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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:49 PM
Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:16 AM
Hello John -
Briefly the reply to your top paragraph is : Yes, those are the directions I would post to you, or others.
playing with it for 2 days ....... I'm an old hardware man ........
Anyway, enlightenment will be profoundly appreciated!
I only started with Tape operations, so you do have a bit on me but now .....
There seems very little that we can enlighten you with, unless you are otherwise specific.
Maybe best to change security suites before driver updates etc. that go with Win 8.1 update?
That part would only be up to what you are happier with !
I have "played" with a Win 8, and found I was more set on my Win 7 for now ( just me ).
In general, I think that you more than have a grasp on your current situation.
Thank you for posting your views -
Posted 31 October 2013 - 07:42 AM
Although McAfee is as good as any other well known anti-virus program, it requires numerous services and running processes that consume a lot of system resources and often results in complaints of high CPU usage. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and create files/folders/registry entries in various locations. If you do a Google Search you will find there have been numerous complaints about it affecting system performance. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative as a replacement. McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.
... Past experience suggests I would be happier with a different suite (such as Avast! Internet Security). Two questions arise: 1) is my past skepsis of McAfee still justified, such that replacement would be a good idea
Posted 08 November 2013 - 09:09 PM
I am not at all adamant about using a suite. I've been using Avast! free antivirus for years; and recently upgraded to Avast! Internet Security ... with some doubt about whether that was even a wise move. This on my antique (2004) home desktop computer. I have no complaint about the Avast! Internet Security ... but appreciate your point that individual components (e.g. a standalone AV program) may be preferable.
If I were to install Avast! antivirus (rather than a suite) on the Win8 laptop, what other things would go well with it? On my old WinXP desktop (soon to be replaced, I hope) I used, besides the Avast! free AV, the Windows firewall, SpywareBlaster, WinPatrol, the MVPS Hosts file, and regular scans with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Occasionally I look at a HiJackThis scan to see if there's anything there I don't recognize. The only recent change (a few weeks ago) was to upgrade the Avast! to the Internet Security suite. Most of my "surfing" is of a scholarly nature (I am a semi-retired research biologist with wide-ranging interests, and also currently General Manager of a small rural water district, owner of a mailing list devoted to tick-borne diseases in dogs, moderator and "guru" on several other lists devoted to genetics of dogs, etc.) and so far I have not (so far as I know <G>) picked up any infections. Of course on the lists I see the usual toxic E-mails, but they are usually easily recognized and deleted. Had my address used, a couple of years ago, to send out thousands of spam E-mails mostly to Russia and former Soviet countries ... traced the spammers to Saudi Arabia (where I lived many years ago, but that's purely fortuitous I think) but they changed address constantly (of course) and I got little joy from the FCC (no surprise, grin and bear it <G>).
Thanks for any words of wisdom!
Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:12 PM
Windows 8 Security
Microsoft is adding a bunch of significant new security features in Windows 8, including Early Launch Anti Malware (ELAM), Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), and the first edition of Windows Defender to protect not just against malware but also against viruses...Until Windows 8, Windows Defender protected against spyware only. Now, it also takes on viruses and other breeds of malware..
Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:01 PM
Both Win8 machines I bought (one for me, one for the office) came with McAfee pre-installed. How does that affect the new and better Windows Defender? And, of course, how does that affect my idea of replacing the McAfee with Avast! antivirus?
After posting the previous I looked at your topic "Replacing your antivirus" and the rest of that "best practices" essay. Quite a bit of that was familiar, and some was not. I learned a lot. Should have mentioned that I have used Emsisoft and Secunia PSI. I follow the Emsisoft forums. Try my best to keep everything patched, even if that means a Java update every few days <G>. Talk about a moving target!
Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:18 PM
Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:44 PM
Thanks, that clarifies a lot. I think these Dell laptops came with McAfee LiveSafe preinstalled. Am I correct in thinking I can discover the status of Windows Defender (on or off) by following the path described in the "How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8" link you listed above?
Looking at the comparisons under "checking out your Windows 8 antivirus options" I seem to note that nothing is perfect, and that Windows Defender might not be the best of all possible worlds (I have been downright dismayed by the behavior of Microsoft Security Essentials on the old Win XP laptop in the office). I accept that paid is better than unpaid ... but don't find either Avast! or NOD32 under the "best" products in that article ... hope I am not becoming a dinosaur who keeps things just because they are familiar <G>.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:54 PM
Urk. After posting the above I noticed your earlier comment that "Windows Defender on Windows 8 plus Windows's Firewall, SpywareBlaster, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and WinPatrol is a strong combination." Maybe that will be the best way to go. All familiar territory for me, except the new Windows Defender.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:22 PM
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