Guys & gals,
I would like your opinions on McAfee Antivirus and Microsoft Security Essentials.
I get my antivirus programs, free, through my ISP, Time Warner Cable. Up until about a year ago, Time Warner supplied antivirus from California Associates (CA). While running this suite of software, there were a couple of occasions when I got alerts from CA, (during normal operaton or when doing a system scan) that a virus or trojan had been detected and removed. The performance of the computer seemed to be pretty good.
Then Time Warner switched to McAfee and I downloaded and installed it. Immediately, I noticed a significant decline in performance of the computer. It sometimes will take over half a minute to download a dozen emails. Other operations seemed to slow down as well. Also, in the year or so that I have been using McAfee, I have never gotten an alert, at any time, that viruses or malware have been detected. I've either been real lucky during the past year, or McAfee isn't doing it's job.
My next door neighbor also was using McAfee through Time Warner. She had a problem with her computer and had to call Microsoft for help. During the course of the conversation, the Microsoft tech told her that Microsoft Security Essentials was a better program set than McAfee, and he had her uninstall McAfee and download and install MSE.
Given my dissatisfaction with the way that McAfee has slowed down the computer, I am not adverse to switching to another suite of programs like MSE, as long as they are better than McAfee. May I please have your opinions on these two program suites or other suggestions for better AV software.
Thanx in advance,