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Should I try to uninstall McAfee?


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#1 twinsdad

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 10:49 AM

Six year-old Compac desktop running W98SE. It came with McAfee, still there, never updated. Installed AVG6 many years ago. BC helped me do a full system restore late last year, now have AVG7, a firewall, and all of the protective goodies recommended by BC. Browsing only with Firefox 1.2. Everything now seemingly working fine (but now that the gremlins heard me say that, things will go wrong :thumbsup: )

So here's my question: Should I attempt to uninstall McAfee? My dad used to say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Is McAfee hurting anything (i.e. is it a resource hog)? And if the answer is yes, uninstall, how best to do it (Control Panel, add/remove or via CCleaner, either way in Safe Mode?)

I'm fussing about this because concerned that McAfee is tangled up in things I don't want to screw around with (like the Registry) and maybe it's best to let sleeping dogs sleep. Any and all advice would be appreciated, no hurry.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:29 AM

Get rid of it!!! :thumbsup:

First:
Running 2 antivirus' (or firewalls) is never a good idea because they can conflict with each other. Stick with AVG.

Second:
Yes, it is a 'resource hog'.

Third:
Go into Control Panel - Add/Remove programs and get rid of it there. Make sure you uninstall all app's that have "mcafee" in it ;)

Good luck.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:11 PM

Here's some links I found on removing McAfee.
It seems to give some people trouble.
McAfee Help
Uninstalling McAfee
Uninstall McAfee
Mcafee program removal
Removing McAfee from registry
Manual removal of McAfee
McAfee VirusScan Uninstall Error
Can't uninstall McAfee Virus Scan?
Uninstalling Mcafee Virus Scan

I hope some of this, helps you in your decision.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 08:55 PM

Thanks for both posts and (to TG1911) for the links. Looks like I've got some studying to do.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 10:02 PM

No problem, twinsdad.

Those don't even scratch the surface.
Want to do some studing? :thumbsup:

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