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Okay to remove McAfee LiveSafe from new laptop?


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#1 tobyo

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:55 PM

Greetings. It's been a while since I've set up a new computer but my 3 year old laptop has crashed three times now so I bought a new one.

 

In the past I have removed extra programs that I didn't want. This one came with McAfee Live Safe Trial pre-loaded.  In the past I have used Avira free anti-virus but now I'm wondering if I should leave this McAfee intact until the trial is over.  Then remove it?

 

Or should I remove it now and load Avira?  Thoughts or advice please?

 

Thanks!



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 01:27 PM

I would remove it and then stick with Windows Defender.  I remove any trial antivirus/security suite as one of the setup activities on any new machine and with the vast improvements to Windows Defender see no reason to go with a third-party solution anymore.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 03:36 PM

And Windows Defender is standard with Windows 10 correct?

 

Oh, hmmmm.....I found where my Windows Defender is but it says the Windows Defender Antivirus is turned off?? I imagine because McAfee is loaded on here right?  So, turn on WD Antivirus and then remove McAfee?

 

Many thanks!!


Edited by tobyo, 21 July 2018 - 03:38 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 05:29 PM

And Windows Defender is standard with Windows 10 correct?

 

I found where my Windows Defender is but it says the Windows Defender Antivirus is turned off?? I imagine because McAfee is loaded on here right? 

 

So, turn on WD Antivirus and then remove McAfee?

 

 

 

windows defender is included with windows 10

 

windows defender is off because McAfee is active.....windows defender should automatically turn back on when you remove McAfee, but check and make sure,

 

and i agree with everything Britechguy said



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

Excellent!  thanks so much!



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 07:55 PM

And if you really want some nice av clients for free there are a few to look at:

Panda, bitdefender, avira, comodo, adaware.

But really a AV client is really optional these days, with safe browsing habits and enabling stuff like adblock its fine to run without a AV client.

But if you really want one, bitdefender is pretty good.

 

I would remove it and then stick with Windows Defender.  I remove any trial antivirus/security suite as one of the setup activities on any new machine and with the vast improvements to Windows Defender see no reason to go with a third-party solution anymore.

 

 

I dunno i still feel windows defender still has its blind spots for those who are into more thorough virus scans plus it has been slow to update compared to some of the third party clients


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 11:26 PM

hmmm interesting. I have used Avira for years.........thanks for this info MadmanRB. I will keep it in mind!



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 11:37 PM

Yeah avira isnt too bad, though it has seen better days

 

For me i actually like panda, it has a few pros and cons but i still like it.

A second runner up is bitdefender but only because i find its user interface lacking


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 12:52 PM

Panda was my "go to" antivirus until the recent major upgrades to Windows Defender in the Windows 8 and 10 environments.

 

It's got a very light footprint.

 

That being said, I'm back to my original position:  There are very, very few instances where Windows Defender as currently implemented, and constantly under improvement, would not be wholly satisfactory in both home and business/large entity environments.

 

For those who buy into the antivirus tests and ratings many of those are placing Windows Defender in their top 10 lists over the last couple of years.


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:10 PM

Important to use the removal tool supplied by Mcafee, of not you may have issues!

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/mcafee-consumer-products-removal-tool/


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 06:31 AM

Important to use the removal tool supplied by Mcafee, of not you may have issues!

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/mcafee-consumer-products-removal-tool/

 

um......I haven't looked at your link yet but I already removed it via the Windows removal tool.  I guess I takes my chances now.........



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Posted 25 July 2018 - 06:32 AM

okay just looked at your link. it lists older versions of Windows so hopefully I'm okay. this new machine runs Windows 10.

 

what kind of problems are there? 



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Posted 25 July 2018 - 07:49 AM

Not sure about any issues with the removal tool and 10, I do know many have had a pain getting fully rid of McAfee.  On several occasions I have had to reinstall McAfee then use the tool, issues vary but many have experienced them.  If nothing comes up in your case great, if not got the reinstall route.

 

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 07:53 AM

An interesting read from a 10 user.

 

https://community.mcafee.com/t5/Consumer-General-Discussions/McAfee-Removal-Tried-tool-in-Windows-10/m-p/527832#M32190


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 10:10 AM

It was a trial version that came with my new machine. Pretty sure I have removed them via Windows uninstall feature before but thanks for the link, I will check it out.


Edited by tobyo, 25 July 2018 - 10:11 AM.





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