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Macafee's mcagent.exe and Avast Free anti virus


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#1 gyrene70

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:30 AM

Equipment and installed Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware software:

 

Asus 200s notebook, windows 8.1 updated

 

Avast free anti virus (always running)

Malwarebytes Anti malware

Super Anti Spyware (always running)

Spybot search and destroy (just installed, running at the moment)

herd protect scanner

 

Was using Ccleaner to look at my startup programs, found mcagent.exe. It appears to be an updater for Macafee's anti virus. I don't care for their program, so if it was pre installed I removed it.

 

 

Does anyone know if any of my other programs would use it? If it doesn't serve a purpose I'd rather not use the CPU cycles.

 

Thanks


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:36 AM

having all these anti virus programs running at the same time will do more harm then good,

 

pick one and stick with it, disable or remove the others



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:42 AM

mikey, he only have one Antivirus product installed, which is avast! Free Antivirus. The rest: Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot and herdProtect are all Antimalware. There's differences between an Antivirus and Antimalware, they are important to know. Also, gyrene, you're fine. The McAfee component you deleted is solely used by McAfee products, not your avast! or any other Antimalware program on your system so it's all good.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:50 AM

Thanks, it will be off the machine shortly!



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:55 AM

No problem. If needed, you could run the McAfee Clean-up Tool to make sure that it'll remove any traces of McAfee left on your system.

http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:34 AM

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

Use the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool (MCPR) to remove data completely for a McAfee Security product installation on a supported Windows operating system.

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)
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