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What free security software for 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows

    What free security software for 8.1


    Hello All

    The free trial of McFee security package that came with my HP lap top ended.

    Please recomend a replacement security for my laptop with Windows 8.1, or a sight that offers sugestions.

    Lastly is their a way to stop the pop up McFee adds ?


    Gordon33

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  2. #2


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Check these tutorials for AV. No definite answer, user's choice.


    https://www.eightforums.com/gtsearch....2Ftutorials%2F

    Make sure you completely remove McAfee. Try the McAfee Removal Tool or this uninstaller posted by borg. Others may have other suggestions to completely remove.

    How to uninstall or re-install supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool

    Uninstallers (removal tools) for common Windows antivirus software - ESET Knowledgebase

    The McAfee ads should stop if it is completely removed. Run AdW Cleaner to check for adware.

    https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewd.../1-adwcleaner/
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows


    Hello Torre
    I

    Thank you for the reply. I will work on removing McAffe soon.

    gordon33
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  4. #4


    Posts : 13
    Windows


    Hello Torre

    The links were easy to find and use. Things look better already. No more pop ups from Mc Afee.

    Gordon33
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    Windows


    Hello All

    What free security protection can I use to protect Windows 8.1.

    Gordon33
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  6. #6


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Try Avast Free, light on resources and effective.
    https://www.avast.com/index
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    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon33 View Post
    Hello All

    What free security protection can I use to protect Windows 8.1.

    Gordon33
    The built in Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Free as on-demand. Plus for once a month Microsoft updates the MRT(Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool) in search type MRT and pin it to start screen, it can be used when Defender finds something but can't remove it itself,. Those three things have been enough for me for years and when used with IE11 Smart Screen, Activex filtering, get tracking protection(Stop Google Tracking, Privacy Choice) You'll have a pretty solid malware protection.

    One thing really speaks for Windows Defender is, a lot of the problems with the patch Tuesday updates go back to compatibility problems with 3rd party AV's.

    This is just my opinion and what I use. I have tried others and really liked TrenMicro too, but they don't have a free version and Windows Defender/ on Win7 Microsoft Security Essentials has always Warned/Protected me.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    What if I have Norton Internet Security on my desktop 8.1 system? Do I still need another anti-virus software, or should I get rid of Norton altogether?
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    Windows 7 ultimate and windows 10


    Comodo Dragon works great
    use Malwarebytes if you think u have a virus
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Try it if you wish and see how it works for you but it is not free.

    Norton Internet Security is a resources hog and has been known to cause problems on some systems. Should you wish to uninstall it, use their removal too.
    https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/...rProfile_en_us
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