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McAfee Security On Windows 8 - Is It neccessary?

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#1 nivrip


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

New laptop, with Win8, has McAfee security on it. I've read that this is not neccessary as Windows defender is built in to Win8 and does a perfectly good job.


Should I remove McAfee?

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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:54 PM



McAfee is a resource hog and you will gain some performance improvement by uninstalling it. After uninstalling McAfee, run MCPR to remove it's remnants properly.


MCPR                             :  http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe


How to turn on Defender : http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/21962-windows-defender-turn-off-windows-8-a.html


Although Windows defender is a good antivirus, depending on only one AV software is not a good idea. We should use a second opinion Malware scanner in combination with the main antivirus programs.  I recommend installing the free versions of both Malwarebytes and Superantispyware for additional security.


Malwarebytes free        : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/


Superantispyware free : http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/superantispyware/


These are on demand scanners and hence won't interfere with the working of Windows defender. Keep them up to dated and run a full scan once in a week ( separately ).

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:31 PM

From my own experience, I think McAfee Security works well. It is powerful and won't occupy too much space. My friend also told me it will work better if  I can do some set up for that, but I never do that.


You can try to use that for a few times, if you think it is not good for you, you can try other software.

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