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Getting rid of built-in McAfee and installing Kaspersky


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#1 Barginski

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 11:42 AM

Hello all,

 

I just purchased my first smartphone, which is an Android. Unbeknownst to me, it came pre-loaded with McAfee Security, which I am not a huge fan of. The phone is not letting me uninstall/remove it due to the fact that its built in. I have Kaspersky Internet Security on my PC, and I have a license for up to 3 machines. I see that KIS has an android version as well. Would there be a way for me to get rid of McAfee and get Kaspersky on this phone? I'm afraid they'll conflict if they're both on there.



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#2 boopme

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 12:36 PM

It's probably a System App then and can't be uninstalled but, it can be locked.
Uninstalling as device administrator

1.Go to 'Settings' and select 'Security'. ...
2.Select 'Select device administrators'.
3.From the list of available apps select McAfee Security and then select 'Deactivate' to remove the app from the device administrator list.
4.The device will now be automatically locked.
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Posted 07 June 2016 - 06:44 AM

After getting rid of McAfee, don't install kaspersky or any other av software. They are not needed at all. Android doesn't have serious malware issues like windows yet. Only install apps from google play store, use well known apps and try to stay away from freshly launched apps, and you will be good to go. And turn off installation from unknown sources in security settings. You may want to look at this link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/612176/how-effective-are-android-avs/



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 01:28 AM

This may not be what you want especially if your smartphone is expensive:

Maybe if you had a smartphone, an inexpensive one,  which has no security/anti-infection software installed, then you could search for and install your choice.






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