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McAffee vs Norton Internet Security


edythe

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#1
have a new pre-loaded McAfee Lenovo PC ... can transfer my NIS at end of 'trial' or keep McAfee in place - any opinions about which plays 'nicer' with Win 8? thanks in advance - Edythe
 

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paulsalter

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#2
not sure which is the best

I got my Win 8 machine last June, upgraded to 8.1 when it was released and not had any issues with Mcafee so far
 

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elbmek

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#3
whether to use McAfee or Norton. When I bought my pc; the first thing I did was uninstall Norton, same for two laptops. Norton is VERY heavy software to use and is takes over such a large amount of the relevant system. Not only that but not many people know but it plants a spyware software hidden in the symantec folder which is NOT deleted on uninstall. but it can be manually deleted if you know its there. norton then continue to monitor your usage even when its not in the computer.


I now use Defender, good kit and FREE
 

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turbofish

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#4
Just use the defender from Microsoft. It's free, does a good enough job and uses a LOT less resources. But the biggest thing is just don't do anything stupid like blindly clicking you're brains out. I haven't seen a virus on a machine of mine for over a decade using either no anti-virus or the bare minimum from Microsoft. It you stay away from porn sites, don't know what you are doing with warez sites, think before clicking a link to will be fine
 

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elbmek

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#5
Defender is NOT a 'bare minimum' from MS any more, its quality protection nowadays and costs nothing. Win 7 still uses MSE, but Defender in 8 and 8.1 is even better than MSE, in fact its replaced it. My daughter laptop and mine, both win 7 run MSE with zero problems and I buy a lot of games from online.
 

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    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
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turbofish

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#6
Well, could you install less than defender? It comes along with the ride
 

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edythe

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#7
not sure which is the best

I got my Win 8 machine last June, upgraded to 8.1 when it was released and not had any issues with Mcafee so far
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decided to stay with McAfee - with new machine - i also upgraded to it's newest program ... thanks for your input.
 

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elbmek

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#8
As always, users choice. Happy surfing edythe
 

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    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
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    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

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whs

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#9
I use NIS since years. Have not yet found any better AV program. Very light, does scans when PC is idle and does not bother you.

McAfee I always uninstall first thing when I get a PC with it - even when it is a free 24 month license like on my last PC.
 

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edythe

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#10
As always, users choice. Happy surfing edythe
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hi - don't know if i made correct decision - ie staying with pre-installed McAfee (that was upgraded to the ''new'' 3-user version of it's ''internet security-version yesterday '').... i just didn't want to deal with transferring my current Norton NIS that is 'sitting' in my just-retired' computer ... if things don't work with McAfee i can always uninstall it and have NIS downloaded ... any input is welcome - thanks so much, Edythe
 

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edythe

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#11
I use NIS since years. Have not yet found any better AV program. Very light, does scans when PC is idle and does not bother you.

McAfee I always uninstall first thing when I get a PC with it - even when it is a free 24 month license like on my last PC.
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why do you not like mcafee? i know nothing about these programs - still have NIS sitting in my just-retired computer (good until next sept) but decided it was easier just to stay with mCaFEE for the time-being .Also when i registered to stay with McAfee they updated me to newer IS version for 3-computers...i could always transfer NIS ...so much gymnastics setting up this new machine i took the 'easy' way out right now - thanks so much for any input - Edythe
 

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System One

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    Windows 8 (plain '8')
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo
    Browser
    CHROME & /OR AOL
    Antivirus
    McAfee ISS
    Other Info
    SuperAntiSpyWare/MalewareBytes

m4v3r1ck

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#12
For me ESET Cyber Security Pro is the most user- & system (recourses) friendly AV I've ever used! Use it both for MAC OS X / Windows 8 Pro x64!
 

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elbmek

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#13
My memory of norton goes back over 5-8 years. When Norton kicked in to do anything, it took over my resources, if I had been playing a game, it went either super slow or crashed. If using Word etc, typing became delayed by up to 15 - 20 seconds. General usage was a calamity. Eventually, got rid of norton and the pc came alive, never went back. Then later on, I spotted the symantec folder hideen away, it came to light when something I was trying out told me I had spyware IN symantec folder! Norton was 'watching me' - BYEEEEEE
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    pc specialist made to order
    CPU
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

    2TB Seagate SATA HDD

    500Gb SATA docked
    Case
    In Win Turbo
    Cooling
    Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    microsoft mutlimedia keyboard
    Mouse
    logitech corded
    Internet Speed
    152mb
    Browser
    FF, IE11
    Antivirus
    AVG Internet Security 2015
    Other Info
    16x BLU-RAY WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

    10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

whs

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#14
I use NIS since years. Have not yet found any better AV program. Very light, does scans when PC is idle and does not bother you.

McAfee I always uninstall first thing when I get a PC with it - even when it is a free 24 month license like on my last PC.
---------------------------
why do you not like mcafee? i know nothing about these programs - still have NIS sitting in my just-retired computer (good until next sept) but decided it was easier just to stay with mCaFEE for the time-being .Also when i registered to stay with McAfee they updated me to newer IS version for 3-computers...i could always transfer NIS ...so much gymnastics setting up this new machine i took the 'easy' way out right now - thanks so much for any input - Edythe
If you get along with McAfee, that's fine. I had all kinds of problems with it in the Vista days and since then I avoid it. Personal choice.
 

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whs

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#15
My memory of norton goes back over 5-8 years. When Norton kicked in to do anything, it took over my resources, if I had been playing a game, it went either super slow or crashed. If using Word etc, typing became delayed by up to 15 - 20 seconds. General usage was a calamity. Eventually, got rid of norton and the pc came alive, never went back. Then later on, I spotted the symantec folder hideen away, it came to light when something I was trying out told me I had spyware IN symantec folder! Norton was 'watching me' - BYEEEEEE
Today's NIS is different. But maybe McAfee is different too. Personal choice.
 

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    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

elbmek

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#16
I did have a try at Norton 365 (I think it was called) now that was horrendous. Couldn't wait to get it out and refunded
 

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    Win 10
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    pc specialist made to order
    CPU
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790 (3.6GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard
    ASUS® H81M-PLUS: Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs
    Memory
    16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 750 Ti - DVI, mHDMI, VGA - 3D Vision Ready
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    iiyama 24 inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB 3.5" SEAGATE SSHD, SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM (64MB + 8GB SSD CACHE)

    2TB Seagate SATA HDD

    500Gb SATA docked
    Case
    In Win Turbo
    Cooling
    Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    microsoft mutlimedia keyboard
    Mouse
    logitech corded
    Internet Speed
    152mb
    Browser
    FF, IE11
    Antivirus
    AVG Internet Security 2015
    Other Info
    16x BLU-RAY WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

    10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

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