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How do you remove MacAfee LiveSafe and replace it with free software


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#1 kenbyrd917

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:28 AM

I have an HP Pavilion running Windows 8.1 which came with MacAfee LiveSafe installed. What steps should I take to remove the MacAfee LS and download free software to replace it?



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:39 AM

Download your free software and save it. After removing McAfee reboot then go into your downloads and install the AV..
Use (MCPR) to uninstall.
If you need a free  AV suggestion , use ◾Avira Antivir


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:02 PM

FYI: A lot of folks miss this part...
 

McAfee recommends you uninstall using the Windows Control Panel before running the MCPR (McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool).

How to uninstall your products using MCPR.exe


IMPORTANT: You must uninstall your McAfee products using the Windows Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8, 7 and Vista) before you run MCPR.

How to uninstall or reinstall McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool Download


Why not use Windows Defender on Windows 8 which integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection? Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows 8 Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and uses the same virus definition updates.

* Windows Defender on Windows 8 - Introduction and FAQs
* Windows 8: new and improved security features
* Windows 8 Security: Defender Antivirus
* Windows Defender and Windows SmartScreen

Since Windows 8 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it may be disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. If a trial anti-virus came preinstalled on your computer, it most likely turned Windows 8 Defender off (disabled) to avoid conflicts. Windows 8 Defender will remain disabled until the third party anti-virus has been completely uninstalled and then Windows 8 Defender needs to be activated if you choose to use it.If you want to use another anti-virus it is recommended to disable Windows 8 Defender before installing a different antivirus software.
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Posted 15 May 2014 - 11:24 AM

Thanks, Boopme. Thanks, quietman7.  You've been very helpful.



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 01:57 PM

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