VMware recommends running antivirus software to ensure a secure and safe Windows experience on your Mac.

VMware has partnered with McAfee, Inc. to offer Fusion users a complimentary 90-day subscription to McAfee AntiVirus® Plus.


McAfee AntiVirus Plus is supported on the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit)

  • Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit)

  • Windows 7 SP1 x64

  • Windows 7 SP1 x86

  • Windows Vista SP2 x64

  • Windows Vista SP2 x86

  • Windows XP SP3

  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4


  1. Access the installer for the antivirus software.
    • When you create a virtual machine, after VMware Tools installs, a dialog appears prompting you to install McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Click Install to start downloading McAfee AntiVirus Plus.

    • In an existing Windows virtual machine, select Virtual Machine > Install McAfee AntiVirus Plus. The McAfee installation wizard appears.

  2. Click Next in the McAfee Security Center window to install the antivirus software into your Windows virtual machine.