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#1 rp-57

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 11:13 AM

Hello,

 

I have a new laptop and is a windows 8 and laptop as you know has mcafee security already installed.

I'am interested in taking mcafee off laptop and I thought I had seen the same question asked on one of the forums here but I cannot find the forum about taking off mcafee.

 

I think if my memory serves me correct you add or save the security of your choice first on your computer then you remove mcafee or what ever you need to remove.

 

One other situation I was concerned bout is mcafee has there own firewall on my laptop and I guess once mcafee is removed then have to make sure the computer firewall is turned on.

can anyone add any info here that can help and let me know what I need to do or what is best to do.

 

Thank you have a great day. :love4u:



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 12:02 PM

Steps for Replacing your Anti-virus

McAfee recommends you uninstall using Programs and Features (or Add/Remove Programs) before running their McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR).

* How to uninstall your products using MCPR.exe
* How to uninstall or reinstall McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
* McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool BleepingComputer download

Note: Sometimes the uninstall works more effectively if you first stop and disable the program's service (and associated processes) or perform the removal in safe mode so there are less processes which can interfere with the uninstallation.
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Posted 01 November 2014 - 12:05 PM

If a third party trial anti-virus came preinstalled on your computer or you installed one yourself, it most likely turned Windows 8 Defender off (disabled) to avoid conflicts since it includes anti-virus protection. 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.How to turn on or off the firewall in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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Posted 01 November 2014 - 12:32 PM

What I have done on our laptop and computer is install the anti virus the want first then uninstall mcafee


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 03:11 PM

What I have done on our laptop and computer is install the anti virus the want first then uninstall mcafee

Since you should not have two anti-virus programs installed at the same time, I would not recommend that method.
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Posted 01 November 2014 - 06:04 PM

 

What I have done on our laptop and computer is install the anti virus the want first then uninstall mcafee

Since you should not have two anti-virus programs installed at the same time, I would not recommend that method.

 

Ok but if you do not have one activated ????

 


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 08:05 PM

See the IMPORTANT NOTE about not using more than one anti-virus program in this topic: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
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Posted 01 November 2014 - 08:22 PM

Steps for Replacing your Anti-virus

McAfee recommends you uninstall using Programs and Features (or Add/Remove Programs) before running their McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR).

* How to uninstall your products using MCPR.exe
* How to uninstall or reinstall McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)
* McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool BleepingComputer download

Note: Sometimes the uninstall works more effectively if you first stop and disable the program's service (and associated processes) or perform the removal in safe mode so there are less processes which can interfere with the uninstallation.

Thankyou for the wonderful info I will follow this through.

Has been a big help. :love4u:



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 08:35 PM

See the IMPORTANT NOTE about not using more than one anti-virus program in this topic: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program

Thanks I'll read it tonight


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 08:38 PM

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:21 PM

Hello,

 

I have a new laptop and is a windows 8 and laptop as you know has mcafee security already installed.

I'am interested in taking mcafee off laptop and I thought I had seen the same question asked on one of the forums here but I cannot find the forum about taking off mcafee.

 

I think if my memory serves me correct you add or save the security of your choice first on your computer then you remove mcafee or what ever you need to remove.

 

One other situation I was concerned bout is mcafee has there own firewall on my laptop and I guess once mcafee is removed then have to make sure the computer firewall is turned on.

can anyone add any info here that can help and let me know what I need to do or what is best to do.

 

Thank you have a great day. :love4u:

I am using McAfee for almost 2 years now, so far I haven't encountered any big problem. Here are some features of McAfee that might help you: It helps you check your computer for your core protection and determine if it's on and up to date; Its scan time is very fast; It easily detects malware, trojans, and potentially unwanted programs in running processes and modules loaded by these processes. I have read lots of reviews about McAfee too, and I was amazed about it.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:43 PM

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.

Further McAfee products, like Symantec, are becoming difficult to remove and remnants are often left behind which require the use of a special removal tool, otherwise you may encounter problems installing a replacement anti-virus. To be fair, other vendors are also using removal tools for the same reason. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative. IMO, McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.
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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:53 PM

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.

Further McAfee products, like Symantec, are becoming difficult to remove and remnants are often left behind which require the use of a special removal tool, otherwise you may encounter problems installing a replacement anti-virus. To be fair, other vendors are also using removal tools for the same reason. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative. IMO, McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.

So in your honest opinion do you think or know removing mcafee would be the best thing or the worse thing?



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:58 PM

Since you have a new laptop, the version of McAfee which came pre-installed was most likely a trial version. That means you will need to purchase a license after the expiration period to continue to use it. If you are going to pay for an anti-virus, I recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
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Posted 03 November 2014 - 09:04 PM

Since you have a new laptop, the version of McAfee which came pre-installed was most likely a trial version. That means you will need to purchase a license after the expiration period to continue to use it. If you are going to pay for an anti-virus, I recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

You are correct mcafee came with computer and is a trial version.

 

I'am undecided if I should let mcafee run its course or just uninstall before the trial ends.






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