status: On, Current or Active. The Security Center is also a compulsory component - it is installed by default. If the McAfee installer detects a third party firewall, the Spark Security Suite firewall may not be installed.
How can I enable/disable the Real-Time Scanning or Firewall?
While we don't recommend turning the Scanning or Firewall off for any length of time, it is sometimes necessary if you are trouble-shooting your internet connection or email issues. See how to Enable/Disable your Real-Time Scanning and Firewall.
Is there any way I can control the sensitivity of the Firewall?
See setting the Level of Protection for the Firewall.
How do I uninstall the Spark Security Suite
We highly recommend that you have some form of Antivirus protection on your computer. See how to uninstall from your computer.
For help with an error received when trying to download and/or install Spark Security Suite, try the solutions below:
|The user name and/or password are incorrect|
|We provide each of our Spark customers with 5 free Spark Security Suite licenses. This error is caused by already having 5 licenses in use.|
|Incompatible program detected|
|This is caused by a firewall application such as Zonealarm, Avast or Norton Personal Firewall already installed on your computer. Spark Security Suite comes with a firewall built in so your options are to:
|Not enough free space available|
|You need at least 500 MB of free space available on your Hard Drive to install Spark Security Suite. To free up space, you can either
For step-by-step instructions on how to install, see the Install tab.
We also have instructions on uninstalling and reinstalling McAfee/Spark Security Suite.