Windows 10: McAfee Solved

  1.    31 Jan 2017 #1

    McAfee


    Hi, when I bought this Dell Inspiron 15 5555, it came (No choice) with McAfee Antivirus. Now this is running out, and it wants me to renew for 2 Years (£69.99). So my question is, "Is this the best for me?" or what other alternatives can anyone suggest. What is the*package that most people use?*

    How about the *“Windows Defender” that comes with Windows 10? Is this good enough? After all it comes preloaded. (But not used if another Antivirus is running)!

    (Have to decide by tomorrow if I want their deal.)
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  2. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 x64 Home Build (Redstone(1)) 15063.608
       31 Jan 2017 #2

    billt4g said: View Post
    Hi, when I bought this Dell Inspiron 15 5555, it came (No choice) with McAfee Antivirus. Now this is running out, and it wants me to renew for 2 Years (£69.99). So my question is, "Is this the best for me?" or what other alternatives can anyone suggest. What is the*package that most people use?*

    How about the *“Windows Defender” that comes with Windows 10? Is this good enough? After all it comes preloaded. (But not used if another Antivirus is running)!

    (Have to decide by tomorrow if I want their deal.)
    Dump McAfee and use Windows Defender
    I had McAfee on all my laptops and got rid off
    Windows Defender now doing the job and all ok
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  3. Posts : 15,559
    Win 7 32, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 64 Pro, Win 10 64 Education Edition
       31 Jan 2017 #3

    Some folks believe McFubar (McAfee) should be classified as a virus itself.

    If you remove it, be sure to use the removal tool to clean out as much as possible of the AV.

    Download the MCPR tool from http://us.mcafee.com/apps/supporttools/mcpr/mcpr.asp and save it to a temporary folder on your computer.
    How to uninstall McAfee Windows security software using the Consumer Products Removal tool
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  4.    31 Jan 2017 #4

    So you also think Windows Defender should be sufficient?
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  5. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 x64 Home Build (Redstone(1)) 15063.608
       31 Jan 2017 #5

    billt4g said: View Post
    So you also think Windows Defender should be sufficient?
    Yes I have only that on all my laptops and no trouble at all
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  6. Posts : 3,723
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       31 Jan 2017 #6

    Me too, just Defender (and a little common sense, like not clicking links in strange emails).
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  7.    31 Jan 2017 #7

    Thanks guys, I guess that makes up my mind.
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  8.    01 Feb 2017 #8

    Make sure you clear all remaining leftovers for McAfee. ProgramData folder; Probably the AppData (inside Users folder) and even some leftovers at Program Files\Common Files (both x86 x64 folders).

    Open Regedit and search for McAfee keys inside the two HKCU/SOFTWARE and HKLM/SOFTWARE BRANCHES. But be very careful and make a registry backup first if possible.
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    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       01 Feb 2017 #9

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    Make sure you clear all remaining leftovers for McAfee...
    McAfee provide a removal tool that can do that.
    Download and run the MCPR tool:

    1. Download the MCPR tool from http://us.mcafee.com/apps/supporttools/mcpr/mcpr.asp and save it to a temporary folder on your computer.
    https://service.mcafee.com/webcenter...3Dthrqlgsqg_49
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  10. Posts : 145
    Win 7 Ult + 2 x Win 10 Pro - all x64
       01 Feb 2017 #10

    I see one drawback to only using Windows Defender. That means you are now using Windows Firewall which unless tweaked, which can be complicated unless 3rd party software is used anyway, provides only one way protection - inbound. The McAfee suite took care of all that for you automatically.
    I am a long-time customer of McAfee and find their software excellent and like all software has an occasional glitch, but overall is totally reliable. They recently won awards with it. Also top of the polls, late 2016, I suggest shopping around for the best price though.
    Critics often slam their (& others' too) suites as being top-heavy, well with most of the upper tier of suites you can custom install only the components you want, unless restricted from doing so by your Administrator or by the provider of the software itself (ISP or PC maker for instance).
    In my case I omitted the Anti-Spam and Parental Controls portions as I either had that covered or didn;t need it..
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 01 Feb 2017 at 11:25.
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