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How bad is McAfee really??


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#1 Nora10514

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

I'm told that McAfee is the worst anti virus software.  Can someone comment on this?  I recently subscribed to McAfee's Total Protection and use if for scanning.  McAfee never finds anything.  Do I need to worry?   I also use McAfee real time scanning and the web advisor from McAfee.  What should I be using for complete protection?    Thanks.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

worst?  no, it's a widely-used product, by personal and business clients; it's as good as most major vendors; the only issue is the retail cost/price - higher than the average. Check these websites:

 http://www.tomsguide.com/t/antivirus/

 http://www.thetop10antivirus.com/best-antivirus-software

 https://www.bestonlinesecurity.com/ 

 

I would also suggest you check AVAST (http://www.avast.com).   Good antivirus tool, and it's free.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:32 AM

What should I be using for complete protection?

Your head. :lmao:

But seriously, I don't think McAfee is all that bad. It's average & mediocre, that's all.
I personally don't use an anti-virus program, an anti-malware program or some kind of firewall, since I don't do e-banking or store all that much data on my computer.
I would recommend the following programs as a protection, in this order:

1.Malwarebytes
2.Avast Anti-virus
3.Eset Nod32

Hope this somewhat helps!
:)

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

I couldn't go to the top 10 anti virus.  McAfee blocked this website.  Thanks for your comment.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:10 PM

You may want to review some of the statistical data maintained at https://www.virusbulletin.com/testing/results/compare/vb100-antimalware .  This site seems to be one of the few that that I would consider capable of providing quality data re the myriad of software out there today.

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 07:43 PM

thanks but I could not find McAfee or Norton on the site that compares anti virus software.



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

You should be able to search on this subject using bing, google, etc

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:30 AM

Although McAfee (now owned by Intel Security) 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 install kernel mode drivers and resource heavy processes that load at boot-up. Installation also results in the creation of numerous files, folders, and registry entries in various locations making it more difficult to remove. Further, there have been numerous complaints about lack of sufficient support from the vendor.

Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for an alternative anti-virus. IMO, McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers. With that said, there are a lot of folks who prefer using this anti-virus solution (especially if it came preinstalled) and there is nothing wrong with staying with a product you are satisfied with and do not mind paying for.
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Posted 29 March 2017 - 02:45 AM

Mcafee it's not a bad Antivirus before I used this software its working proper never give any problem but now I'm using Windows 10 and Windows 10 you will get by default Windows Defender it is free Microsoft Antivirus.



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:08 AM

McAfee is a decent anti-virus, have been using on my home pc for like 4 years now and i am protected.



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:46 PM

I used Livesafe for a year.Resource heavy,but did the job.Now using Windows Defender with Voodooshield.This setup is light,but Voodooshield may scare some users as it requires some knowledge.



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

As I noted previously, McAfee is as good as any other well known anti-virus program but tends to be resource heavy.
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