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Swapping McAfee for Microsoft Essentials w/Win 7


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#1 wdrbbq

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 08:28 PM

Tomorrow I will be receiving a Dell laptop which comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and McAfee Anti-Virus already installed, on a trial basis I'm sure. I've had 3 laptops with Widows 7. Two of them had Microsoft Essentials while the other had McAfee. I want to get rid of McAfee and install Micro Essentials while having protection the entire time. I believe the sequence should be to download Microsoft Essentials, uninstall McAfee, and then install Micro Essentials. I'd like to know if anyone has uninstalled McAfee and then installed Micro Essentials and could verify that I have the sequence correct and could advise me relative to potential pitfalls to avoid so that protection during the transition will be seamless. Thanks.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 09:02 PM

You may want to read: Steps for Replacing your Anti-virus

The correct way to remove McAfee is through its program folder via Start > All Programs or by Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel, reboot when done, and then run the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR).

IMPORTANT: If your McAfee products were pre-installed by your computer manufacturer, ensure that you activate your McAfee subscription to retain your entitlement before you attempt to remove it. Intel Security recommends that you uninstall your McAfee home user products using the Windows removal methods... If you are not able to remove your products in this way, skip to the Download and run the MCPR tool...

BTW, there are other alternatives to choose from. I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay, then I would recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.
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Posted 22 November 2016 - 09:24 PM

Thank you for a prompt, informative response. I've saved this post with the accompanying links and will be reviewing it shortly. It looks like exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

I have a few years of experience with the combination of Win 7, Malwarebytes Premium, and Microsoft Essentials. They work well together. I'm a big fan of Mbytes Premium with real time protection. I'll get that combo every time if I can. I once had Avast and saw a virus disassemble it in a nano second, complete with a fake Avast screen, mocking me for having Avast.

 

I have one question concerning the quote above: ."If your McAfee products were pre-installed by your computer manufacturer, ensure that you activate your McAfee subscription before you uninstall them."

Why would I activate my subscription if I'm going to uninstall it? I guarantee it would never be re-installed.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 10:47 PM

I left out a portion of the McAfee quote when I copied and pasted it. This is the pertinent part which I also corrected above.

IMPORTANT: If your McAfee products were pre-installed by your computer manufacturer, ensure that you activate your McAfee subscription to retain your entitlement before you attempt to remove it.

The note is to alert those who may want to reinstall McAfee at some later date which cannot be done unless they activated the subscription.
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Posted 22 November 2016 - 11:03 PM

I thought so but wasn't sure. That's why I said I was sure I would never re-install it. Thanks. You've been very helpful.



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Posted 23 November 2016 - 06:19 AM

You're welcome.
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